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France's Own Cowboys (#2544)

Slim chances for a peaceful solution in Kosovo. Banning magic mushrooms sales in the Netherlands. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: EUROPEAN JOURNAL looks beyond the headlines and sound bites to deliver relevant, unbiased and imaginative reporting on the events shaping the political, economic and cultural landscape of Europe. Each week, teams of journalists, photographers and producers scour the continent in search of stories with impact and meaning for American viewers, while alternating presenters Jim Gibbons and Cathy Smith provide in-depth analysis on this dynamic region.

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  • The Tony Blair Watch (#2410)

    [26 minutes]

  • Paris for Sale (#2411)

    [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2412

    [26 minutes]

  • Blair's Big Test (#2413)

    [26 minutes]

  • France's 2nd Chance School (#2414)

    [26 minutes]

  • Britain's New Conservatives (#2415)

    [26 minutes]

  • A Preview of the World Cup (#2416)

    [26 minutes]

  • Living for Soccer (#2417)

    Turkey: Headscarf Dispute Turns Bloody Turkey is in uproar after a suspected Islamist gunman killed a senior judge and wounded four of his colleagues recently. The incident is being linked to a court ruling earlier this year barring a teacher from promotion. Tens of thousands of people turned out on the streets to protest against the attack and show their support for secularism. Czech Republic: Election Duel The election campaign is hotting up in the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek is currently neck-and-neck with right-of-centre rival Mirek Topolanek. The Czechs go to the polls on June 2 and 3. We went to see the two politicians in action. Portugal: Living for Football Joau Tuca and his friends live in a poor district on the edge of Lisbon. They are passionate street footballers and always manage to find somewhere for a knockabout. Many of them have great ball skills. The high point of their year is the annual street football match in Lisbon. Luxembourg: Juncker Wins Charlemagne Prize Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker is this year's winner of the Charlemagne Prize. Juncker, who is known as a skilled negotiator and brilliant rhetorician with a fondness for irony, is being honoured for his services to European unity. He has been building bridges in Brussels since 1982. Greek: The Idyllic Island of Amouliani Amouliani is a tiny island in the Aegean, near the holy mountain of Mount Athos. With few tourists in spring, Amouliani's inhabitants spend the time getting ready for the influx of tourists in the summer. Most of those who come here are from Thessaloniki. The traditional way of life still exists here. [26 minutes]

  • World Cup Euphoria (#2418)

    [26 minutes]

  • Taking On Sicily's Mafia (#2419)

    [26 minutes]

  • Norway's Disappearing Polar Bears (#2420)

    [26 minutes]

  • Pyramids Discovered in the Balkans (#2421)

    [26 minutes]

  • Fighting Terrorism Block By Block (#2422)

    [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2423

    [26 minutes]

  • Fighting The Drug Trade in the East (#2424)

    [26 minutes]

  • The Casino, The Prince and the Mafia (#2425)

    [26 minutes]

  • Returning from Lebanon (#2426)

    [26 minutes]

  • Switzerland's Collapsing Mountain (#2427)

    [26 minutes]

  • The Toxic Ghost Ship (#2428)

    [26 minutes]

  • Britain's Internal War On Terror (#2429)

    [26 minutes]

  • Europe's Little Monarchy (#2430)

    [26 minutes]

  • A Papal Homecoming (#2431)

    [26 minutes]

  • The Lonely Monk in the Monastery (#2432)

    [26 minutes]

  • Tony Blair's Long Goodbye (#2433)

    [26 minutes]

  • A Fired Up Family Fued (#2434)

    [26 minutes]

  • The Primer Minister Caught On Tape (#2435)

    [26 minutes]

  • Britain's Dwindling Recruits (#2436)

    [26 minutes]

  • Integrating Muslims Into European Culture (#2437)

    [26 minutes]

  • The New Romania (#2438)

    [26 minutes]

  • Backlash Against Animal Liberation (#2439)

    [26 minutes]

  • A Profile of Bulgaria (#2440)

    [26 minutes]

  • Greece's New Ruins (#2441)

    [26 minutes]

  • Life Without A Leader (#2442)

    [26 minutes]

  • Mountains Falling! (#2443)

    [26 minutes]

  • Nra Paradise (#2444)

    [26 minutes]

  • The Kremlin's Iron Hand In Chechnya (#2445)

    [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2446

    [26 minutes]

  • A Catholic Monk's Desperate Work (#2447)

    [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2448

    [26 minutes]

  • Germany Prepares to Take on the Eu Presidency (#2449)

    [26 minutes]

  • Russian Oil Shenanigans (#2450)

    [26 minutes]

  • Middle Class and Homeless In Paris (#2451)

    [26 minutes]

  • The Case of the Disappearing Lighthouse Keeper (#2452)

    Real Estate Shenanigans on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca ... Bulgarian extremists stirring up a controversy throughout Europe, and the case of the disappearing Italian lighthouse keepers. [26 minutes]

  • Finland's Accidental Millionaires (#2501)

    Are the Scotts getting ready for a break up with England? Also, the women mine disposal squads in Kosovo, and Finnish housewives discover they are millionaires. [26 minutes]

  • Britain: Surveillance Capital of the West (#2502)

    This week: The fallout from soccer hooligans' murder of an Italian Policeman, Russia becomes a boomtown for stolen icons, and Britain is becoming the surveillance capital of the West? [26 minutes]

  • Let It Snow (Please!) In Austria (#2503)

    On the program this week: a chance to own your very own part of an ancient monastery in Switzerland, the uphill struggle for the snowless Austrian ski resorts, and an actress takes on her hardest role yet: uniting the island of Cyprus. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2504

    [26 minutes]

  • The Man Likely to Replace Tony Blair (#2506)

    We look at the plight of Iraqi Christians who've fled to Turkey we meet the man most likely to be the next British Prime Minister... and the African-inspired music craze that's sweeping Portugal... [26 minutes]

  • A Celebration of 50 Years of European Unity (#2507)

    On the program this week: we're celebrating a birthday - the fiftieth birthday of the European Union. [26 minutes]

  • America's New Missile Defense - In Poland (#2508)

    Dancing around the Euromyths - the man who rebuts Britain's Euro-sceptic media... How global warming is keeping the reindeer in Europe's far north hungry... And tradition and technology square up for battle over Venice's famous gondolas... [28 minutes]

  • Italy's Failing Hospital (#2510)

    On the program this week: old enemies Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams pledge to work together for the future of Northern Ireland, soul searching continues in France as the Presidential elections approach, and an examination of Italy's failing hospitals. [26 minutes]

  • Dangerous Journalism In Moscow (#2511)

    Things are heating up in the French Presidential race, a look at the mortal dangers of being a political journalist in today's Russia, nature-lovers campaign to save a European wilderness and its inhabitants, and the Red Brigades re-emerge to terrorize a new generation. [26 minutes]

  • Fighting The Walmart Trend in the Netherlands (#2512)

    Coming up this week ... the growing danger of Britain's youth gang culture. Turkey's secular society shows its anger ahead of presidential elections. And farming threatens the future of Italy's most beautiful and historic lakes. [28 minutes]

  • The New Hazards of German U-Boats (#2513)

    We report from Turkey on the grisly murder of three men. Their crime it seems being Christian in a predominantly Moslem country. The final battle to be president of France. From Norway, the German U Boat now an environmental time bomb. How to snag a millionaire in Russia. [26 minutes]

  • More Babies, S'il Vous Plait (#2514)

    The Libyans call it justice; many in the West call it hostage-taking. What hope for the six medical staff still under sentence of death after eight years? Also in the program, trouble flares in Milan's overcrowded Chinese quarter, how France encourages mothers to stay on at work, and the disadvantages of living in an historic Canaries Island town. [28 minutes]

  • France Moves to the Right (#2515)

    Are the French ready for a new revolution with their new President Nicolas Sarkozy? A struggle for power in Romania. Caring for the child victims of war in Chechnya. And from Finland: the prison cell's ready- but where are the criminals? [26 minutes]

  • Return of Revenge In Albania (#2516)

    In Albania, children are forced to hide from their families' blood feuds as bad old habits return. Also in the program: the man who is the EU's Foreign Minister in all but name... The party where you're only invited if your blood is truly blue... And Sweden asks for help in providing a safe haven for Iraqi refugees. [26 minutes]

  • On The Eta Terrorist Hitlist (#2517)

    Lithuania's people still live in the shadow of Stalin. British schools take burgers off the menu. [26 minutes]

  • A Smelly Crises In Naples (#2518)

    On the campaign trail for France's parliamentary elections. Meet a Belgian chocolate maker. [26 minutes]

  • A Serbian Power Struggle (#2519)

    A last minute deal gives Serbia a new government. Farmhouse therapy helps sick children in Austria. [28 minutes]

  • Norway's Co2 Solution (#2520)

    Norway finds a place to put CO2 emmissions. Soaring property prices affects London's economic boom. [26 minutes]

  • Italy's Robin Hood of the Catholic Church (#2521)

    What next for France with Sarkozy at the reins? A baby boom hits a Spanish town. [26 minutes]

  • Climate Change Shrinking Portugal's Coast (#2522)

    A last minute EU rescue by Angela Merkel. Climate change causes alarm on the coast of Portugal. [26 minutes]

  • Windmills Enough to Save Holland? (#2524)

    Elections in Turkey are discussed. Teen mothers are given fresh chances in Britain. [26 minutes]

  • A Peek Into Slovakia's Unexplored Caves (#2525)

    The EU faces up to Europe's missing children. Tensions in the Caucasus province of South Ossetia. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2526

    In Georgia, NATO and its allies rehearse how to tackle a natural disaster. [26 minutes]

  • Tunneling Through The Swiss Alps (#2527)

    We'll be reporting from southern Italy where sweltering temperatures have been accompanied by devastating forest fires. French winegrowers uncork their anger at new reforms. If you can't go over them - go through them: Switzerland's new Alpine tunnel. And the folk of Finland rediscover a passion for ballroom dancing. [26 minutes]

  • Tuscany for Sale? (#2528)

    The long stand-off over Kosovo's independence from Serbia yields some hard bargaining. [26 minutes]

  • 8 Years in a Libyan Gulag (#2529)

    The six medical workers freed by Libya after eight years in jail start to rebuild their lives. [26 minutes]

  • Weaning Russians from the Vodka Bottle (#2530)

    Shocking statistics that half of all Russian men are drinking themselves to death are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Cockfighting In France - Still A Popular Sport (#2531)

    Greece's deadly forest fires and teenage gun-crime in Britain are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Trump's Little Piece of Scotland (#2532)

    In Greece, the raging forest fires may be out but they've left behind some red hot political rows. [26 minutes]

  • American Troops Right On Russia's Doorstep (#2533)

    Russia is angry about a massive military exercise involving US and Romanian troops. [26 minutes]

  • Here's A Twist: A Housing Shortage (#2534)

    Political uncertainty grips Ukraine as it prepares for an election. Paris faces a housing shortage. [26 minutes]

  • Death of the Parisian Bistro (#2535)

    A look at the bitterness of the British veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. [26 minutes]

  • A Crises of Language In Belgium (#2536)

    Is Belgium heading for a nasty divorce? Plus, Norway's plans to clamp down on prostitution. [26 minutes]

  • The Disaster That Is France's Economy (#2537)

    Will Poland become more liberal? The French are divided over ways to mend the country's finances. [26 minutes]

  • Europe's Youngest Mayor leading it's Poorest Nation (#2538)

    The Italian football club with the holiest supporters. Dancing for joy, but Portugal remains poor. [26 minutes]

  • Losing A Presidential Advisor and a Wife (#2539)

    Nicolas Sarcozy announces his marriage is over. The refreshed soul of Spain's holy pilgrims. [26 minutes]

  • Searching for WWII Relatives On TV (#2540)

    Turkey's troubles spill onto the streets of Brussels with clashes between ethnic Turks and Kurds. [26 minutes]

  • The Disappearing Puffin (#2541)

    Spain's socialist government tries to make amends for crimes committed during Franco's fascist rule. [26 minutes]

  • The Bombs of Flanders Fields (Again) (#2542)

    Italian hooligans battle with police. Croatia is caught between its war torn past and its future. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2543

    [26 minutes]

  • A Mass Grave Reveals Some Dirty Secrets About Tito (#2545)

    Slovenia confronts its past. The Russian Orthodox Church backs Vladimir Putin. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2546

    Kosovo steps toward independence could create instability in the neighboring Republic of Macedonia. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2547

    The UN Chief War Crimes prosecutor is still searching for Serbia's two "most-wanted." [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2548

    We meet the railway children of Ukraine Is it farewell to the Latin lovers of Italy? And one for the road: something to move the spirits in Switzerland Kosovo: First we're going to Kosovo. The Serbian province whose recent past was one of ethnic tensions and war followed by displaced people and poverty. The uncertainty of the future status of Kosovo-whether it will indeed become independent or not- has left the place stranded in a sort of limbo. And large numbers of women have been left without husbands, fathers and brothers . But a quiet revolution is underway, thanks to the organization Women for Women International. It's running programs to help women in Kosovo to find a new focus for their lives. Ukraine: It used to be that a little boy's dream was to be a train driver, although these days they're probably keener to be a celebrity film star or similar. But in the former Soviet Union, every region had its state funded toy railway to train young people to become railway workers. In Ukraine, a huge country where the railroad is king, there are still eight of these special childrens' train services. We went to see one of them - in the town of Kharkov - which, over the years, has given more than 60 thousand young people a taste of what it's like to work on the railways. You could say it's putting children on the right track. Italy: We all have our preconceived notions of the Italian man. Dark haired and romantic- the true Latin lover. But these days it seems that's no longer what modern twenty first century women want. They're well educated, independent women who want more than just brooding good looks in a man. So now the sad fact is that nearly half of Italian men are still living at home with their Mums until the ripe old age of 35. Switzerland: The Swiss are known as a pretty sober nation- but even so they know a thing or two about making some pretty potent alcoholic drinks. Schnaps is one of them- distilled from fruit such as plums or cherries - some of it with a pretty mind blowing 45 percent alcohol content. For small farm producers it's not worth investing in distilling equipment themselves so in the Bernese Oberland area of the country the distillery takes to the road. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2549

    Slovenia takes over the presidency of the European Union. Alibi Montana is a role model in Paris. [26 minutes]

  • Sled Racing at 30 Below (#2550)

    Guarding democracy in the Basque country and Romania's anti-corruption crusade are featured. [26 minutes]

  • Special Report on the War Babies of the Balkan War (#2551)

    Spanish fishermen put their lives on the line. Life in the snow lane keeps the Baltic on the move. [26 minutes]

  • Peace Trumps Justice In Northern Ireland (#2552)

    Keeping the Peace trumps justice in Northern Ireland. An ancient carnival in Macedonia mocks Greece. [26 minutes]

