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Egypt, important but underexposed player in EU migration policy

CAÏRO - With the war in the Gaza Strip, negotiations on a billion-dollar deal between the European Union (EU) and Egypt gained momentum. In exchange for more financial support, the EU wants Egypt to keep its borders tightly guarded. The EU envisions a "golden age" of cooperation with Egypt. 

How Carbon Capture Is a Gift To Big Oil

  • Energy
  • Environment

LONDON – With Europe reeling from heat waves and wildfires, the EU is backing projects to capture industrial emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key pillar in its fight against climate change. But what if these multi-billion-euro schemes make the problem worse?

Power and Repression

  • Corruption
  • Exploitation

TUNIS - Since the 2011 Revolution for Dignity and Freedom, the European Union and individual member states have funded the Tunisian security apparatus with more than 500 millions euros.

Giovanni Culmone

Bitter Berries - Exploitation of Nepali Workers in Portugal

  • Agriculture
  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

KATHMANDU / ODEMIRA / BERLIN – This investigation revealed a system of informal agencies and debt bondage that thousands of Nepali migrant workers face when working in Portuguese berry fields.

Why, and How, African Wild Meat Comes to Europe

  • Environment

BRUSSELS / PARIS – Many Europeans would not know wild African meat is eaten in cities around Europe, tonnes and tonnes of it being smuggled for the demand of some African communities. What does it mean — for preservation of endangered species, but also for preservation of cultural identity, and how can regulation be improved for everyone's benefit? 

Non-transportable livestock

  • Agriculture
  • Transport

LOW COUNTRIES - Belgium as a drain on the Dutch cattle industry

The Black Sea in Peril: The Echoes of War Ripple Beyond Borders

  • Armed conflict
  • Environment
  • Politics

NOVA KAKHOVKA – In June 2023 the Russian military targeted Ukraine's Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, triggering an ecocide that strained the ecological resilience of the region. The polluted water added to the Black Sea's ongoing environmental degradation because of negligence and weak policies in the region.

Black sea war damage

Fishy Seafood: How Russia Avoids Sanctions

VLADIVOSTOK / BUSAN – After Russia attacked Ukraine, the West acted swiftly. Within months, the Western alliance imposed hard-hitting sanctions against the Eastern giant. However, these sanctions did not affect most Russian fishing industries, which kept exporting 1.1 billion USD of seafood into Europe

Perilous New Pathways

  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

HONG KONG/WARSAW - Filipino workers are increasingly being lured by word of mouth as well as social media accounts promoting jobs in Poland. 

The Netherlands and Belgium not aligned in fight against drugs

  • Industry
  • Justice
  • Politics

The ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam are the main European gateway for cocaine. Publicly, the Netherlands and Belgium proclaim their united commitment to breaking the backbone of the drug trade. But behind the scenes, differences in political culture are at play, and resentment and gloom reign.