Archives: Investigations

“We were slaves”

People who cross the river Evros from Turkey to Greece to seek international protection are arrested by Greek police every day. They are often beaten, robbed and detained in police stations before illegally being sent back across the river. The asylum seekers are moved from the detention sites towards the river bank in police trucks […]

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The Hunger Profiteers

Whilst food prices were already on the rise prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the outbreak of war in Europe’s breadbasket prompted them to skyrocket, pushing them out of reach of poor consumers. But at what cost? And who has profited?

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Ukraine Exodus

How to respond to the Europe’s rediscovery of compassion for refugees without ignoring damaging double standards

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Europe’s Black Seas

Discharging oily wastewater has been outlawed globally for decades. But despite a sophisticated satellite monitoring system the practice is still common today – with potentially devastating effects for the environment

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From Switzerland with love

Uncovering the reality behind Swiss arms exports: while sold as civilian goods or with a humanitarian purpose, their violent impact is felt by civilians from the Brazilian favelas to the marketplaces of Afghanistan.

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Syrians fleeing Denmark

Mapping the desperate refugees and fellow EU countries facing the fall-out from Copenhagen’s decision to declare Damascus safe for returns

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Moria: After the Fire

Tracing a year in the life of asylum seekers who survived the blaze that destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp

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EU Spy Tech Serves Myanmar Junta

While the military coup and deadly crackdown in Myanmar has drawn European condemnation, EU funds and technology have secretly aided the junta in spying on its own population

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What is Palantir Doing in Europe?

The controversial US tech company is putting down roots in the EU’s security, public health and aviation sectors as well as its data infrastructure, raising questions

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Recycling Lies

Delving into the plastic waste labyrinth to unveil how traders illegally ship Europe’s growing stockpile of plastic waste. And how it ends up in landfills and rivers far from the EU

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UK’s toothless arms control

The UK claims to strictly control its arms exports, but an investigation traced British-made sniper rifles to Yemen, Syria and Russian-occupied Ukraine

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Invisible Workers

Europe-wide investigation reveals modern slavery conditions for migrant workers on Europe’s farms at height of pandemic

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Masked men

The most violent pushbacks at Europe’s external borders are done by men in balaclavas. Are they vigilantes or clandestine state forces?

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Pushbacks Chapter two

Greek coastguard employing more aggressive tactics in intercepting asylum seekers and towing them back on life rafts towards Turkey

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Torment in Turkey

Encouraged by Erdogan, thousands took to the Pazarkule border gate. But they soon realised they were pawns in a power game

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Pushbacks Chapter one

Documenting a new wave in Greece of extrajudicial deportations overland and at sea, a practice that came to be known as deep pushbacks

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Central Mediterranean

Revealing the EU’s role in the wholesale violation of international law and the creation of a refoulement by proxy off Libya

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Sudan’s violent new rulers

A journey into uncharted territory in Sudan, with the perpetrators of atrocities in Darfur, reveals the true nature of its self-styled saviors

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Returns to Harm

Europe spends vast sums to return migrants and asylum seekers. We track the costs and consequences of this deportation machine

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Shadow Population

Why has Europe stopped counting its undocumented population and what does this tell us about the possible failures of hardline migration policies

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French arms, and deception

France claims to have one of the world’s strictest arms exports regimes but its weapons go to warmongers and repressive rulers

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