  • Returning to the Scene of a Massacre (#2601)

    Poland's border-free status within the EU leaves protesting Ukrainians out in the cold. [26 minutes]

  • Poland's Darker Past (#2602)

    Topics include forest fire compensation in Greece and Britain's debt ridden congregations. [26 minutes]

  • A Ride On Moscow's Ancient Trolley System (#2603)

    The head of the Anglican Church faces resignation. Amsterdam cleans up its red light district. [26 minutes]

  • A Nation Is Born In Europe (#2604)

    The newly independent Kosovo and desperate human cargo in the Greek port of Patras are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Paying for College Bills John By John (#2605)

    Prostitution for financing college in France and the bitter abortion issue is Spain are featured. [26 minutes]

  • Shocking Abuse at a Children's Center In Britain (#2607)

    The French president loses his charm with voters. The EU is improves medical care in Eastern Turkey. [26 minutes]

  • A Look Back at the Soviet Union's Notorious Gulags (#2608)

    Women in Greece attempt to overturn a religious land law. Britain's anti-EU fishermen are featured. [26 minutes]

  • Italy's Stinking Garbage Scandal (#2610)

    Bulgaria's tomb raiders make the most of the EU membership. Replacing the Greece's ancient forests. [26 minutes]

  • A Nato Atrocity In Afghanistan (#2611)

    Polish troops are being accused of civilian atrocities. Plus, Turkey's EU ambitions are threatened. [26 minutes]

  • Violence Again Women on the Rise In Spain (#2612)

    The shocking rates of violence against women in Spain and Britain's Blackpool beach are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Keeping Romania's Dirty Secrets (#2613)

    Russia's new leader Dimitri Medvedev and the Brits own little corner of Switzerland are featured. [26 minutes]

  • The Death Toll In Refugees Fleeing Africa (#2614)

    Europe's old Cold War divide makes a comeback. Refugees continue to perish near an Italian island. [26 minutes]

  • Austria's House of Horrors (#2615)

    The voters hammer Britain's Labor Party. A Czech dissident discusses how the Prague Spring ended. [26 minutes]

  • Tales of French Torture in the Congo (#2616)

    Troops on an EU peacekeeping mission are accused of torture. Feudal rule ends in one of the Channel. [26 minutes]

  • The French Fry Crises In Belgium (#2617)

    Holland may honor a German soldier from World War II. Scandal hits the cultural heritage of Greece. [26 minutes]

  • Europe Turns to Ireland for Its Future (#2618)

    The Irish people prepare to vote on the Lisbon Treaty. A Luxembourg amateur team hit the big time. [26 minutes]

  • A Tale of Two Cities (#2619)

    Polish and German villages divided by history and Xenophobia in Berlusconi's Italy are featured. [26 minutes]

  • Saving Spain's Deserted Villages (#2620)

    Anger and unrest is brewing among the France's unhappy illegal immigrants. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2621

    An inside look at Russia's neo-Nazis and the dying art of religious icon painting in Greece. [26 minutes]

  • Assessing The Damage After Ireland's Vote (#2622)

    The cruise ships on the crest of a wave in Germany and expo 2008 in Saragossa, Spain are featured. [26 minutes]

  • Fighting Parisian Traffic By Boat (#2623)

    Features the Bulgarian secret weapon against corruption and catching shrimp on horseback in Belgium. [26 minutes]

  • Lech Walesa A Communist Spy? (#2624)

    Inside Moscow's dawn to dusk rush hour. Plus, learn how singing is a national passion in Latvia. [26 minutes]

  • Tour Boats Are Swamping Venice (#2625)

    In Sweden 'Big Brother" isn't watching, he's listening. Nepalese workers head to Poland. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2626

    Knives, not guns are taking the toll on British crime fears. Plus, a look at Denmark's Royal Guards. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2627

    The capture of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and what it means to his victims are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • The Mysterious Death of France's Oyster Population (#2628)

    Features Berlin's boisterous boss, Klaus Wowereit and the bloody price of Independence in Abkhazia. [26 minutes]

  • Are France's Nuclear Plants Safe? (#2629)

    Learn why Padron is fighting to protect its peppers. Mayor Boris Johnson puts his stamp on London. [26 minutes]

  • What Do Estonians Have to Fear from Russia? (#2630)

    The conflict in Georgia is making the Baltic States nervous. Plus, how the Camorra stay in business. [26 minutes]

  • The War & The Media In South Ossetia (#2631)

    The Russian and Georgian conflict is discussed. British prisoners of war re-live the Great Escape. [26 minutes]

  • A Profile of "The King of Moscow" (#2632)

    Is France's President Sarkozy trying to muzzle the media? Meet Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor of Moscow. [26 minutes]

  • 150 Years of Lourdes (#2634)

    A look at potential changes in Belarus and a high rise development in a Spanish tourist resort. [26 minutes]

  • Chernobyl Lives On (#2636)

    A nuclear reactor in Lithuania, death defying leaps in Paris and rubbish collecting in Italy. [26 minutes]

  • The Endangered British Wig (#2637)

    Finland reconsiders joining NATO after Russia's aggression. A construction boom grips Romania. [26 minutes]

  • Why Banks Are Booming In Europe's Tiniest Country (#2639)

    Illegal money flows into San Marino's banks. The Turkish gold mine may be poisoning the area. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2640

    [26 minutes]

  • Britain's Banking Fat Cats (#2641)

    Police in Romania battle Internet cheats. The United Kingdom's banks are surviving the crises. [26 minutes]

  • Saving Sicily's Crumbling Architecture (#2642)

    The Croatian government announces a crackdown on crime following a series of high profile killings. [26 minutes]

  • When Whole Nations Go Bankrupt (#2643)

    Focuses on the bail out of Hungary by the IMF and the violent campaign against Roma people in Spain. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2644

    The Catholic Church in Spain tries to hold onto its flock. The Italian military takes on the Mafia. . [26 minutes]

  • The Lonely Bachelors of the Outer Herbrides (#2645)

    A visit to a French family famed for their high-quality oysters. Volvo's workers stay calm. [26 minutes]

  • The Spanish Village "Where Nothing Ever Happens" (#2646)

    Europe's "forgotten refugees" in the French port of Calais. Women demand equal rights in Russia. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2647

    Focuses on the turmoil and violence in Greece and Polish people living behind billboards. [26 minutes]

  • The Global Crises through the eyes of Europe's Generation X (#2648)

    The economic crises is showcased through the eyes of five very different young Europeans. [26 minutes]

  • Cracking Down On Marijuana in the Netherlands (#2649)

    Weeding out the coffee shops selling marijuana in the Netherlands and puppet theatre in Lithuania. [26 minutes]

  • Theatrical Protest In Russia (#2650)

    An offbeat performance in Moscow demonstrates to young Russians that democracy isn't thriving there. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2651

    Russia decides to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine as Eastern Europe is hit with freezing weather. [26 minutes]

  • From Guantanamo to Albania? (#2652)

    Albania gives asylum to Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo. Aviation is on the up in Poland. [26 minutes]

  • Iceland from Paradise to Economic Basket Case (#2701)

    The downfall of a nation - how Iceland's tiny population is dealing with the country's bankruptcy. Face to face with the grinding poverty of Moldova. Europe's next-door neighbor. From Paris: Why the lights are going out in Europe's big freeze. And unearthing disturbing evidence of a wartime massacre in Poland. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2702

    [26 minutes]

  • Germans Sour on a German Pope (#2703)

    Glasgow has gone from blue-collar town to modern city, but there are huge social problems. [26 minutes]

  • Georgia's Precarious Buffer Zone (#2704)

    After the conflict in Georgia, the European Union is binding its neighbors to the east more closely. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2705

    [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2706

    Focuses on poachers who are having a field day in Scotland and drug smuggling out of Macedonia. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2707

    [26 minutes]

  • The Photographer of Auschwitz (#2708)

    Istanbul's municipal administration is encouraging people to move away due to the financial crisis. [26 minutes]

  • The Forest People of Budapest (#2709)

    A program to prevent school shootings in Germany and an Anti-Putin song in Georgia are featured. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2710

    [26 minutes]

  • Trouble with the Swiss Neighbors (#2711)

    Germany's recent criticisms of the Swiss banking system has prompted new resentment in Switzerland. [26 minutes]

  • Turkey's Brutal Secret Police Uncovered (#2712)

    Iceland is a nation in turmoil. Tourism will decide how hard the economic crisis is hitting Greece. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2713

    [26 minutes]

  • The War of Britain's Youth Gangs (#2714)

    A year after being at the forefront of achieving prosperity, Latvia is facing an economic crisis. [26 minutes]

  • The Spanish Town Nobody Wants (#2715)

    Sheds light on the trafficking of young girls in Romania and a neglected urban development in Spain. [26 minutes]

  • A Jewish Renaissance In Poland (#2716)

    Highlights include, patrolling Paris's underside and career advice in the Mosques in Germany. [26 minutes]

  • Hungary In Hungary - A Children's Story (#2717)

    Edith Lang remembers the help she and other German kids received in Switzerland after World War II. [26 minutes]

  • Europeans Go to the Polls (#2718)

    The citizens of the European Union are choosing their representatives for the European parliament. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2719

    Georgia: Opposition on the Move - Georgia's political opposition is enjoying rising popularity. Under pressure from weeks of protests, President Mikheil Saakashvili gave in and spoke to protest leaders. One of the movement's leading figures is songwriter Giorgi Gachechladze. His brother stood for election opposing Saakashvili. Giorgi is mobilizing the masses, for exsample with a radio show critical of the government, during which he locks himself in a cell. We accompanied him on a protest march from Tblisi to Western Georgia. Norway: Test for Female Quota - It's been heard in the global slowdown that "it wouldn't have happened if women were in control." In Norway they've had a year to prove that they're the better managers. That's because since 2008 there's been a binding quota for women on corporate supervisory boards in Norway. It's a sign that the government is serious about equality for women. At first companies had to search hard and quickly train the right candidates for the job. If companies don't meet their quotas, they may have to pay fines. Spain: Soccer and the Crisis - Before every home game for Valencia, Vincent Valles stands in front of the stadium and collects signatures. He's trying to convince other fans to buy stock in the club. And Valencia is no exception. The clubs of Spain's Primera Division are believed to be sitting on a total of three billions euros of debt. The outlandish dreams of past years and the financial crisis are the cause. Greece: The Great Cesspool - Many Mediterranean bays in Greece are falling victim to poorly-processed waste water. Cesspool have spilled over into ecologically sensitive coastal areas. The mayor of Elefsina is outraged at the government in Athens, which seems to just look on as shores are fouled and tourists flee. And he's getting support from the EU commission, which is threatening to recall subsidies if processing facilities and sewers aren't built. Germany: Casting for Street Musicians - Many successful musicians used to play for a few coins on the sidewalk and sold their CDs in person. But anyone wanting to perform in central Munich has to first pass a tough casting call. Albert Dietrich, a municipal worker for more than 40 years, hands out one-day performance permits every morning. Although he doesn't play an instrument himself, Albert has lots of sympathy for the musicians. But he has been known to send off the odd Elvis impersenator, saying "The King would turn around in his grave if he heard this." [26 minutes]

  • Romania's Booming Organ Trade (#2720)

    Rock falls have led to the formation of a glacial lake on Switzerland's Lower Grindelwald Glacier. [26 minutes]

  • Declaring Independence in a Czech Village (#2721)

    A Czech village, Jindrichovice in the Karkonosze Mountains has broken from the government in Prague. [26 minutes]

  • Fighting The Mafia with Television (#2722)

    Pino Maniaci relentlessly airs programs about organized crime using his local station in Partinico. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2723

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  • Romania's Profiteering Doctors (#2724)

    The European Union has broken off talks with Croatia concerning its accession to the organization. [26 minutes]

  • From The Poorhouse to the Concert Hall (#2725)

    Women are being taught how to read and write at the laundromat in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir. [26 minutes]

  • Preparing for a Disastrous Tourist Season In Spain (#2726)

    Spain braces for economic disaster as many British, German and French holiday-makers stay at home. [26 minutes]

  • Remnants from the Cold War (#2727)

    Reporter Tilmann Bunz explores the former border between East and West 20 years after its demise. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2728

    "Kanun," or rule of vendetta, has an estimated 45,000 people in Albania fearing for their lives. [26 minutes]

  • Reliving Life In Former East Germany (#2729)

    Axel Jehring and Benno Schmidt recall their lives in the socialist state before reunification. [26 minutes]

  • The First Cracks in the Iron Curtain (#2730)

    A journey along Hungary's border, where a mass flight from East Germany took place twenty years ago. [26 minutes]

  • The Orphaned Children of Zomosc (#2731)

    Survivors of the German invasion of Poland who were separated from their parents recall the crime. [26 minutes]

  • Spain's Eta Still A Formidable Terrorist Group (#2732)

    The recent bomb attacks in Majorca provoked an outcry in the Basque country. ETA is losing sympathy. [26 minutes]

  • Crop Circles Have Returned Near Stonehenge (#2733)

    Giant crop circles are appearing in fields in southern England and many suspect supernatural forces. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2734

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  • Tito's Revenge (#2735)

    On October 2, the Irish will vote for the second time on the European Union's Treaty of Lisbon. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2736

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  • Living in a Minefield (#2737)

    Since the end of the Balkan conflict 1,400 people have been killed by buried landmines in Croatia. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2738

    Turkey: Struggle for the Seminary - The European Commission is set to release its progress report on Turkey's application for membership in the EU. The paper lays out in detail Ankara's moves towards possible accession. But one particular area may prove controversial - that of religious freedom. The Greek Orthodox seminary on the island of Halki near Istanbul has been closed for 30 years, on government order. Brussels is now calling for it to be re-opened. Dositheos Agnastopolous, a priest with a German-Greek background is spokesman for the Patriarch. He is keen on seeing the seminary re-opened and advocates reconciliation between Greeks and Turks. Germany: How Bureaucracy is Killing off Jobs - Thomas Kiepul from the Ruhr region did exactly what politicans would like people to do when he was made unemployed. He set up his own bicycle shop. And instead of taking welfare handouts, he's paying taxes. But he's ended up in hot water with the local authorities. That's because he repairs bikes in his shop, as well. Because he doesn't have a certificate to show that he's mastered that particular vocation he's been slapped with a fine. Kiepul has refused to pay the fine and is facing a jail sentence. Some say regulation overkill in some professions is threatening the livelihoods of many Germans. Poland: the Polanski controversy - Film director Roman Polanski faces trial in the US for statutory rape committed 32 years ago. The case has polarized people in his native country of Poland. Initially the media there blasted the Americans for wanting to make an example of Polanski, a famous Pole, an Oscar winner. Politicians like foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski have called for the director to be freed. But some conservative elements in Poland have been using the case to warm up some old anti-Semitic prejudices. Sweden: Anders Borg - The Swedish finance minister cuts a fine figure in the country's government. Kitted out in a black suit, with his long hair and a ear ring, he could be taken for something of a hippie. But appearances can be deceiving. Borg has established a profile as a stringent financial manager, one who rejected tax cuts during the economic crisis. And with Sweden currently holding the EU's rotating presidency, Borg has a lot on his plate. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2739

