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European Journal

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] 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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