• Boycotting: Putting power back in the hands of consumers

    By on April 3, 2018

    It’s easy to feel helpless. Even if documentaries on scandals surrounding major brands such as LIDL and Haribo cause outrage, citizens find themselves stuck without a solution as soon as they turn off their TVs. Still, civic engagement platforms and activists are proving that boycotting has an impact. We spoke to the individuals who stop at nothing. 

  • Björk, Gramatik and Bitcoins: Fuck the system?

    By on Dec. 1, 2017

    The two European artists are riding the Bitcoin hype by asking their fans to start using cryptocurrencies. Their goal? To revolutionise the musical industry and show the entire world that digital money is the future. 

  • What does CETA mean for the European Union?

    By on Feb. 17, 2017

    On Wednesday, the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement with Canada. Some commentators argue that this represents a major stand against populism in the EU, while others fear it will only make populism in Europe stronger.

  • Is Finland's basic income a good idea?

    By on Jan. 6, 2017

    On New Year's Day, Finland implemented a trial run of an unconditonal basic income - selecting 2,000 citizens at random and paying them 560 euros per month. It's a scheme that's been discussed in many countries across Europe in the past, but can it actually work? 

  • Why is the whole of the EU talking about CETA? 

    The EU-Canada Trade Agreement (CETA) has been a concern in many member states recently. The European Council attempted to overcome the deadlock caused by Wallonia’s refusal to back Belgium in signing on the agreement, but to no avail. Cafébabel asks what CETA means and why it’s important for the EU’s trade policy in the future...

  • Belgian resistance scuppers the EU's CETA agreement

    By on Oct. 19, 2016

    The EU's trade ministers postponed signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement. The strongest opposition comes from the French-speaking part of Belgium, whose consent the federal government needs to approve the agreement. Are the Walloons spoiling a major opportunity for Europe or are they the voice of the people?

  • Germany is in revolt over TTIP and CETA

    By on Sept. 27, 2016

    While the EU negotiates the free trade agreements Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the USA, more dissent is stirring in Germany than in any other country - even though Germany is one of the countries that will profit the most from these agreements. We asked why the Germans protest so actively.

  • Map of the Week: University fees in Europe

    By on Aug. 2, 2016

    Application season is long over; now students are desperately waiting to see whether they'll be offered a place at university. If Mum and Dad don't have the funds to help you, you should avoid going to England to study: that's where the tuiton fees are highest.

  • Behind the numbers: Basic income, who'd have it best?

    By on June 17, 2016

    On Sunday the 5th of June, the Swiss rejected the idea of an unconditional basic income, a concept is mired in controversy. While some see it as the first step on the way to a socialist utopia, others are sounding warning alarms. Meanwhile, The Economist has calculated how much citizens would get if a basic income was introduced in other countries.

  • Behind the numbers: 5% of Greek bailout went to citizens

    By on May 9, 2016

    Cutbacks in public spending, increased taxes, reforms to pension and unemployment policies – these are just some of the effects that austerity measures have had on the Greek people. Since 2010, the country has received 215.9 billion euros in bailouts. Where did all that money go?