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25 January 2023

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Last summer, a Deutsche-Welle-led investigation analyzed 98 plastics commitments made over the past twenty years by 24 large food and drink companies headquartered in Europe. It found out that most of them clearly failed or were never reported on again.

In episode #3 of our podcast series "Uncharted Europe", host Giovanni Vale discusses the results of the investigation with its coordinator Kira Schacht and data journalist Bénédicte Weiss.

In other news, EUrologus reports the latest Eurobarometer results, which show that three-quarters of Europeans back the EU's support for Ukraine. Finally, OBC Transeuropa gives an overview of the depopulation situation in Europe.

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Podcast series

Uncharted Europe episode #3 – Broken Plastics Promises

Big food and drinks companies such as Unilever, Ferrero, Coca-cola and Danone are among the world's top plastic polluters. Year after year, they promise to reduce their plastics consumption, they announce ambitious goals and advertise them on their products. But do they keep the promises they make?

In episode #3 of Uncharted Europe, we present you the results of an investigation that involved six newsrooms of our network. The investigation has recently made the headlines again, being quoted by The New York Times as well.

You will hear from Kira Schacht, journalist at Deutsche Welle 🇩🇪 and coordinator of the investigation, and Bénédicte Weiss, journalist at the French magazine Alternatives Economiques 🇫🇷.

Listen to this episode >

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EU's support for Ukraine backed by three-quarters of Europeans 

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, EU citizens still predominantly support Ukraine and the EU’s approach to the crisis. Despite the political, social, and economic costs, EU citizens stand firm behind democracy and appear willing to make sacrifices for it.

  • 74% of European citizens back the EU’s support for Ukraine. A similar proportion, 73%, agree with the sanctions waged against Russia and with the envoy of financial, military, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
  • Countries where support for Ukraine is the highest are Sweden 🇸🇪 (97%), Finland 🇫🇮 (95%), the Netherlands 🇳🇱 (93%), Portugal 🇵🇹 (92%), and Denmark 🇩🇰 (92%). On the lower end of support are Bulgaria 🇧🇬 and Greece 🇬🇷 (48%), Slovakia 🇸🇰 (49%), and Cyprus 🇨🇾 with 53%.
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Other stories


EU: cohesion and depopulation

OBC Transeuropa

In the whole of South-Eastern Europe, the data on depopulation are dramatic and require urgent reflections. In the rest of Europe the trend is less negative, but remains alarming.

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From the data journalism community

 Fellowship  NYU Reporting Award
The New York University invites applications for its reporting award, supporting research and reporting for a significant work of journalism on any medium. One or several winners will receive up to $12,500 and other benefits. International journalists are welcome to apply, but the resulting work must be in English. The deadline is February 21.
👉 More information here.

 Grant  Investigation Support Scheme
Investigative Journalism for Europe's Investigation Support Scheme is accepting new applications until February 23. It provides grants of up to €50,000 to cross-border teams, projects on all topics and on all platforms are eligible.
👉 More information here.

 Grant  Solutions Journalism Accelerator
The European Journalism Centre and the Solutions Journalism Network have launched the Solutions Journalism Accelerator. It'll deliver grants, mentoring, and resources to up to 18 European media organisations/consortiums reporting on long-term solutions-focused development journalism. The current call for application will provide grants of up to €130,000 and focuses on organisations which are particularly strong in France, Germany, or the UK. The deadline is on February 21.
👉 More information here.
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