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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] 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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