    As plastic bottles disfigure the city of Venice, a campaign aims to encourage drinking tap water. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2740

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  • Covering Iran As A Banned Journalist (#2741)

    Based in Amsterdam, the independent Persian radio station Zamaneh targets an Iranian audience. [26 minutes]

  • Banning The Minaret In Switzerland (#2742)

    Romania's infamous secret service still intimidates. Legal writers are still in demand in Turkey. [26 minutes]

  • Banning The Minaret In Switzerland (#2743)

    The Swiss People's Party hopes to enact a ban on minarets. Crime is on the rise in Brussels. [26 minutes]

  • When The Economy Trumps The Environment (#2744)

    Journalist Omar Ragnarsson fights against the destruction of Iceland's natural environment. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2745

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  • Preventing Honor Killings In Turkey (#2746)

    Britain: No End to the Nanny State - The Brits are known for the tolerance. No one gets excited about eccentrics and most people lead their lives pretty much however they want. But many feel that the country has changed in recent years, with the state increasingly interfering in private lives. With an estimated 4 million surveillance cameras, Britain is a world leader when it comes to keeping tabs on citizens. Laws originally introduced to tackle terrorism and organized crime are now being used by local authorities to follow people's every step. Turkey: Preventing Honor Killings - In parts of Turkey where archaic codes of honor still dominate, murders of women are commonplace even today. Last year saw 220 such 'honor killings'. Laws designed to prevent them have been tightened mainly in response to pressure from the EU, which has made improved women's rights a condition for the country's accession. Raised public awareness of the issue has already proved constructive: Increasingly, women who feel under threat are turning to women's groups for support, before it's too late. Our report from Diyarbakir shows how women can be saved from certain death. The Netherlands: Size Issues - Europeans are getting bigger: According to scientists, that's because their standards of living are improving. But not all Europeans are the same size and nor are their clothes sizes. Apparently the Dutch are the tallest people in Europe, and sometimes they have a tough time finding clothes that fit. We went shopping in Amsterdam with a man who's 2 meters tall and visited a German designer in Antwerp who thinks that five clothes sizes are more than enough. Germany: When the Church Apologizes - Some half a million children were abused in children's homes run by the church in Germany in the 1950s and 60s. Beatings, psychological mistreatment and physical abuse were commonplace, and many victims are still dealing with the after-effects of the experience today. They're calling on the church to recognize the injustice inflicted upon them and for adequate compensation. The church has been slow to respond. One of the first apologies has come from the Protestant Lutheran Church in Lower Saxony. Lithuania: Trouble on the Courland Spit - The dune landscape of the Courland Spit in Lithuania is slightly reminiscent of the Sahara. Some of these shifting sand dunes are as high as 70 meters, and whole villages have been swallowed up. In the past locals tried to keep the dunes in check, but these days the area is a nature reserve. Lithuanian fishermen have very different concerns. Hardly any fish are left in the Courland Lagoon ever since Lithuania joined the EU, fishermen are obliged to stick to close seasons and to observe strict fishing quotas. [26 minutes]

  • The Demise of Venice (#2747)

    Citizens of Venice say it's become nearly impossible to live normally and are leaving in droves. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2748

    A congregation in Antwerp has developed a project to integrate immigrants and combat prejudice. [26 minutes]

  • A Goat Herder Turns Golf Champion (#2749)

    Crab fishermen and Soviet freighters are found on the Arctic Sea in the Norwegian town of Kirkenes. [26 minutes]

  • A British Village on the Edge ... Literally (#2750)

    The sea is eroding the cliff on which the village of Happisburgh's 300 houses are built. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2751

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  • Hunting Down Wolves (#2752)

    A small town has become a focal point of Britain's mourning for its soldiers killed in Afghanistan. [26 minutes]

  • Stalin: Forgetting The Past In Russia (#2801)

    Fighting corruption and bankruptcy in Greece and fitness training for Muslim women in Germany. [26 minutes]

  • Winter Plunges Poland Into The Dark Ages (#2802)

    Thousands of African day laborers live in Italy. A protest by workers in Calabria turned violent. [26 minutes]

  • Small Fishing Village Hits The Lottery Jackpot (#2803)

    A Super Power Grid in the North Sea could provide Europe with a reliable source of electricity. [26 minutes]

  • Europe's Next Financial Headache? Spain (#2804)

    A look at how Spain has invested too heavily in construction and misallocated generous EU funding. [26 minutes]

  • Is Portugal Next In Line for a Debt Crises? (#2805)

    More investors are doubting Portugal's credit-worthiness as its budget deficit continues rising. [26 minutes]

  • Afghanistan: Remembering Russia's Vietnam (#2806)

    Spain's government is looking for a location for a nuclear waste permanent storage site. [26 minutes]

  • Russia's Corrupt Cops (#2807)

    The Catholic Church in Germany is under pressure as more cases of sexual abuse come to light. [26 minutes]

  • Stragglers in the Irish Peace Process (#2808)

    Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina: A train connects former enemies -Historically, the train link between Belgrade and Sarajevo was probably the most important one in the Balkans. Today the service lacks some of the comforts of yesteryear. Northern Ireland: Young terrorists - The Northern Ireland assembly voted in early March in favor of transferring police and justice powers from London to Belfast, slotting the last piece of devolution to Northern Ireland into place. The vote paves the way for the devolved government to take responsibility for law and order in April. But some people still oppose the peace process. The Netherlands: Forced labor for welfare recipients - A pilot project in Rotterdam has welfare recipients bagging groceries or working for the municipal waste removal service. The idea is to reintegrate the jobless in to the working world. But critics call it forced labor. SERIES - The Other Side - Building Bridges in Europe. Germany: The wedding pier on Rugen - The rebuilt bridge in Sellin is one of only three piers in Germany. [26 minutes]

  • Boys Trying to Catch Up with Girls In British Schools (#2809)

    Macedonia: Air Pollution Causes Illness. The OKTA refinery near Skopje is a curse for the people who live near it. The water supply and the air they breathe are contaminated by the plant. The Macedonian government is trying to calm the situation, while the Greek owners of the refinery continue to ignore the protests. The Netherlands: Squatters in Amsterdam. Squatters in the Netherlands have been tolerated by Dutch authorities for three decades. The movement has undergone rapid expansion over the years, but now a new law has been proposed aimed at making the practice illegal. If it's passed, squatters could face the prospect of a jail sentence. Switzerland: Clearing Snow for the Bernina Express Train. The train route linking St. Moritz and the Italian city of Tirano has existed for 100 years. At an altitude of 2,250 meters above sea level, it's the highest train line over the Alps. It's a tough challenge for snow-clearance operations to keep the line open during the winter. Czech Republic: Too Dangerous for Postmen. Biting dogs are not the biggest problem. The postman has stopped coming to a particular neighborhood in the town of Bohumin. The postal service shelved deliveries after a postman was beaten into a coma. Britain: Extra Support for Boys. Boys often have more problems at school than girls, and their performance is considerably weaker. Now a British scheme aims to give boys extra help even before they enter school, at nursery. [26 minutes]

  • Commemorating The Katyn Massacre 70 Years (#2810)

    Poland: Reconciliation in Katyn - In Poland, Katyn is synonymous with the oppression and terror of the Soviet occupation. In the spring of 1940, the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, murdered almost 15,000 Polish army officers and soldiers. The mass graves were discovered by German soldiers invading from the other direction. The Soviets claimed the Nazis had committed the murders. Not until 1990 did Mikhail Gorbachev admit that the Soviets bore sole responsibility. In April, for the first time ever, the heads of government of Russia and Poland will commemorate the Katyn massacre -- a gesture with great symbolic value, intended to relax the tense relationship between the two countries. Switzerland: Forced child laborers demand compensation - A dark chapter of Swiss history... until 40 years ago, thousands of children were forced to work on strangers' farms and workshops. They have been waiting for compensation ever since. Italy: Mayor welcomes refugees - Migrants coming from Libya (AP Photo) Italy doesn't normally welcome refugees arriving by boat. But a mayor in Calabria takes them in with open arms. He wants to keep his village from dying out. Rumania: Illegal trade in human eggs - In Bucharest, the operators of a clinic are on trial for having made money by trading in human eggs. Their victims were often young Roma women; the clients were well-to-do women from abroad. Portugal: Miranda donkeys near extinction - Donkeys are no longer of any use in agriculture. They have been replaced by tractors and machines. Now the donkeys of Miranda have a new chance to survive: in tourism. [26 minutes]

  • Witzerland - A Paradise for Working Women (#2811)

    The European Union has promised not to abandon Greece in its time of crisis. [26 minutes]

  • Poland After A Devastating Air Crash (#2812)

    Poland is mourning its president, Lech Kaczynski and 96 other passengers who died in a plane crash. [26 minutes]

  • A Cloud of Ash Over Europe (#2813)

    The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano has fascinated scientists and drawn many sightseers. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2814

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  • Compensating Victims of Nuclear Radiation (#2815)

    In 1961 hundreds of French army recruits were exposed to nuclear radiation during atomic bomb testing. The French government used them as human guinea pigs. Many decades later and now seriously ill old men, the former officers are fighting for compensation. [26 minutes]

  • Finding Tax Evaders In Greece (#2816)

    Greece: Hunting Wealthy Tax Evaders: With Greece's coffers deep in the red, its government is on the hunt for new sources of income. Now Athens has embarked on an ambitious program to find tax evaders. Greek tax investigators are poring through aerial photos on the Internet, searching for luxurious villas with large swimming pools. Latvia: An Ailing Economy on the Road to Recovery: Two years ago, Latvia was on the brink of bankruptcy. The government obtained loans from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, and in return had to undertake drastic financial cuts. Now the Latvian economy is on the upswing again. Spain: A Model for Organ Donation: Spain has an organ donation system has proven very efficient. Now the EU hopes to adopt parts of that system for the rest of the bloc. Physicians in European hospitals often lack the time to discuss organ donation with families of deceased patients. In contrast, every Spanish hospital has a transplant coordinator, who works with families of potential donors. Germany: Au Revoir to Flocke the Polar Bear: Flocke, the beloved polar bear from Nuremberg's zoo, is moving out. Along with her companion, Rasputin, Flocke is being transferred to an ocean theme park on the Cote d'Azur. Flocke will be sorely missed by the crowds of visitors who have thronged to Nuremberg's zoo to see the polar bear in recent years. The celebrity bear, who was born in December 2007, was raised by hand. Poland/Ukraine: The 30-Kilometer Zone: A special passport makes it possible for Ukrainians who live near the Polish-Ukrainian border to shop in the nearby parts of Poland. [26 minutes]

  • Portugal: The Next Euro Domino? (#2817)

    After Greece, Portugal has aroused the suspicion and mistrust of the world's stock markets. [26 minutes]

  • Wanna Buy A Doctorate? (#2818)

    For years degrees were gained at the University of Western Bohemia in Plzen with minimal effort. [26 minutes]

  • Russia's Richest Man - Once Again On Trial (#2819)

    The right-wing populist Geert Wilders campaigns on an anti-immigration platform in the Netherlands. [26 minutes]

  • Setting Horses Loose In Ireland (#2820)

    Young Africans are lured to France for in European football, but few of them achieve a breakthrough. [26 minutes]

  • Romania's Orphan Crises 20 Years On (#2821)

    Romania: The orphans from back then: Twenty years ago, shocking photos from Romanian orphanages went around the world. The situation in the orphanages has improved, but many Romanian children still grow up without any parents. France: Retirement at 60 soon to end: President Sarkozy has declared pension reform to be his most important project. But the French don't want to give up retirement at 60. Hundreds of thousands are protesting against the government's plans. Russia: Olympic Games versus nature conservation: Russia is preparing for the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. But environmental protectionists are sounding the alarm. The Olympic village is being built in the middle of a nature reserve. Austria: Magic bullet against burglars: Austria wants to become the safest country in the world. A special unit armed with the latest technology has been set up to combat gangs from Eastern Europe. Portugal: The last cowboys: They're the last of a dying breed: the campinos, Portugal's cowboys. They don't get rich, but liberty means everything to them. [26 minutes]

  • Living The Immigrant Life (#2822)

    Gangs in England are using vicious dogs as weapons. Romania fears of a new chemical disaster. [26 minutes]

  • An Imam In France Who Supports A Burqa Ban (#2823)

    Hassen Chalghoumi is paying a price for being the only imam in France who supports a ban on burqas. [26 minutes]

  • Getting Serious About Fighting Corruption In Bulgaria (#2824)

    The botched restoration of the famous Charles Bridge in the Czech capital of Prague is examined. [26 minutes]

  • Focus On Young People (#2825)

    The United World College in Bosnia-Herzegovina wants to promote peace though education. [26 minutes]

  • France's Presidential Scandal - A Soap Opera in The Making (#2826)

    Nicolas Sarkozy denies his presidential campaign was funded illegally by France's richest woman. [26 minutes]

  • Tales of Rural Life In Europe (#2827)

    Despite rural flight one in four Europeans live in small communities where life has its own rhythm. [26 minutes]

  • The Demise of Spanish Bullfighting (#2828)

    Catalonia is the first place in mainland Spain to ban bullfighting. Will it influence more people? [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2829

    [26 minutes]

  • Living on a Moving Mountain (#2830)

    France: Roma not Welcome: French President Nikolas Sarkozy has announced drastic measures against the Roma and Sinti minorities. He wants all illegal camps closed within three months, and Roma without legal papers are set to be deported. Hungary: Out on the Streets: A year ago, Hungary almost went bankrupt. Since then, the country has been following a strict austerity plan. Institutions for the mentally ill have been closed, and now many are homeless. Village Scenes - Tales of Rural Life in Europe: Switzerland: Braunwald - the village that slips a little every day. For years, Braunwald has been moving in one direction - downwards. The mountain village in Glarnerland is gradually, but unstoppably slipping. Local residents are doing their best to ignore the problem. Germany: Anna on the edge: Helgoland is facing a crisis. Tourists are staying away from the island, and local residents are leaving in droves. Iceland: Whale-hunting or EU accession: Iceland fulfills most of the requirements for EU accession, but the country's whaling tradition is proving a hurdle. The Icelandic government has requested an exception be made to the EU-wide ban on the activity. [26 minutes]

  • Rebelling Against The Rituals of the Catholic Church (#2831)

