Most powerful man in Romania investigated in Brazil
Liviu Dragnea, leader of the governing Social-Democratic Party, considered the most powerful man in Romania, is being investigated for money laundering in Brazil as well as fraud in his own country.
16 Mar 2018
Central & Eastern Europe
Hungarian Deputy PM can't explain luxury trips
Hungary's deputy prime minister has taken luxury hunting trips in Sweden, but according to his financial statements, the conservative politician can't afford such lavish adventures.
15 Mar 2018
Police raid and suspension of security official raise suspicions
Peter Gridling, head of Austria's main domestic intelligence agency, was suspended on Tuesday over an alleged infrigement of proper data storage. The charges against him were obtained by the Vienna police, who raided his home and office last month.
15 Mar 2018
“Threat, blackmail and fear do exist today in Hungary"
Renowned Hungarian director Róbert Alföldi opened up about political pressure, intimidation and blackmail after he became persona non grata in the city of Zalaegerszeg.
14 Mar 2018
Politician who accused high-ranking officials of pedophilia faces extradition
Neringa Venckienė, a former judge and parliament member who fled from Lithuania to the U.S. in 2013, has been charged with violating a court order over the custody of her niece, whom she claims was abused.
13 Mar 2018
Switching sides: the politicians who become lobbyists
Numerous former heads of state and retired politicians, some of whom were staunch opponents of "big business," accept questionable offers from large companies, becoming lobbyists for industries they used to regulate.
12 Mar 2018
Irish government PR spins close to propaganda
The Strategic Communications Unit, recently established by the government, has come under fire this week for directing newspapers to publish paid-for advertorials without using the word “advertising”.
9 Mar 2018
Counterfeit Russian art throws a shadow over the Ghent museum
A collection of Russian avant-garde paintings at the Ghent Fine Arts Museum is under intense scrutiny after Belgian and Russian art experts cast doubt on its authenticity.
9 Mar 2018
When abortion is more controversial than anti-semitism
When three activists wore "Abortion is ok" t-shirts on the cover of a magazine, it caused a nationwide scandal. When a woman wearing the logo of an anti-Semitic organization appeared on a cover feature, the magazine's publishers were praised.
8 Mar 2018
Slovak PM turns to conspiracy theories to appease anger
Following the murder of investigative reporter Ján Kuciak, Slovak president Andrej Kiska has called for snap elections. PM Robert Fico defended himself by accusing the president of conspiring with George Soros.
7 Mar 2018
witnessing the resurgence of scientific racism?
Yernaz Ramautarsing, member of a Dutch alt-right party, declared that black people have a lower IQ than white people. He was going to run as local council member in Amsterdam but withdrew his candidacy after a strong wave of criticism.
6 Mar 2018
Convicted pedophile priest could be reinstated in Italy
An Italian priest who served 6 years in prison for child molestation could soon be saying mass again after the Catholic Church found him innocent of the same charges.
2 Mar 2018
Serbia drops request for expulsion of Belgian reporter
A Belgian journalist who had been denied a residence permit in Serbia was finally allowed to remain after international organizations intervened. The fact that he was initially denied a permit on political grounds did not escape notice.
28 Feb 2018
Macedonia's child abuse scandal reveals flaws in aid work
The head of a center for troubled minors resigned due to sexual abuse allegations of underage Roma girls. The scandal has uncovered serious problems with Macedonia's child protection system.
28 Feb 2018
Young Muslim singer will not be silenced
Mennel Ibtissem wowed the jury of the TV program ‘The Voice’ with an Arabic-language song. For days afterwards, media debated on whether or not she should be allowed to stay on the show. Some were bothered by her turban, some by her past.
27 Feb 2018
Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancee brutally murdered
27-year-old Slovak reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová were found dead late on Sunday evening. Police officials say the murders appears to be linked to Kuciak's extensive investigations of tax fraud and corruption.
26 Feb 2018
Catalan leaders demand truth about Barcelona attacks
Catalan authorities requested that the Spanish intelligence services reveal the nature of their relationship with imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, the mastermind of the 2017 Barcelona terror attacks.
20 Feb 2018
Can charity employees use sex workers while on mission?
A debate about standards for aid workers has erupted in Britain following accusations that Oxfam covered up sexual misconduct in second-world countries.
20 Feb 2018
Minister who meddled with terrorism trial stokes fury
The lawyer for accused terrorist Salah Abdeslam says his client should go free because of a procedural irregularity. In doing so, he unleashed a passionate debate about the separation of powers.
16 Feb 2018