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]
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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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