    Poland: Studying for the Army: Since the beginning of 2010 Poland no longer has compulsory military service. Now secondary schools are offering courses in military theory to make the new professional army more popular. Italy: Collecting Fines to Fill Government Coffers: Feeding pigeons can be expensive in Venice. Building sand castles and eating sandwiches in public squares are forbidden activities in some Italian towns. Local officials are busily collecting fines for such transgressions - especially from tourists. Village Scenes - Tales of Rural Life in Europe: Erquy, the village where the Gauls really lived. Spain: Catholics Rebel Against the Church Hierarchy: small parish church in the working-class Madrid neighborhood of Entrevias is famous for defying the city's powerful archbishop. One of the church's left-wing priests, Javier Baeza Atienza said he wanted to continue working with the poor, instead of performing empty rituals. Germany: Bees for Hire: German beekeepers are now aged an average of 60 years old due to a drop-off in new, young recruits. To make up for the shortfall in personnel, many have resorted to hiring out their hives. [26 minutes]

  • Austria's Little Banana Republic (#2832)

    Poland: Conflict over a cross - A wooden cross in front of Warsaw's Presidential Palace has led to heated disputes in a political struggle over the Catholic Church's influence on politics. Polish boy scouts erected the cross in memory of President Lech Kaczynski, who died in an airplane crash in April. The newly elected President Bronislaw Komorowski wanted to have the cross removed and cited the separation of Church and State. France: Opposition to "Halal burgers" - Some branches of the French fast-food chain Quick no longer sell anything that's not halal, or allowed under Islam. And not everyone is pleased with this. The mayors of several town have protested what they call discrimination against non-Muslims. Quick, the French answer to McDonalds, has been experimenting since last fall with a menu altered to suit Muslim customers. Series: Village Scenes - Tales of Rural Life in Europe - Part 6: Romania: Szekelydobo - the village where shepherds battle hunters Austria: Haider's Banana Republic - Slush funds and dubious contacts with dictators. Almost every day shocking reports emerge about Jorg Haider, the deceased governor of the province of Carinthia. It is said 45 million euros are in an account in Liechtenstein. Jörg Haider is said to have accepted money even from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. More and more evidence is appearing, but it's not clear how accurate it is. Britain: A life for lobster and crabs - What Sion Williams likes about his job is that he is his own boss. He sets out his lobster traps off the coast of the Welsh island of Pen Llyn. Already as a small boy, Sion Williams went every weekend out to sea with his father to catch fish. At 14, he owned his first 25 lobster pots. Today, 22 years later, he has 600 of them and lives solely from what he catches. [26 minutes]

  • 30% Unemployment for Sweden's Young Workers (#2833)

    The UK's Prime Minister is cutting funding for police. It's a chance for private security companies. [26 minutes]

  • A Painter and the Terrorists (#2834)

    The Spanish Basque artist Agustin Ibarrola discusses the armed Basque separatist group ETA. [26 minutes]

  • Afghan Children Lost In Greece (#2835)

    Oligarchs in Latvia are trying to gain control of more newspapers and TV channels. [26 minutes]

  • 20 Years of German Reunification (#2836)

    In1990 divided Germany was reunified. We report on how others in Europe viewed the reunification. [26 minutes]

  • The Tragedy of State Run Children's Homes (#2837)

    Bulgaria: Appalling Conditions in Children's Homes - Over the past decade, more than 200 disabled children have died in Bulgaria's state-run children's homes. Here children were tied up to beds, mistreated and given sedatives. Preliminary findings suggest that most of the deaths were caused by malnutrition and neglect. After Romania, Bulgaria is the next country to find itself embroiled in a scandal about children's homes. Hundreds of children with disabilities were allegedly tortured in state-run institutions, and police are investigating over 200 deaths. Bosnia: Refugees Stuck in Long-term Camps - Fifteen years after the end of the war in the Balkans, conditions in parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina remain abysmal. Thousands of people are still housed in refugee camps built to provide temporary shelter right after the war ended. Spain: Return of Subletting - When times were good, many Spaniards took out big mortgages to buy houses and apartments. Now a good percentage are unemployed and unable to make their payments. Increasingly, these financially strapped homeowners are renting out part of their dwellings. Finland: Bonuses for Teachers - Pupils in Finland are thought to be among the brightest in Europe. They regularly score well in the OECD's PISA assessment tests. That's due in large part to their highly dedicated teachers. Finland has a bonus system that rewards educators who go the extra mile. France: Global Warming Changes the Taste of French Wines - Climate change is causing headaches for France's winemakers. The grapes are ripening earlier and that is already altering the taste of quality wines from the regions of Burgundy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. [26 minutes]

  • Putting Rome's Colesseum Out for Bid (#2838)

    Bulgaria: Return of the Faith Healers - When Bulgaria was communist, they were forbidden. Now they are experiencing a boom: faith healers, astrologers, and palm readers. In economically difficult times, many Bulgarians hope for their aid. Norway: European Union? No Thanks! - In 2004, the EU expanded eastward. In 2007, it admitted Romania and Bulgaria and expects to admit Croatia and Iceland soon. So what's going on with Norway? Poland: My Grave in Treblinka - Alex Werber of Tel Aviv never wanted to take this trip: to Poland, where much of his family died in Nazi concentration camps. But he couldn't refuse his mother's last wish. France: Children Instead of Career - In France, the well-established model of the independent woman is beginning to change. More and more young women want to fulfill the traditional role of mother and are abandoning their professional lives. Italy - Sponsors Sought for the Colosseum - The largest amphitheater of the Ancient World witnessed countless horrific gladiator fights. Now the authorities in Rome are in a fight to secure sponsorship funds for urgently required repair work. [26 minutes]

  • Hungary in the Aftermath of a Toxic Meltdown (#2839)

    France: Multicultural Society Under Fire - The Belleville neighborhood in Paris is known as a place where Chinese, Jewish, Arab and African communities generally live together peacefully. But tensions are on the rise. Ukraine: A Journalist's Disappearance - Charkow - this is where journalist Wasil Klimentjew disappeared. Life as a journalist in Ukraine is a dangerous one. In August, an editor-in-chief there vanished. His newspaper regularly reported on corruption by Ukrainian officials. The Czech Republic: Doctors want to Emigrate - Large numbers of doctors and nurses are leaving recent EU members in eastern and central Europe. 2,500 Czech doctors have threatened to quit at the end of the year in a dispute over pay rates. Gungary: A Toxic Legacy - It's the biggest chemical disaster in Hungary's history: A highly toxic sludge flooded several villages in the country's west. But the full extent of the catastrophe will only emerge once the sludge recedes. Spain: Comedic Resistance - Leo Bassi is a man who is both feared and targeted by his adversaries. In Spain, he's known as a cabaret artist, because his jokes always have a political angle. That someone dubbed him the "world's most dangerous clown" is something he takes as a compliment. [26 minutes]

  • Layoffs for half a million government workers in Britain? (#2840)

    Romania - The Securitate at Home - Numerous old palaces and villas in Romania are falling prey to neglect. Investors are being deliberately discouraged as former officers of the Securitate secret police attempt to win control over the Romanian real estate market. France - Crackdown on Illegal Residents in Mayotte - The Mayotte archipelago is located off the southeast coast of Africa but is a French overseas territory and will officially be part of Europe as of 2011. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered new patrols to crack down on illegal immigrants in the islands. Italy: The Towers of Bologna - In the heart of Bologna stand two medieval towers. Dante wrote about them in the Divine Comedy. Now they are threatened by traffic. Great Britain: Neo-Thatcherism - British Prime Minister David Cameron has presented an austerity plan listing 500,000 public service jobs he'd like to cut. In addition, government ministries are being told to reduce their budgets by up to 30 percent. Finland - A Pinch of Salt - French fries sans salt? A perfectly normal scenario in Finland. Years ago the health risks of excessive salt intake prompted the Finns to drastically reduce the amount in their diet. [26 minutes]

  • The Van Gogh Knock-Offs (#2841)

    Greece: Arms Race in the Aegean Sea Greece is groaning under the burden of radical austerity measures, designed to get the country's debts under control. But at the same time, Athens, driven by fear of its neighbor Turkey, is continuing to build Europe's largest army. Italy: New Trash Mountains - Napels is sinking in trash again. In the past, the police have shut down a number of illegal garbage dumps run by the mafia. Now attempts to build a new dump have triggered violent protests from local residents. The Netherlands: Which Works or Art are Genuine, Which are Fakes? -That is a question that frequently crops up with Van Gogh paintings. Vincent Van Gogh's work has probably been copied and forged more than that of any other painter of the modern era. Even the origin of some works attributed to Van Gogh hanging in museums is extremely doubtful. Poland: Retirement at 90 - While many Germans complain because they can't retire until they're 67, the French have been out on the streets protesting against moves to raise their retirement age to 62. But Poles can only look on with a wry smile, they have to keep working till they drop. Spain: Gardening on Urban Wasteland - Spain has witnessed a growing trend in recent years of local residents appropriating land and using it to plant fruit and vegetable gardens illegally. In Barcelona and other Spanish cities, many have joined the trend of turning wasteland into blossoming landscapes. A grass-roots movement in the truest sense. [26 minutes]

  • On The Road with Vladimir Putin (#2842)

    Turkish holding companies have defrauded Turks living in Germany of 25 billion Euros. [26 minutes]

  • Rightwingers on the Rise in the Netherlands (#2843)

    Poland: The Biggest Christ: The town of Swiebodzin in western Poland is now home to Poland's latest new attraction: the world's largest statue of Christ Jesus. Lithuania: Leaving Prison Without Prospects - Lithuania holds an unenviable record: the European Union's highest murder rate. The outdated prison system has been unable to cope with the country's growing levels of violence. The three Baltic countries - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - have the EU's highest homicide rates. The Netherlands: The Rightwing Radical Network - Rightwing populists are on the rise throughout Europe. Geert Wilders recently visited Berlin to agitate against Islam - an example of how these people are increasingly looking beyond national borders and trying to develop networks. Austria: Pioneer in Compensation Payments - More cases of child abuse in Catholic institutions have been revealed in Austria. In addition to investigating and punishing the perpetrators, the Church is now also compensating victims. France: A Prestigious Address - Much of Paris' Champs Elysees has lost its sparkle. But our correspondent still managed to find a prestigious place there: Hotel Paiva. [26 minutes]

  • The Celtic Tiger In Crises (#2844)

    Young Irish people are especially pessimistic about their future financial prospects at home. [26 minutes]

  • A TV Comedian Takes Power In Iceland (#2845)

    The Spanish government has stepped in to save an important nature reserve from drying out. [26 minutes]

  • The End In Sight for Berlusconi? (#2846)

    Construction on the famous monastery island of Mont Saint-Michel in France is spotlighted. [26 minutes]

  • Budget Woes In Greece (#2847)

    Poland and Ukraine are co-hosting the EURO 2012 football championship, but there are big concerns. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2848

    [26 minutes]

  • Homeless Horses - A Sign of Ireland's Economic Woes (#2849)

    British Foreign Minister Douglas Hurd was a key figure in the Unification of Germany in 1990. [26 minutes]

  • A Resthome for Italy's Elderly Master Musicians (#2850)

    Denmark: Controversial Cartoons - Five years ago, the Danish daily "Jyllands-Posten" published several highly controversial cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Recently, a number of suspects were arrested in Denmark and Sweden on suspicion of planning to stage an attack at the newspaper's offices. Spain: A Small Act of Resistance - Fidel Serrano has been living in a small hut on the outskirts of Madrid for the past 35 years. A large construction project is threatening to force him out of his home, but Serrano refuses to vacate. Turkey: Large-scale Dam Projects - Turkey is planning a new environmental protection law that environmentalists say will be more destructive than protective. One of the things it could allow is the construction of more dams. Poland: The Ice-Divers of Zakopane - As Poland's best-known winter sports destination, Zakopane draws plenty of visitors. Avalanches are common here, so the mountain search and rescue service spends a lot of time preparing for the worst. Italy: A Rest Home for Elderly Musicians - Residents of Casa Verdi in Milan all have one thing in common: music. From opera singers to orchestra musicians - they've kept the music alive in their twilight years. [26 minutes]

  • Taxpayers As Informers (#2851)

    Finland: Turku Turns to Culture - Turku is one of the 2011 European Capitals of Culture. The city is hoping the title will create new opportunities; shipbuilding was once Turku's main source of income -now, the industry is in decline. Denmark: Citizens Informing on Citizens - Denmark is clamping down on welfare cheats and tax dodgers. The authorities have enlisted public support, requesting people inform on their fellow citizens. Italy: Investigating Mysterious Deaths in Italian Football - A number of former professional football players who played in the 1970s and 80s have died, and others are fighting serious illness. Is there a curse on the Fiorentina soccer team? Britain: Animal Rights Activists Take on Fox-Hunters - Fox-hunting was outlawed in Britain in 2004, and animal protection groups are keeping a keen eye out to ensure no one flouts the ban. Portugal: Saving at the Cost of Health - One of the achievements of democratic Portugal is in danger. The economic and financial crisis has put public, tax-financed healthcare system in danger of collapse. [26 minutes]

  • An Accused War Criminal Strikes Back (#2852)

    Hungary: War Criminal at Large - Sandor Kepiro is accused of serious war crimes. After World War Two, he fled to Argentina. Today he lives in freedom in Budapest - and is suing those who accused him. Norway: Ecological Threat from Farmed Salmon - Norway is the world's biggest producer of farmed salmon, with production doubling in the past decade. But the nearly 1,000 fish farms pose a danger to the environment. Greece/Turkey: at Europe's Border Fence - Greece wants to build a fence to stem illegal immigration across the Evros river at the Greek-Turkish border. The EU is negotiating with Turkey about a repatriation agreement. Germany: the well-integrated Vietnamese - The Vietnamese community in Germany is widely considered the country's most successful immigrant population. But it pays a high price for that reputation. France: the old man and his wine - A winegrower in Bordeaux has become famous through a comic book series in Japan, a fact which has made his life quite complicated. [26 minutes]

  • The Dirty Little Secret of Cyprus' Civil War (#2901)

    Cyprus: The Death Squads - There were numerous mass-murders during the intercommunal violence on Cyprus that lasted until the partition of the island. But only now are the crimes being investigated. Denmark: A City Gives up a Spelling Convention - Since the beginning of the year the Danish city of Århus has become Aarhus. The move has angered many residents. Spain: Education is the Magic Word - Roma families or, as they are known there, Gitanos, what they want to be when they grow up. Then the kids are dressed up in the sort of clothes they would wear in their dream jobs and photographed. France: Walking in Cap de la Hague - France has the greatest number of nuclear power stations in Europe. Not that it bothers French residents, who are largely quite comfortable with their source of energy. Britain: Starlings on Vacation - Millions of starlings spend the winter in southern England. In Brighton, hundreds of thousands of them astonish visitors with their virtuoso air shows. [26 minutes]

  • Russia's Dangerous Railway (#2902)

