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European Journal

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] Closed Captioning

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