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Ada Homolová

Data and investigative journalist. Uses Python to search for stories in huge spreadsheets. Working with FTM’s Bureau Brussel on European stories. Special interest in public spending. Used to crunch data for Investico, OneWorld, Pointer and OCCRP. Also with Lost in Europe and Arena.
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2022

Most MEPs voting for transparency don’t publish office expenses

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Ada Homolová & Peter Teffer

Ada Homolová & Peter Teffer

Members of the European Parliament receive a monthly allowance of 4778 euros for office expenditure, but there is no supervision on how they spend this money. Since 2019, MEPs can use the Parliament’s website to publicly declare that they have spent their taxpayers’ money legitimately. Less than 4 percent of the 705 MEPs made use of that opportunity.

Even the ‘useful idiots’ in the European Parliament are distancing themselves from Putin

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Ada Homolová & Jesse Pinster

Ada Homolová & Jesse Pinster

Vladimir Putin is losing support among far-right parties in Europe. His carefully curated team of ‘useful idiots’ is falling apart. Analyses by Follow the Money of voting patterns among members of the European Parliament show that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has led MEPs for German party Alternative für Deutschland to drop off, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National in France to make an opportunistic turn, and Dutch right-wingers JA21 to change their opinions.