    Sweden: Protection from Sexual Violence - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fights extradition to Sweden from Britain. But he is not wanted for revealing state secrets - he has been accused of sexual assault. France: The Champagne War - For the first time since 1927, the wine-growing boundaries in the French province of Champagne are being re-drawn. There's serious money at stake and a heated dispute has broken out among winegrowers. Croatia: In the Grips of Corruption - Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was arrested in Austria in December 2010, as part of a probe into his country's biggest-ever corruption scandal. Poland: Flood Victims Struggle Through Winter - Last spring's flooding along Poland's Vistula River claimed lives and ruined many people's homes. Many of the victims feel they have been forgotten. Russia: Death Train - For the past year, Moscow and St. Petersburg have been connected by a high-speed railway service. But tracks and level crossings were not modernized, and there have been several fatal accidents as a result. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2903

    A scandal about dangerous diet pills has put the French government on alert. [26 minutes]

  • A New Wave of Islamic Converts In Britain (#2904)

    Ireland is the first country in the EU in which the euro debt crisis has led to new elections. [26 minutes]

  • Serbian Activists lend a hand to the Arab pro-democracy movement (#2905)

    Serbia: The Legacy of Otpor - The Serbian activists who helped bring about the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic's regime in 2000 are sharing their expertise with the Arab pro-democracy movement. The anti-regime youth movement Otpor is an inspiration to the Tunisian and Egyptian demonstrators who recently took to the streets to call for greater democracy in their countries. In 2000, the activities of the student-led Serbian uprising, Otpor! led to the overthrow of dictator Slobodan Milosevic. The Netherlands: Childhood in the Shadows - We profile an Iranian family who live in the Netherlands. They had to leave their home country because they aren't Muslims, but belong to the Baha'i religion. Hungary: After the Red River - Last October, a toxic sludge spill from an aluminium plant in western Hungary claimed nine lives. Belgium: Land Without a Government - Belgium already holds the European record and, at the end of March, it could break the world record previously held by Iraq: more than nine months without a regular government. In April 2010, the government led by Prime Minister Yves Leterme was brought down by a dispute between Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons. France: Playing "Plan Social" - A new card game has taken France by storm: It's called "Plan Social" and the objective is to rid yourself of your employees as fast as possible, so you can relocate yourself to a totalitarian country with cheaper labor. [26 minutes]

  • A Sea of Plastic Off Spain's Coast (#2906)

    Spain: Waste in the Mediterranean - The Mediterranean Sea is increasingly becoming a garbage dump. Plastic waste poses a deadly threat to many marine creatures. Attempts to dam the flow of plastic waste have been half-hearted, to say the least. 500 metric tons of plastic waste are floating around the coastlines of the Mediterranean. And when fish digest tiny particles of plastic, the problem winds up on our dinner plates. Great Britain: London's Libyan Exile Community - Many of Libya's wealthy and elite travel to London for work and studies--and many oppose leader Muammar Gadaffi's regime, too. Since the unrest in their homeland began, they have gathered in front of the Libyan embassy to protest the Gadaffi regime. But they are also raising their voices against what they say is inaction by Europe. France: The rapper and integration - France's immigrant community is under great political pressure. Rapper l'Artiste is calling on his countrymen to take their destiny into their own hands. Sweden: The Crisis of the Social Democrats. The murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme 25 years ago left deep wounds in Sweden's national psyche. And now, the country could really use a charismatic politician like him. Russia: Samara in the dark - The Russian President, Dimitry Medvedev, has done away with winter time. Last year, he cut the number of times zones in Russia from 11 to 9, causing protests in central and far eastern Russia. [26 minutes]

  • Preparing for a New Refugee Wage In Europe (#2907)

    Spain's flourishing baby-trafficking network that thrived under Franco's rule is investigated. [26 minutes]

  • Memories of Chernobyl (#2908)

    The disaster in Russia shows how the effects of a nuclear accident can still be felt decades later. [26 minutes]

  • France Holding Firm On Nuclear Power (#2909)

    Poland: Fear of Hooligans - Next year, the Euro 2012 soccer championships will be held in Poland and Ukraine. Security forces are already worried about hooligans, who are considered especially brutal in Poland. Britain: University in Disrepute - The director of the world-famous London School of Economics has had to step down. The university accepted a large donation from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam. The Netherlands: Integration under Supervision - Ten years ago, Rotterdam's immigrant district Charlois was considered a no-go area. Gangs of youths terrorized the residents. Now the young people and their families are under strict supervision. Turkey: The Wrong Suleiman - The Turks are rehabilitating the Ottoman era. A television series about Suleiman the Magnificent is especially successful. But the erotic scenes in the harem have provoked criticism. [26 minutes]

  • A Belgian Village of 600 Overwhelmed By 400 Asylum (#2910)

    The EU parliament has protested against the arrest of several journalists in Turkey. [26 minutes]

  • France's Sarkozy gets a political bump thanks to Gaddafi (#2911)

    Taking the lead in the conflict in Libya has paid off politically for President Sarkozy in France. [26 minutes]

  • The Rise of Islamic Militancy In Eastern Europe (#2912)

    Militant Islamic groups are gaining ground in the Balkans. Gaddafi's European Fortune is discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Chernobyl 25 Years Later (#2913)

    France and Italy: The Future of Schengen in the Balance - France and Italy are embroiled in a dispute about the future of thousands of refugees from northern Africa. Rome has issued them with temporary residence permits, but Paris has closed its border to trains carrying refugees. Austria: Begging is Banned - Beggars are persona non grata in Austria. After a ban on panhandling in Vienna and Salzburg, now Styria has also issued a general ban, prompting a debate about discrimination and hypocrisy. Russia: The Ghost Town - The first total meltdown in history: Chernobyl, 26th April 1986 After the nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl 25 years ago, a number of major nuclear projects in Russia were cancelled. In Chistye Bory, some 300 kilometers east of Moscow, a planned nuclear power plant also remains unfinished. Norway: No Drilling for Oil off the Lofoten Islands. - The explosion on the "Deepwater Horizon" oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico last year caused an environmental disaster. Now Norway has drawn its own conclusions about what happened. Germany: Tackling Truancy - With its Europe 2020 strategy, the European Commission aims to improve Europe's competiveness. As part of the project, member states are being asked to address the problem of truancy. [26 minutes]

  • A Beatification at the Vatican; Celebration In Poland (#2914)

    Poland: The People's Pope - The beatification of John Paul II is a major event in Poland. For many in his native country, the former pope is already holy. Busts of John Paul have been put on display around the country. Now a race for relics is underway. The occasion is eagerly anticipated across Poland, where the pope was born. Malta: Help for Libya - Because all land routes have been cut off, the only way to get supplies to Libyan rebels is by sea. Malta is a transit point for many of these voyages. Switzerland: Violent Offenders in the Community - Violent offenders and persons convicted of sex crimes must be released after serving their sentences. The Swiss have instituted a model system for protecting the community. Italy: The Reconstruction of L'Aquila - In April 2009, an earthquake ravaged the city of L'Aquila in central Italy. Two years after the disaster, many residents still live in provisional housing. Russia: Spring Cleaning in Moscow - April is time for spring cleaning. Moscow residents are reaching for their rakes, spades and paintbrushes to spruce up the city. [26 minutes]

  • Denmark's "Hippie" State Comes to An End (#2915)

    Albania/Macedonia: Natural Heritage Under Threat - One of the oldest lakes in Europe straddles Albania, Macedonia and Greece and is home to a unique eco-system that's increasingly under threat. Denmark: Christiania - The "Normal" Neighborhood - After four decades, an experiment in alternative lifestyle is coming to an end. Earlier this year, Denmark's supreme court ruled that Copenhagen's "free city" of Christiania belongs to the state. The inhabitants of the "Free State of Christiania" now have to make a choice: either they buy their properties or they abandon the legendary hippie republic. Czech Republic: Moving On - On May 1 the German labor market opened up to workers from eight Central and Eastern European EU states. Especially doctors are expected to migrate in large numbers. Italy: Addio Palermo - The mafia has moved on from its Sicilian and southern Italian roots. The criminal syndicates have moved their operations into the country's prosperous north as well. Ukraine: Racism in the Stadium - The 2012 UEFA European Football Championships are set to take place in Poland and Ukraine, but before that can happen, it's not only the stadiums that need to prepare. The fans also need to get their act together. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2916

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  • A small village in Ireland awaits the arrival of Obama (#2917)

    Many people in Greece have rediscovered their farming roots due to the economic crisis. [26 minutes]

  • Not Much Uniting The European Union (#2918)

    Europe is in Trouble. Greece is nearly bankrupt, while Denmark plans to reintroduce border controls. [26 minutes]

  • The "Butcher of Bosnia" Is Captured 16 Years Later (#2919)

    Bosnia: Mladic and the Women of Srebrenica - The arrest of former Bosnian-Serb army leader Ratko Mladic has been welcomed by the women of Srebrenica. They hope he will now be held to account for the murder of their husbands, sons and brothers at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Turkey: Women and Politics - In Turkey, women have traditionally played little role in politics. But this is starting to change and approximately 80 female candidates are hoping to secure at seat in parliament at the upcoming elections in June. Romania: HIV Patients - During the Ceausescu era in Romania, thousands of babies were infected with HIV via contaminated injections. Victims now face cuts to their free medication. Belgium: Political Asylum in Luxembourg - Many Belgians have started digging up their ancestors' Luxembourgish birth certificates so that they can move there if stability fails to return to Belgium. Britain: Ascot - Royal Ascot marks its 300th anniversary this June. These days, the famous event is more closely associated with showstopping hats than serious horseracing. [26 minutes]

  • The Ripple Effect of Northern Africa's Revolution (#2920)

    Turkey's Justice and Development Party represents the ideal model for many north African countries. [26 minutes]

  • Throwing in the Towel On Russia's Human Rights (#2921)

    Anglers on the River Soca in the Slovenian Alps are being allowed to catch endangered marble trout. [26 minutes]

  • The Fight for An Old Dictator's Villa (#2922)

    Spain: The Fight for Franco's Villa - Since March, the summer residence of 20th century dictator Francisco Franco has been open to the public. Civil rights activists are now calling on Franco's family to hand the building over to the state. Poland: Dispute over Silesian Minority - An old debate is stirred again as Silesians question their national heritage. Rightwing conservatives in Poland feel national unity is threatened, minorities feel discriminated against. Germany/Italy: Courts Halt Deportations - German courts are increasingly refusing to deport refugees to Italy, citing unacceptable conditions that don't meet EU standards. Czech Republic: Art as Collateral - The Czech Republic is recalling loaned art as quickly as possible, after a Vienna court confiscated two paintings and a bronze as security in a legal battle. Bulgaria: The Ultimate Student Party - Bulgaria is the poorest country in the European Union. Most families have to be very careful with their money. But when youngsters graduate from high school, no expense is spared. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2923

    Latvia: Save and Work Two years ago, Latvians were facing the same sort of financial meltdown as the Greeks are facing now. They had to swallow massive cuts in public spending, but they're finally starting to pay off. Hungary: Plucked Alive Plucking living geese is cruelty to animals and is banned in the European Union. But not all geese farmers abide by the rules. Switzerland: Automatic Expulsion of Foreigners The Swiss are tightening their laws on foreigners. Convicted criminals will have to leave. But even relatively minor offenses like breaking and entering or welfare fraud will suffice to forfeit a residence visa. Great Britain: Conversion in the Anglican Church At the start of 2011 three Anglican bishops converted to Catholicism. They were unsatisfied with their church which allows both women and homosexuals to become priests and is soon to allow women to become bishops. Greece: Tourism is the Last Hope With Greece's finances in a state of turmoil and the country's citizens in a semi-permanent state of protest, the country's only hope is tourism. [26 minutes]

  • Fighting Wind Turbines In Great Britain (#2924)

    Belgium: The Healthy Child - The German parliament is set to vote on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis - but in Belgium, PGD has been accepted medical practice for years now. United Kingdom: Fighting Wind Energy - People in Britain have also started to rethink their energy policy since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. However, not everyone has embraced one potential solution: building more wind turbines. Czech Republic: Drastic Measures - Czech sex offenders may be able to secure their freedom by undergoing castration. The Council of Europe's torture committee, however, is calling it "mutilation" and casting doubt on the scheme's voluntary nature. Germany: The Rhino Mafia - A crime wave is underway ... but not on the wilderness preserves of Africa: Members of the "Rhino Mafia" are increasingly targeting museums in Europe. In broad daylight, two horns were stolen from a stuffed Rhino head at the Oerrel hunting museum in the German state of Lower Saxony. Europe: Out of Service in Germany - With the end of compulsory military service in Germany comes the start of a new era for those with dual citizenship. These young men, who have always called Germany home, could now be called to serve in their parent's homeland. [26 minutes]

  • Shaking Up The British School System (#2925)

    Czech Republic: Pregnancies via Egg Donations - Strictly prohibited in Germany, pregnancies via egg donation are allowed in the neighboring Czech Republic. For many couples, who might not otherwise be able to become pregnant, this procedure is often a last resort to have children. Britain: Parents found their own schools - Conservative prime minister David Cameron wants to slash public spending. He also wants to restructure education. The British government is encouraging parents, teachers, charities and businesses to set up their own schools. Turkey: Anatolian Tigers - Anatolia was long regarded as a backwater. Entrepreneurs are now changing this image and are starting to exert political influence. Hungary: Sex for sale at bargain-basement prices - Nowhere in Europe are prostitutes paid as little as in Hungary. And the government has cancelled funding for programs helping them leave the profession. ** Belgium: Savoring decay - 'Urban Explorers' see Belgium as a land of ruins and come from all over the world to photograph dilapidated and abandoned buildings [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2926

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  • Fuzzy Details Following Norway's Violent Attack (#2927)

    Conflict has risen over the Romanian government's decision to provide support to a new cathedral. [26 minutes]

  • 600 Public Broadcasters Fired In Hungary (#2928)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Urban has fired 600 editorial staff working in public broadcasting. [26 minutes]

  • When The Wall Was Built at Their Doorstep (#2929)

    Fifty years ago a family in East Germany dug an escape tunnel under the Berlin Wall to West Berlin. [26 minutes]

  • New Cold War Enemies: Russia and Georgia (#2930)

    Spain's movement of young protesters now want to take their protest to EU headquarters in Brussels. [26 minutes]

  • Driving Away Tourists with a Strong Swiss Currency (#2931)

