The Pudding has created a series of data visualizations illustrating why several regions in European Union member states are splitting themselves into two distinct regions. The EU distributes a bigger share of “catch-up funds,” which are funds for projects in areas such as infrastructure, schools, and hospitals, to regions that have smaller gross domestic products (GDPs) compared to the EU average. The visualizations show that some regions, such as Budapest, have an area within the region that has a significantly higher GDP than other areas in the region, bringing the region’s GDP as a whole above the EU average. As a result, some regions, including Budapest, are splitting themselves into two regions so one of the regions still receives a high share of funding from the European Union.
Visualizing Why EU Member States are Redrawing their Borders
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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