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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] 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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