    Switzerland: The Curse of the Strong Swiss Franc: The strong Swiss Franc is taking its toll on the Swiss tourism industry. But at least Chinese visitors are still spending. Italy: Sentenced In Absentia: A military tribunal in Verona recently handed down life sentences to former German Wehrmacht soldiers in absentia. The men were charged with killing hundreds of civilians during the Second World War. It's a symbolic sentence seen as compensation to the victims' families. Czech Republic: The Russians in Karlovy Vary: Designer boutiques and jewelry stores vie for buyers in Cyrillic script and the main language heard among the crowds thronging the promenade is Russian. Locals fear their scenic resort town has sold out. Poland: The Shale Gas Controversy: Poland has handed out the first permits for test drilling for shale gas - even though its extraction is highly controversial. Series: "Local Life - Communities around Europe": Episode 6: Germany/Lette - Wanted: Country Doctor [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2932

    [26 minutes]

  • Pain Still Deep for Britain's Riot Victims (#2933)

    The riot victims in Britain and farmers battling harvest thieves in Hungary are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • How a New York chambermaid sparked a new fight against sexism in France (#2934)

    France: The Battle against Sexism - The nonchalance shown by both politicians and the media in the recent Dominique Strauss-Kahn case has left many women in France incensed. There are now growing calls for a renewed fight against sexism. The stereotype of sophisticated and suave French romance has come under scrutiny due to recent developments. There are a growing number of sexual harassment complaints there. Czech Republic: Cross-Border War on Bark Beetles - Bark Beetles in the forests straddling the Czech-Austrian border have sparked a political argument. The Austrians want to see decisive action taken to counter the plague of pests. Turkey/Germany: Vexed Visa Applicants - Germany's rigid visa-issuing policy is frustrating for many Turks. One in four applications from the poorer Anatolia region is now rejected. Norway: Responding to the Terrorist Attacks - Norwegians appear to be satisfied with the way the Labour government responded to July's terrorist attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoya. That is, if the results from recent local elections are anything to go by--the first test of public opinion since the events. Britain: Taking Inspiration from Nature - Tweed has long been considered conservative and nerdy. But the woolen fabric now appears to be trendy again and weavers on Scotland's Hebrides islands have their hands full. [26 minutes]

  • Spain's Financial Crises Boosting Homelessness (#2935)

    Spain: Dire Straits - In Spain, the financial crisis has cost many the roof over their head. Some are now resorting to illegal squatting. The financial crisis has flung many Spaniards into dire straits. Thousands have been made homeless because they can no longer afford their mortgage payments. Greece: Tax Returns in Trash Bags - Greek Prime Minister Papandreou The Greek government has announced a special property tax to help make up some of its disastrous shortfall. But the tax authorities are not up to the task. Portugal: Kosher Export Boom - Centuries ago the church and monarchy forced Portuguese Jews to convert religion, but that did not stop them clandestinely practicing their faith. Lithuania/Belarus: The Difficult Path of Opposition - Vilnius - exile for many Belarusians. For many Belarus opposition activists, Lithuania is an oasis of freedom. After a harrowing escape, journalist Natalya Radzina has requested political asylum in Vilnius. Italy: A Village Declares Independence - As part of Italy's austerity measures, small villages are being ordered to merge. In protest, the village of Filettino has declared itself a principality. [26 minutes]

  • When Terrorists and Security Forces Conspire (#2936)

    Overfishing in the Mediterranean is affecting in the small town of Cabras, a poor region of Italy. [26 minutes]

  • Homelessness on the Rise In Greece (#2937)

    Cyprus: Conflict over Oil - Greek Cypriots are drilling for oil off their coast. Turkey regards this as a provocation. The divided island's reunification is further away than ever. Greece: Homeless and Helpless - Greece's financial situation is deteriorating rapidly. With the economy shrinking, more and more Greeks are in danger of plunging into poverty. Britain: Expulsion from the Dale Farm - For ten years, Irish "travelers" have camped on the edge of the southern English community of Basildon. Now they are to be expelled. The travelers say this is "ethnic cleansing". Italy: Shattered Dreams - Many former guest workers from Italy sent their money to their home villages so that their children would have a better life. But the children have no taste for rural life. The Netherlands/Germany: Shrimp Fishermen in Trouble - North Sea shrimp were once an expensive delicacy. But now oversupply has led to falling prices. Many coastal fishermen with their little cutters are on the verge of bankruptcy. [26 minutes]

  • Ireland's Economy Sees Light at the End of the Tunnel (#2938)

    France: Winners and Losers - Their former champion Dominique Strauss-Kahn might be out of the presidential race but the Socialists are looking optimistic about next year's presidential election. Incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy has just taken a hammering in Senate elections. Ireland: Light at the End of the Tunnel - A report by the European Commission and the European Central Bank on the progress of the Economic Adjustment Program for Ireland shows that the country's financial fortunes are on the upswing. Denmark: Return to the EU Fold - After ten years of right-wing rule, Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt is Denmark's new prime minister and set to steer the country into a new era. Romania: The Wall - In Baia Mare, Romania, the mayor has erected a two-meter-high concrete wall around Roma housing projects, effectively ghettoizing the community. Residents are outraged. Britain: Revitalizing Margate - The English seaside resort of Margate has definitely seen better days. But the town is hoping that a new museum for modern art designed by architect David Chipperfield will help put it back on the map. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2939

    [26 minutes]

  • #51 and counting - Berlusconi Survives Another Vote of Confidence

    Greece: State of Emergency - Mass protests, general strikes - Greeks have run out of patience. Athens pushed through a tough austerity plan meant to help the country stave off bankruptcy, but the public says the government is demanding too much sacrifice. Turkey/Germany: 50 Years Later - They left the poverty of Anatolia for Germany's economic miracle. The first Turkish guest workers were recruited half a century ago. Quite a few have now returned to Turkey. Germany/Belgium: Occupy Europe - Protest movements are forming across Europe, mostly among young people. They have demonstrated in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and at a European Union summit in Brussels. Italy: Industrialists Attack Berlusconi - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has just survived his 51st vote of confidence in parliament. But many Italian business leaders do not support him. Cyprus - Wedding Island - Civil marriages cannot be performed in either Israel or Lebanon. Citizens of these countries wanting to marry outside their faith often travel to Cyprus to wed. [26 minutes]

  • Putin Sets to Return to Power (#2941)

    Russia: Putin's Promises - The governing party "United Russia" intends to nominate Vladimir Putin as its candidate for president at the end of November. Change is not in the offing in Russia. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will be running for President again. The current President, Medvedev, will run for Prime Minister -trading roles. Britain: In the Shadows of the City - "Big Issue", the mother of all homeless newspapers, is now celebrating its 20th birthday. The paper's significance is more timely than ever. Austria: Corruption - Trouble in Austria: Public prosecutors are investigating several former cabinet ministers on suspicion of corruption. A shadow has fallen on the current government, as well. Poland: The Beloved Crucifix - Janusz Palikot is the maverick among Poland's politicians. He wants to privatize government companies and reduce the influence of the Catholic Church. Greenland: Strawberries in the Ice - Until a few years ago, Greenland's permafrost made it impossible to grow food. But global warming is changing that. [26 minutes]

  • Women Seeking Equality in the Mosque In Turkey (#2942)

    Bosnia: Permissive Prisons - In Bosnia, war criminals are jailed in the Bosnian-Croat or in the Serb part of the country, depending on their ethnicity. That makes it impossible to ensure that sentences are carried out properly. Norway: Utoya Today - Utoya was an idyllic vacation island in a lake 40 kilometers from Oslo, the capital. Then came this summer's horrible massacre. Local residents are still traumatized by what they witnessed. Greece: Extremist Parties Sense a Chance - An emergency coalition of the conservatives and the socialists is set to govern Greece until new elections in February. The rightwing nationalist LAOS Party wants to profit from the crisis. Germany: The Mediators - The rioters in Britain showed no solidarity with their own neighborhoods, destroying everything equally ruthlessly. In Bremen, parents are now going on nocturnal patrol. Turkey: Women Want Equality in the Mosque - Up to now in Turkey, women entering mosques had to use side entrances and sit in dimly lit corners in galleries. The institution in Ankara known as the Presidency of Religious Affairs now wants to end this discrimination. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2943

    [26 minutes]

  • Chasing Germany's Right Wing Terrorists (#2944)

    Spain: Snubbing the Victims of Terrorism - In March 2004 Spain was hit by multiple bombings. The conservative government blamed ETA for them, for tactical reasons ahead of elections. Germany: Female Neo Nazis - Right-wing terrorists are thought to be behind the murders of a number of immigrants and a policewoman. One of the suspects is a woman. Sweden: Legalizing Houseboats - It's almost impossible to find an affordable apartment in downtown Stockholm. The alternative for many people is to live on a houseboat. Bosnia Herzegovina: Illegal Bird Hunting - Hutovo Blato, a nature reserve on the Adriatic Sea, is home to more than 240 different kinds of birds, as well as a prime stopover spot for a number of migratory species. But it's also a place that makes the birds easy targets for hunters. Hungary: The Roma High School - The Gandhi High School in Pecs is Europe's first and only school run by Roma for Roma. The aim is for the children to get a good education without forgetting their roots. [26 minutes]

  • Brits Turn Their Noses Up at the Eu (#2945)

    France: Adieu Retirement - Pension reform and a growing risk of inflation are coming between French workers and their dreams of carefree retirement. Croatia: The Sanader Case - Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader is on trial for corruption. The case is widely seen as a test of Croatia's anti-graft drive ahead of its accession to the European Union. Germany: Suicide Pacts - Three young women from Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Thuringen who had never met before gassed themselves to death in a tent last summer in what appeared to be a suicide pact. Britain: Anti-EU Sentiment - Many people in Britain have long had major doubts about their country's membership in the European Union. At the end of October, Prime Minister David Cameron was able to defeat a parliamentary motion for a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU. Poland: Prestigious Visit - US hotel heiress Paris Hilton has been honored with a star, not on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood but in Katowice, Poland. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #2946

    [26 minutes]

  • Syria's political opposition organizing across the border in Turkey (#2947)

    Turkey: The Syrian Opposition - The regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is intensifying its crackdown on the country's political opposition. Its leaders are organizing their resistance from Turkey. Britain: Single Mothers By Choice - In Britain many women without male partners are still choosing to become mothers. Italy: The Mayor of Florence - Following the departure of wisecracking Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, many Italians are longing for a new kind of politician. They see Matteo Renzi, the mayor of the city of Florence, as someone who's not afraid to tackle problems head on. Romania: A Plague of Bears - Few European countries are home to as many brown bears as Romania. Over 6000 of them live there. But while that pleases many naturalists, it is making many Romanians increasingly fearful. Switzerland: Inheritance Tax for Millionaires - Many rich people move to Switzerland so they can pass on their wealth to their children undiminished by inheritance tax. A referendum might scuttle those plans. [26 minutes]

  • Surviving A Difficult Christmas In Europe (#2948)

    Germany: The nuns of Zweifall - The financial crisis has also taken its toll on churches. Congregations have had to tighten their belts, and convents too. Greece: No money for education - An interim government is trying to save Greece from bankruptcy. But its austerity program is driving ordinary Greeks to despair. France: Tunisian Refugees - The Arab Spring saw the ousting of long-time leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. During the upheaval, many people fled across the Mediterranean to Europe and are wondering when or if they should go home. Germany: One Pastor Takes on Coal - The consequences of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, were also felt in Europe. Germany is phasing out nuclear power, and coal is experiencing a comeback. But are there alternatives? Comino: One Family's Island - There are still a few places that have yet to feel the chaos of the economic crisis, like Comino, the smallest island in the Maltese archipelago. While Malta is crowded, Comino is almost empty. [26 minutes]

  • The Collapse of the Soviet Union - Two Decades Later (#2949)

    A look at how Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is trying to restore Russia's former power. [26 minutes]

  • Stalking The Big Bad Wolfe In France (#3001)

    More Russians are buying apartments in Estonia in order to obtain a no-borders Schengen visa. [26 minutes]

  • All Aboard Richard Branson's Flights to Outer Space (#3002)

    Warsaw: Poland's Controversial Calendar - A promotional calendar published by the city of Warsaw has opened old wounds and revived painful memories of Poland's Jewish history. Britain: Flight into Space - Space tourism may soon be taking off: British billionaire Richard Branson is offering brief excursions for a whole lot of money. The first trips might happen within the year. Bosnia: 15 Minutes of Fame - When Adnan Mevic was born, the United Nations declared him the Earth's six-billionth inhabitant. But his brief brush with fame has done little to change his life. Spain: A shadow over Ciudad Valdeluz - Valdeluz came to life during the real estate boom, and was meant to be a thriving metropolis. But now it is the country's biggest ghost town. Belgium: Rompuy's stardom - Herman Van Rompuy with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao European Council President Herman van Rompuy isn't exactly the most charismatic politician in Brussels. But oddly enough, he's garnered a cult following in China. [26 minutes]

  • Greece's Economic Woes Lead to More Orphans (#3003)

    Greece: Persistent Poverty - The economic situation in Greece continues to worsen, as it becomes clear the country's austerity measures just aren't effective. As the crisis persists, more and more Greeks are falling into poverty. Because of the crisis, desperate parents who are no longer able to care for their children are leaving them at orphanages. France: Press Freedom Under Pressure - European politicians describe press freedom as a democratic principle that must be closely guarded. But journalists who publish critical reports on governments are coming under increasing pressure and surveillance. Spain: Royal Livestock Trails - Anders Belinchon is one of Spain's last cowboys. He guides his herd on a 400-kilometer trek, from northwestern Spain to the winter pastures of Andalusia. Switzerland: The "No CPR" Stamp - It's an idea that has unleashed heated debate in Switzerland: A chest stamp for people who do not want to be resuscitated in the event of a medical emergency. Britain: Goodbye, Ballroom? - The Rivoli, a ballroom dating back to the 1950s, is an oasis of velvet and crystal chandeliers that allows Londoners a place to take a trip back in time. [26 minutes]

  • Aftermath of a Cruise Disaster In Italy (#3004)

    The grounding of a huge cruise ship off the Italian coast has shocked the world. [26 minutes]

  • Following the trail of far right wing terrorists to Switzerland (#3005)

    Large numbers of taxi and truck drivers are protesting at planned government reforms in Italy. [26 minutes]

  • Abandoning Greece for Turkey (#3006)

    France: The forgotten people of Tonkin - A chapter of colonial history is slowly drawing to a close in Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot, where the last of the French citizens repatriated during the Indochina War still live. The first of the repatriated citizens originally from Vietnam arrived in the town of Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot in southwestern France in April 1956. Some were former parachutists; others were the widows of French officers, and their children. Today they are between 80 and 90 years old. For a long time, they lived in dilapidated barracks without indoor plumbing. Only in recent years has an effort been made to build new housing. But the residents of the makeshift repatriate camp never complained publically about their deplorable living conditions in France. Greece and Turkey: The new emigres - Many Greeks are considering emigration because of the severe economic crisis at home. More and more of them are deciding to leave for Turkey. In the past, Greeks who emigrated abroad most often went to the United States, Germany, France and Britain. But now that the economy in Istanbul is moving full speed ahead, that's changed. Greek academics are taking positions at Turkish universities, and Greek pilots are working for Turkish airlines. Given the economic crisis at home, pragmatism is winning out over old prejudices. Turkey is nearby and is booming economically, and the lifestyle there is similar to that in Greece. Spain: Mallorca - In the wake of the eurozone crisis, many Germans are deciding to invest in real estate in what was once mainly a holiday destination. More and more Spanish home-owners are being forced to sell, and German investors are reaping the profits. Villas in highly sought-after locations on Mallorca are still selling for millions of euros. That's because wealthy real estate investors are flocking here to purchase a small slice of the island paradise. At the same time, many Spanish homeowners have been forced to sell, and are now living in ramshackle lodgings or motor homes. But the German newcomers don't want to see themselves as profiteers. We take a look at Mallorca as the island grapples with an economic crisis and a real estate boom. Switzerland: Who owns the slopes? - For traditional downhill skiers, freestyle skiers are a plague because they don't stick to the marked slopes or follow the rules. But many ski resorts are vying for these new customers. In Laax, nearly a third of the visitors to the resort are freestyle skiers. And no other ski area in the Alps has as many snow parks. The snow parks are packed with obstacles right in the middle of the slopes -freestyle fans use them to practice their jumps and maneuvers. But danger looms when freestyle and traditional downhill skiers have to share the slopes-and that's likely to happen more often as the popularity of free styling continues to rise. [26 minutes]

  • An Alternative to Care for Alzheimer's Sufferers (#3007)

    The Swedish government is compensating those who were mistreated in foster care or children's homes. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3008

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  • Is Portugal The Next European Domino? (#3009)

    Greece and Germany: Blind Fury - The ongoing controversy about aid to debt-ridden Greece has left nerves frazzled, and the relationship between Athens and Berlin at a nadir. Greek President Karolos Papoulias accused Wolfgang Schauble of insulting his country after the German finance minister likened Greece to a bottomless pit. Other countries, including Finland and the Netherlands, have also expressed reservations about Greece's efforts toward reform. But in Greece, it's Germany that has roused most of the ire. Greek newspapers have depicted Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a Nazi uniform, and demonstrators have burned German flags in the streets of Athens. The Greek political and economic crisis has fueled prejudices and stereotypes everyone thought had been overcome. Russia: The White Ribbon - The ribbon has become a symbol of the latest protests against Vladimir Putin's rule. Supporters of the movement are calling for a new Russia without corruption or vote-rigging. Bloggers, business professionals and artists are tying a white ribbon to their lapels to show where their sympathies lie. That has been reason enough for Putin, currently Russian prime minister, to mock his critics, claiming in a TV interview, for instance, that the white ribbon resembles a used condom. The movement's supporters include the popular band Rabfak, who titled one of their songs "The White Ribbon", though the musicians also complain that the new movement lacks teeth - it's too weak to effect any real change. But now even some former paratroopers have made an internet video supporting the protests. Portugal: The Next Greece? - Portugal, the poorest country in western Europe, is having to tighten its belt till it hurts. To make things worse, its economy is contracting. And yet the mood in Lisbon is not nearly as ugly as it is in Athens. In Portugal, as in Greece, it's the people who are bearing the brunt of the crisis and resulting austerity measures, and there have been some protests. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has been doing what he can to spread the pain more or less evenly. He's extended working hours, while eliminating tax write-offs for the high wage-earners. But much more has to be done before Portugal can get by without emergency funding from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. First and foremost, Portugal will have to re-think its economic model of serving as the local low-wage country. That fell apart long ago. Slovakia: Corruption in Every Party - With parliamentary elections coming up in early March, Slovakia has been hit by a major corruption scandal. Almost all the parties are implicated to some extent. The scandal has to do with government contracts and privatization of state enterprises. The misdeeds are alleged to have occurred on the watch of former prime minister and current foreign minister Mikulas Dzurinda between 2002 and 2006. Wiretap transcripts recently published by the Slovak secret service point to a network of party politicians and influential business figures. Poland: the Unloved Palace - It was Josef Stalin's gift to the Polish people: Warsaw's Palace of Culture still dominates the capital's skyline, and the colossal structure in elaborate Russian Gothic style still inspires controversy. The palace's 235-meter central office high-rise is visible from all over Warsaw. And the palace's terrace provides a panoramic view of Warsaw. The massive complex houses exhibition space, offices, theatres, cinemas and restaurants in its more than 3000 rooms. But the palace scarcely pays for its own upkeep. When it was completed in 1955, it had already been nicknamed Stalin's revenge. Even so, not everyone in Poland agrees with Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski's call for its swift demolition. [26 minutes]

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  • A German Ss Crime - Finally Under Investigation (#3011)

    German police are searching apartments of soldiers involved in the 1944 Oradour Massacre in France. [26 minutes]

  • Making Chess Mandatory In Public Schools (#3012)

    Hotel managers in Austria are now offering quiet, child-free vacation stays. [26 minutes]

  • A New Anti-Semitism In France (#3013)

    Observers in France report a worrying trend - a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in recent years. [26 minutes]

  • Finland's Daycare Solution (#3014)

    The trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and 24 hour kindergartens in Finland. [26 minutes]

  • Belfast Shipbuilders Mourn The Sinking of the Titanic (#3015)

    The Titanic Museum aims to reconcile the Irish to the tragedy100 years later and attract tourists. [26 minutes]

  • Reality In Spain - 100 Evictions A Day (#3016)

    Families and Foreclosures - Evictions have become a tragic everyday occurrence in Spain. [26 minutes]

  • Don't Bogart That Job, My Friend..... Cannabis and Jobs (#3017)

    A village in north-eastern Spain wants to defy the economic crisis by cultivating cannabis. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3018

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  • Ratko Mladic Trial Opens Old Bosnian Wounds (#3019)

    As host for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, Baku plans to show the world what it's made of. [26 minutes]

  • First Couple (#3020)

    Sweden/Germany: Forced Laborers for IKEA - IKEA's assembly network in the 1980s included sites in what was then communist East Germany. It appears that the workforce there included political prisoners forced to work. Documents in the Stasi archives are now said to show that some of the furniture giant's products were assembled by forced laborers. The company says that if it did happen, then without its knowledge. IKEA has now said it is willing to talk to the former political prisoners in question to clarify the issue. France: A Perfectly Normal Couple - Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler want to remain just another couple after moving into the Elysee Palace. There is growing pressure on them from the public, however. They are France's first presidential couple not to be married. In addition, the electorate has been further annoyed by the low-profile stance taken by the country's new Premiere Dame. During the election campaign Valerie Trierweiler had helped give her boyfriend a bit more character and charisma in the public eye. Now, however, she has no plans to stay in the limelight and instead intends to return to her career as a journalist. Spain: A Village Defies the Crisis - The village of Marinaleda in Andalusia has relatively low debts by current Spanish standards. The mayor has been banking on austerity and grassroots democracy. Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo is a libertarian communist. He uses a megaphone to convene village meetings, which make decisions then carried out by the council. Two decades ago the Andalusian regional movernment bought all the private land, enabling the village to now be run as a cooperative. Not everyone in Marinaleda has work - but overall the village has successfully weathered the economic storm of recent years. Turkey: Putting the Brakes on the Dolmus - The drivers of Istanbul's 6,000 minibuses called the dolmus are up in arms. The city's mayor wants to replace the vehicles with regulated, air-conditioned city buses. If you don't have a car in Istanbul you take the Dolmus. That's a minibus with 14 seats but more passengers often squeeze in when needed. The minibuses operate in an informal and chaotic way. The door usually stays open so that passengers can jump in at intersections. If someone wants to exit, the driver simply hits the brakes. The mayor of Istanbul says the vehicles are a threat to road safety and wants to introduce modern buses instead. He's offered the Dolmus drivers that they can drive the newer city buses instead. But they remain skeptical. [26 minutes]

  • Closing Up Irish Pubs (#3021)

    Controversy abounds as Ukraine prepares to co-host the soccer European Championships. [26 minutes]

  • Toll Booths That Pay Drivers Not to Drive (#3022)

    Prostitution in Bulgaria and farmers in Greece selling potatoes directly to customers are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Living In An Active Earthquake Zone (#3023)

    Living in an Earthquake Zone in Northern Italy and the Church and Its Assets in Greece are covered. [26 minutes]

  • The Vatican's Cloak & Dagger Story (#3024)

    The "Vatileaks" affair, with its stolen papers and anonymous threats, has rocked the Vatican. [26 minutes]

  • Ireland's WWII "Deserters" Who Fought The Nazis (#3025)

    A new initiative restores the honor of Irish troops who joined British forces during World War II. [26 minutes]

  • Scotland Creeps Towards Independence (#3026)

    Ten thousand Russians have settled in Cyprus and Moscow is cushioning the ailing Cypriot economy. [26 minutes]

  • Are Banks Now Ruling Europe? (#3027)

    Topics include democracy and the Euro rescue and Manolis Glezos, a national hero in Greece. [26 minutes]

  • The Return of Spain's Vultures (And We're Not Talking About Banks) (#3028)

    Controversial Organ Donation in Belgium and Yacht Parking in Montenegro are covered. [26 minutes]

  • As The Olympics Near - A Global Sports Special (#3029)

    Greece has become dependent on handouts from organizations like the International Olympic Committee. [26 minutes]

  • Britain's Middle Class Fights Back (#3030)

    Feminist punk-rockers called on the Virgin Mary to chase Putin out in Russia. Now they are in jail. [26 minutes]

  • A Finnish Village Faces Life Without Nokia (#3031)

    Subsidies for going out of business in Greece and a dispute over the high tatra in Slovakia. [26 minutes]

  • A Duel for Matterhorn Tourists (#3032)

    Spain's government institutes harsh austerity measures in exchange for aid from European partners. [26 minutes]

  • A Mining Frenzy Hits The Arctic (#3033)

    The European Union is pressuring Balkan countries to stem the influx of immigrants from the region. [26 minutes]

  • Endangered Lives: Greek Cuts Impact On Hospitals (#3034)

    Greek hospitals are facing a severe shortage of funding that is leaving them lacking in supplies. [26 minutes]

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  • A Franciscan Nun's Efforts to Fight Drug Abuse (#3036)

    A Franciscan nun from Switzerland campaigns to prevent illegal drug abuse in Bosnia-Hercegovina. [26 minutes]

  • Independent Kosovo Still Simmers 13 Years After War (#3037)

    Kosovo was declared fully independent early this week, but the Balkan state faces many problems. [26 minutes]

  • The Fall of One of Europe's Paragon Economies (#3038)

    Slovenia has been under discussion as the next candidate for the European bailout scheme. [26 minutes]

  • Dreams of a Spanish Gold Rush (#3039)

    Officials in Spain hope opening up new gold mines will create jobs, but plans have sparked protests. [26 minutes]

  • Drug Dealers Bring The Wild West to Marseilles (#3040)

    The drugs trade is flourishing in the northern part of Marseilles and gang warfare is raging. [26 minutes]

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  • Foie Gras Vs. Animal Welfare (#3047)

    The French love foie gras, but producers are coming under attack by Animal rights campaigners. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3048

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  • Britain's Sex Abuse Scandal Widens (#3049)

    Allegations that a late TV presenter sexually abused children for decades has rocked Britain. [26 minutes]

  • The Abortion Debate Flares In Ireland (#3050)

    The death of a woman who was not allowed to terminate has flared up the abortion debate in Ireland. [26 minutes]

  • Spain Says Adios to the Siesta (#3051)

    Adios to the Siesta: The Spanish tradition of taking a siesta goes back centuries - but now the lengthy post-lunch break is being questioned in the crisis-hit country. The idea now is for staff to work a full afternoon to generate more money for the economy. Industry is eager to cut down on longer, unproductive working hours. For retailers, the idea would be to improve business with tourists by keeping their stores open all day. In those regions where summer temperatures often reach 40 degrees Celsius in the shade, however, early-afternoon shopping is not a priority. At the same time visitors from abroad may be disappointed to see the end of a phenomenon as traditional as the siesta. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3052

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  • Greece's Refugees Want to Go Home (#3101)

    French fishermen are angered by British trawlers fishing for scallops off the coast of France. [26 minutes]

  • Germany's Bounty of Green Energy Overloads The Power Grid (#3102)

    A recent proposal in France to convert a church to a mosque has triggered a nationwide controversy. [26 minutes]

  • Overcrowding forces a massive pardon in the Czech Republic (#3103)

    The Alsace region is defined by two of Europe's dominant cultures - the French and the Germans. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3104

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  • A Tale of One City (#3105)

    The Polish city of Krakow has adopted a blogger called Kareem who had to flee his native Egypt. [26 minutes]

  • Watching for Islamic Backlash In France (#3106)

    Counting the costs of the UEFA European Football Championship held in Poland last summer. [26 minutes]

  • Russian Orphanages On Trial (#3107)

    Apart from a few showcase orphanages, most children's homes in Russia are closed to public scrutiny. [26 minutes]

  • The Swiss Vote On Limiting Corporate Salaries (#3108)

    Former Italian Prime Minister and current candidate Silvio Berlusconi is trailing in the polls. [26 minutes]

  • A Question of Faith In Spain (#3109)

    Spain has carried out numerous reforms in recent years that have frustrated the Catholic Church. [26 minutes]

  • A Political Outsider Rises to the Top In Italy (#3110)

    Former Croatian exiles want to take former members of the Yugoslav secret service to court. [26 minutes]

  • Old Spy Habits Die Hard In Romania (#3111)

    The story of a former Romanian spy who has won a court case against his own country is detailed. [26 minutes]

  • Russia's Dashboard Cameras - A Legal Necessity (#3112)

    Time and again Viktor Orban's regime in Hungary has tried to disempower the country's courts. [26 minutes]

  • Women Living As Men - An Ancient Albanian Custom (#3113)

    As the mine pits shut down in the Jiu Valley in southwestern Romania, unemployment is growing. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3114

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  • France - Where Working Moms Are Welcome (#3115)

    In a highly publicized trial in Germany, Beate Zschape is alleged to be a member of a terror cell. [26 minutes]

  • Putting a military tank in your garage - A Ukrainian phenomenon (#3116)

    Topics include the lack of clean drinking water in Hungary and equality for women in Turkey. [26 minutes]

  • Holding Fido Hostage (#3117)

    The UK Independence Party, a small protest party, is creating waves in Britain's electoral system. [26 minutes]

  • Unwelcome Species Invading Europe (#3118)

    Military leaders in Turkey are facing serious accusations of abuse by a growing number of soldiers. [26 minutes]

  • A Shortage of Physicians Costing Lives In Poland (#3119)

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is being honored for her dedication to Europe. [26 minutes]

  • The Nanny Orphans of Romania (#3120)

    France's sunny Cote d'Azur is is an attractive place for shady rulers to park their ill-got money. [26 minutes]

  • The Rise of Anti-Semitism In Eastern Europe (#3121)

    Topics include the rise in anti-semitism in Hungary and aftershocks from an earthquake in Italy. [26 minutes]

  • Immigrant Riots In Peaceful Sweden (#3122)

    A look at riots that erupted in an immigrant community on the outskirts of Stockholm in Sweden. [26 minutes]

  • Turkey at the Boiling Point (#3123)

    Opposition is growing against the Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan's hard-line stance. [26 minutes]

  • Eastern Europe Under Water (#3124)

    Topics include flood prevention in the Czech Republic and administrative reform in Greece. [26 minutes]

  • Attacks On British Muslims Grow (#3125)

    Social unease in London and the impact of natural gas production in the Netherlands are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • A Special Look at Europe's Newest Eu Member (#3126)

    The boundaries of the European Union move outward again as Croatia becomes the 28th EU member. [26 minutes]

  • Yankee Go Home - Chants Heard In Italy (#3127)

    Italy: Resistance against US satellite network - There have been fierce protests against a planned satellite-based telecommunications system near the hub of US naval air operations in the Mediterranean. Local residents want the American forces out. In the small town of Niscemi on Sicily, thousand of people have been demonstrating for months against the installation of a new satellite-based telecommunication system for the US navy that would facilitate the worldwide deployment of drones. In the middle of a nature reserve on Niscemi's town limits, huge satellite dishes have been installed since early this year. Many of the protesters are women - mothers who fear the electromagnetic radiation could affect the health of their children. Belgium: Taking a creative turn - Brussels has already made a name for itself as a stronghold of planning lunacy. But the de facto capital of the European Union has another side to it - and it's a rather creative one. Stairs that lead into a wall, truly perplexing bicycle lane markings, zebra crossings to no-man's-land: it's all here in Brussels. In a city where most everything is precisely measured, calculated and standardized at the behest of the EU, some residents take a more creative and relaxed approach. A German artist has collect the quirkiest examples and posted them online as "Belgian solutions." Russia: Civil rights activists under pressure - The Russian government is taking an increasingly hard line against non-profit organizations. The crackdown has now hit two prestigious institutes. They're the most severe sanctions the Russian justice ministry has carried out under the controversial Russian foreign agent law thus far. First Russian special units raided the offices of prominent human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov and forcibly evicted the staff. Then Golos, Russia's only independent election watchdog, was forced to cease work for six months. The two high-profile NGOs had refused to register as foreign agents under the new law, fearing they would be branded as spies. Turkey: The Gezi generation - Despite police violence, the demonstrations in Turkey continue. The protests that began spontaneously three weeks ago have turned into a movement that aims to create permanent change. If Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to be believed, the protest movement is a flash in the pan, sponsored by foreign forces and infiltrated by left-wing terrorist groups. But many observers see instead the awakening of a new civil society. It's not just students and intellectuals who are taking to the streets -they've been joined by families with children, trade unionists and women wearing headscarves. What unites them is their persistence and creativity. Many Turks are now worried their country could lose its connection to Europe completely in a haze of tear gas. Spain: Relaxing coastal protection - Thousands of dwellings and beach bars threatened with demolition are being allowed to remain for the time being. Many owners are rejoicing, but there's also been a storm of criticism. A reform to the coastal protection law in Spain gives a 75-year amnesty to some 24,000 buildings that are very close to the coastline. Until now, the law had stipulated that the buildings be demolished, because the land along the shore is considered public property. Many foreigners in particular, whose banks had sold them plots of land as an investment, weren't even aware of the regulation. Now they're relieved. But Spanish environmentalists are ringing alarm bells, saying the reform will bring more development to the coast and a sell-off of the beaches to private investors. [26 minutes]

  • Putin's Revenge (#3128)

    Greece: Workers at the Helm - Workers in Thessaloniki have put a building materials factory back into operation after occupying the site several months ago. The factory's owners had abandoned it two years ago because of financial difficulties. The workers now produce all-purpose cleaners and detergents. Because of the economic crisis, there's very little demand for building materials. The cleaning products are sold via solidarity networks. At present, nearly 2,000 factories in Greece stand idle. Even the state television station was shut down recently. The workers from the building materials factory have earned a great deal of recognition, and their products are also in demand abroad. Russia: Putin's Revenge - Artyom Savyolov demonstrated against Vladimir Putin's re-election last year. He may now have to pay for that dearly. In a trial that has just begun, he's threatened with eight years of imprisonment. Just weeks after the demonstration against Putin, Artyom suddenly disappeared in the notorious Moscow police station Petrovka 38. He is now on trial for incitement to mass disorder and obstructing the police in the line of duty. His father is fighting desperately for his son, and neighbors are backing him with donations and support. Relatives of those imprisoned suspect Putin set the wheels of justice in motion as revenge and in order to silence opposition. France: Paternal Protest - In France, increasing numbers of divorced fathers are demanding custody of their children. Some even scaled a crane to demand the government hold talks with fathers' advocacy groups. France once played a pioneering role on the child custody front. It was the first EU member state to recognize shared parenting rights. According to the law, children of divorced parents are entitled to have a home with each of their parents. The situation in practice is different, however; where custody is disputed, judges will generally award it to the mother alone. The number of fathers lodging appeals against such rulings is growing. Slovakia: Living More Cheaply in Austria - The Slovakian capital Bratislava is booming. In recent years many new jobs have been created. But real estate prices have skyrocketed. Slovaks who can no longer afford housing in their home country move a few kilometers away just over the border to Austria, where plots of land there are cheaper. About a third of residents in the border villages are citizens of Slovakia. Not all Austrians are pleased about the situation. Schools and kindergartens are already bursting at the seams. [26 minutes]

  • Venice Closing Its Doors to Cruise Tourists (#3129)

    A number of suspected Islamists have been arrested recently in France in towns across the country. [26 minutes]

  • Stalking on the Rise In Germany (#3130)

    Protesters in Bulgaria are fed up with government corruption and are demanding new elections. [26 minutes]

  • Air Conditioning for a Glacier (#3131)

    Customers are getting to eat pizzas another customer has paid for in advance In Naples, Italy. [26 minutes]

  • Greece's million refugees are considered undesirables (#3132)

    Publicly-funded burials in Spain and an Imam in Turkey who idolizes Freddie Mercury are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3133

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  • Bargain Prices for Castles In Ireland (#3134)

    Chechens are fleeing to Poland, but the country is ill-equipped to handle all the asylum-seekers. [26 minutes]

  • Russia's Controversial Figurehead: From Prison To Moscow Mayor? (#3135)

    Putin critic and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny hopes to become mayor of Moscow, [26 minutes]

  • Village of thieves: evidence burning of Picasso, Monet and Matisse Artwork (#3136)

    The people accused of stealing works by famous artists in Rotterdam are now on trial in Bucharest. [26 minutes]

  • Gibraltar: Row Over The Rock (#3137)

    German conceptual artist Christian Jankowski approaches the difficult subject of Polish history. [26 minutes]

  • Discovery of a Subterranean Hideout from the Nazis (#3138)

    Ethnic division is crippling business in Bosnia. A subterranean hideout is discovered in Ukraine. [26 minutes]

  • Merkel's Greatest Victory (#3139)

    Endangered cultural heritage in Albania and effects of the Syrian conflict on Turkey are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Unemployment: Waiting for Elders to Retire (#3140)

    Crowds in France are demonstrating against the proposed construction of a new airport near Nantes. [26 minutes]

  • Gambling Priests Bankrupt Archdiocese (#3141)

    Slovenia's Catholic Church built a business empire that collapsed when the financial crisis struck. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3142

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  • Europe's Largest Man-Made Nature Reserve (#3143)

    Topics include the rescued books of Sarajevo and break dancing against the far right in Greece. [26 minutes]

  • Russia's Richest Billionaire Putin Denies Wealth (#3144)

    Vladimir Putin has reportedly amassed $40 billion, making him the wealthiest man in Russia. [26 minutes]

  • Fanning Flames On London's Overheated Housing (#3145)

    Emil Boc, former prime minister and mayor of Cluj-Napoca, is fighting for reform in Romania. [26 minutes]

  • National Sport: Subway Fare-Dodging (#3146)

    Topics include a new record in fare-dodging in France and a wall to ward off refugees in Bulgaria. [26 minutes]

  • Greedy for Greenland's Resources (#3147)

    Topics include the race for underground resources in Greenland and Bretons protesting in Paris. [26 minutes]

  • Un Calls for End of Racist Santa Spectacle (#3148)

    Topics include trials against the state in Turkey and king crabs saving jobs in Norway. [26 minutes]

  • Italy: Fighting The Mafia with Mozzarella (#3149)

    The conflict between the Catholic Church and the leftist liberal government in Croatia is explored. [26 minutes]

  • Is The Celtic Lion Roaring Or Snoring? (#3150)

    Border tensions in Bosnia and Cornelius Gurlitt's art collection in Germany are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Decommissioning Atomic Subs In Russia (#3151)

    Germany's planned toll on foreign transport trucks is creating anger in Germany and Austria. [26 minutes]

  • Belgium: Manager with a Big Heart (#3152)

    An orphanage in Greece and the smallest town in the world found in Croatia are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Special: 10th Anniversary of Eastern EU Enlargement (#3201)

    A look back at the dramatic years of the European Union's successful eastern enlargement in 2004. [26 minutes]

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  • Belgium: Assisted Suicide for Minors? (#3203)

    Topics include lottery tickets for research in Spain and assisted suicide for minors in Belgium. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3204

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  • Ukraine: Rich Remain Ruling Party (#3205)

    A small group of elderly Poles paid tribute to the victims of the last death marches from Auschwitz. [26 minutes]

  • Russia: Scorched Earth (#3206)

    An initiative against immigration in Switzerland and a controversial British TV show are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Ukraine: Protestors' Right to Rise Up (#3207)

    Many opponents of the government demonstrating in Kiev come from Lviv in Western Ukraine. [26 minutes]

  • Uprising of the Unemployed (#3208)

    In parts of Britain it hasn't stopped raining and flood victims are partly blaming the government. [26 minutes]

  • Overthrow In Ukraine, Enormous Problems Ahead (#3209)

    In Ukraine, after weeks of protests, the opposition is back in center stage. [26 minutes]

  • Ukraine: Tug-Of-War In Crimea (#3210)

    In Ukraine and Crimea, fear is growing that the country may soon be divided. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #3211

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  • Putin's Power Play In Russia (#3212)

    Russia's power play in Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula by Vladimir Putin is examined. [26 minutes]

  • Russians Invest Millions In Austria (#3213)

    There are fears that sanctions will scare away the wealthy Russian elite in Austria. [26 minutes]

  • World's Oldest Bank On Brink of Collapse (#3214)

    Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest bank, is on the verge of collapse in Italy. [26 minutes]

  • Living In Estonia and Longing for Russia (#3215)

    A cemetery in northern France honors Chinese laborers who supported Allied forces in World War I. [26 minutes]

  • Moldova: Next Tug-Of-War Between Russian and Eu? (#3216)

    The tug-of-war over Moldova in Europe and the resurgence of anti-semitism in France are detailed. [26 minutes]

  • Who Will Grab The Exhibiting Crimean Gold? (#3217)

    The dispute over gold artifacts in Crimea and overcrowded schools in Slovakia are discussed. [26 minutes]

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  • Ukraine Elections: A New President (#3221)

    With Ukraine on the brink of civil war, it's a difficult time to hold a presidential election. [26 minutes]

  • Plastic, Catch of the Day - In Today's Oceans (#3222)

    Fishermen from the Netherlands have begun collecting the garbage that gets caught in their nets. [26 minutes]

  • The Russian Loyalists In Latvia (#3223)

    The new women's movement in Albany and a mayor from Germany in Turkey are spotlighted. [26 minutes]

  • Palatial Palace In Poland: Treatment for Depression (#3224)

    The Italian navy has five ships to rescue refugees and people in distress and bring them to safety. [26 minutes]

  • Turkey: Thousands of Missing Children (#3225)

    Experts say human trafficking is involved in the disappearance of thousands of children in Turkey. [26 minutes]

  • Crimea: Dependent On Deceptive Dreams (#3226)

    A few months after Russian troops occupied the Crimean Peninsula, everyday life has returned. [26 minutes]

  • Ukraine: City of Lviv Becomes Role Model (#3227)

    Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi says the key to Ukraine's future is more authority for municipalities. [26 minutes]

  • Millions of Wasted Funds Down The Drain In Eu Projects (#3228)

    Series Launch: Secret Heroes - Part 1: Hungary: A Loophole to Freedom - The beginning of the end of the Soviet Bloc came 25 years ago in Hungary. One million East Germans had arrived there and put pressure on the already crumbling Iron Curtain. In the summer of 1989, the first group of East German citizens managed to flee en masse to the West - with the knowledge of the Hungarian government. Even though the borders were still patrolled, hundreds of them passed through to the Austrian side. Hungarian Arpad Bella was a commander at a small border crossing that was reopened after decades of being closed. Bella was completely on his own, since his superiors had failed to inform him. And he reacted with a great deal of sound judgment and humaneness. No shots were fired, and the East Germans entered the West unharmed. Britain: Operation "Trojan Horse" - For months, debate has raged in Birmingham over the role of Islam in the city's schools. An anonymous warning about Muslim fundamentalists has authorities alarmed. The allegations are serious: there are indications of an organized campaign to covertly co-opt schools in England. An inquiry discovered that at several schools in Birmingham, girls and boys were segregated. At some schools, Arabic is a required subject, and Christian holidays are no longer observed. School trips are organized to Mecca and Medina. The conservative education minister, Michael Gove, has announced that with the coming school year, all state schools are required to teach "British values." The schools under investigation have rejected the accusations. Poland: Test Tube Babies - Many Polish couples with fertility problems are fulfilling their wish for children by using artificial fertilization techniques. One Warsaw woman is expected her second child using this method. The surprising thing is that, while the entire family had to collect money to pay for her first artificial insemination, her second test tube baby is being funded by the government. Laws have been relaxed in Poland, a Catholic country where some priests refuse to baptize babies conceived through in vitro fertilization. Still, the method has been used in that country since 1987, and now the state is even helping defray the costs of the expensive reproductive procedure. Italy: Wasted EU Funds - To keep Europe growing together, the European Union is providing billions of euros in the coming seven years. But supervision of the structural projects is difficult. Spain and Italy head the list of countries receiving high European Union subsidies and being suspected of investing those funds in pointless projects. There are also accusations of bribery and undue advantage-taking. The EU budgetary committee has its eye on both countries. Our reporter Cornelia Kolden went to take a closer look in Italy. On the shores of idyllic Lake Trasimeno, she discovered EU investments that have literally been bogged down. [26 minutes]

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