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What drives people in Europe? How do Europeans lead their lives? What are their views, hopes and fears? Fokus Europa provides the answers: up close, exciting and balanced.



Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:30:38 GMT

Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:30:38 GMT

Copyright: 2017 DW.COM, Deutsche Welle
 



Russian lesbians live with discrimination

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 17:05:00 GMT

About 600,000 women in Russia experience domestic abuse annually, including many lesbians. Homosexuals are socially ostracized and have no legal protections. Some parents even allow their lesbian daughters to be raped.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171207_russland_sd.mp4




Britain's Fishing Industry and Brexit

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:00:00 GMT

For British fishermen, at least, Brexit offers a bright ray of hope. They'd like to reclaim exclusive rights to their fishing grounds within 12 nautical miles of Britain's coast. But their Dutch counterparts are warning against a battle for the fish.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171123_fischer_sd.mp4




The French president's vision of Europe

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:58:00 GMT

France's President Emmanuel Macron has an ambitious vision. He's out to reform the whole EU. But he'll need Germany's support. Chancellor Merkel is tied up in difficult coalition talks right now and has put EU issues temporarily on hold.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171123_frankreich_sd.mp4




Romania: The diversity of beauty

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:29:00 GMT

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc travels the world to capture images of female beauty. Her message: Every woman is beautiful. Her portraits are collected in "The Atlas of Beauty" and can be seen at a new solo show in Berlin.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171116_Romania_sd.mp4




Spain's stolen children

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:26:00 GMT

In Spain up to 300,000 babies are thought to have been taken away from their parents and sold to adoptive parents. The practice began during the Franco dictatorship and continued into the 1990s. A first case is only now coming to trial.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171116_SpainKinder_sd.mp4




Venice's battle against cruise ships

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:13:00 GMT

The huge cruise ships that dock in Venice threaten the city's delicate cultural heritage. Meanwhile locals are protesting against the hordes of tourists that flood the city. Venice's status as a UNESCO World Heritage site is also endangered.


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https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171116_Venice_sd.mp4




British Wine in Big Demand

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:06:00 GMT

Climate change and enthusiastic winemakers are helping Britain advance to a top wine region. The vineyards have doubled in area over the past ten years and look set to keep growing. English wines have already won numerous international awards.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171109_wein_sd.mp4




The trauma of the Bataclan

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:00:00 GMT

Two years after the November 2015 Paris attacks, many victims are still struggling to recover. Those who lost relatives or suffered injuries have since received financial compensation, but many others are left to deal with the trauma by themselves.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171109_frankreich_sd.mp4




The Fight for Europe's Last Primeval Forest

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:58:00 GMT

Polish authorities are cutting down Europe's last primeval forest in defiance of international protests. The European Court of Justice ordered an immediate halt to logging operations, while environmentalists are physically impeding them.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171109_polen_sd.mp4




Lithuania’s dark past

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:09:00 GMT

Under Stalin’s dictatorship, more than 200,000 Lithuanians were deported to Siberia. Many never returned. Survivors are still waiting for compensation, but Russia doesn’t want to remember its prison camps and mass deportations.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171102_litauen_sd.mp4




Catalonia - Resistance in a divided country

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:02:00 GMT

Spain’s central government has stripped Catalonia’s regional government of powers and assumed control of the region. Residents of the town of Santa Pau don’t want to submit. Most of them are ardent supporters of independence.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171102_katalonien_sd.mp4




Switzerland: A farmer fights dehorning

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:15:00 GMT

In Switzerland, 90 percent of dairy cattle have had their horns removed. But farmer Armin Capaul has launched an initiative to offer monetary assistance to owners who don't dehorn their livestock. The Swiss will now vote on the issue.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171026_switzerland_sd.mp4




Germany: Church searches for lost souls

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:10:00 GMT

500 years ago Martin Luther began his quest to reform the church and spread his Protestant ideas. But today just twelve percent of people in Saxony-Anhalt, the state where Luther sparked the Reformation, belong to the Protestant Church.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171026_germanychurch_sd.mp4




The battle for Catalonia

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:07:00 GMT

Weeks after Catalonia's independence vote, the political brinksmanship continues. The Spanish government aims to impose direct rule on the autonomous region.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171026_catalonia_sd.mp4




Ukraine: Adventures in ruins

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:50:00 GMT

There are more than 200 abandoned building sites and half-completed buildings in Kyiv. They exert a powerful fascination on urban explorers and the adventurous.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171019_kiev_sd.mp4




Christians facing persecution in Turkey

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:49:00 GMT

The Turkish directorate of religious affairs is set to seize over 50 churches, monasteries and cemeteries belonging to the Christian Syriac community in southeastern Turkey.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171019_aramaer_sd.mp4




Britons in France and Brexit

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:29:00 GMT

Since the 1960s, many Britons have moved to southwestern France, especially the Dordogne. But Brexit could throw a wrench in the works: as non-EU-citizens, they would face new restrictions.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171019_france_sd.mp4




Romania’s garbage dumps

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:27:00 GMT

There are dozens of illegal landfills in Romania. The country has received millions from the EU for waste management. Yet, illegal waste dumps are still common.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171019_dumps_sd.mp4




Greece's Tax Fraud Problem

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:26:00 GMT

Since the financial crisis, Greece has been beefing up its tax collection system: widespread evasion and fraud means its tax yield is way too low. If everybody paid what they should, revenue could rise by about ten billion euros a year.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171019_tax_sd.mp4




Dangerous escape route to Romania

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:38:00 GMT

An increasing number of Syrian and Iraqi refugees are fleeing through Turkey, across the Black Sea, to Romania. The coast guard has already rescued a number of people stranded at sea. Romania fears the Black Sea may become a new refugee route.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171012_escape_sd.mp4




Working hard for France's President

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:38:00 GMT

Emmanuel Macron's supporters are promoting the French President's disputed reforms on the streets. They’re trying to convince people of the announced austerity measures and labor market liberalization.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171012_france_sd.mp4




The struggle for Catalonia

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT

In the referendum, over 90 percent voted in favor of independence from Spain. But many Catalonians don't want to secede. The dispute is dividing the northern Spanish region.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171012_spain_sd.mp4




Bulgarian Arms in the Middle East

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:08:00 GMT

A reporter discovered weapons with Bulgarian labels in an abandoned cellar in Aleppo. She's trying to prove that Bulgaria has supplied hundreds of millions of dollars worth of arms to combatants in Syria.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171005_bulgarien_sd.mp4




Austria's Renewer

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:05:00 GMT

Many political newcomers, voters and candidates, in Austria are excited about 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz. The foreign minister and chancellor candidate is promising to revitalize Vienna's fossilized political establishment.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171005_austria_sd.mp4




Why Basques are watching Catalonia's vote

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:03:00 GMT

Thousands of Basques are supporting Catalonia’s bid for independence. Braving a police crackdown, some 2 million Catalans have voted for separation from Spain. Now, Madrid fears separatist tendencies could spread.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20171005_basken_sd.mp4




The rise of far-right populists in Germany

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:34:00 GMT

For decades Germany’s industrial Ruhr region was a Social Democratic stronghold. In some districts the SPD used to win 60 percent of the votes. That vote has been cut in half, and the far-right populist AfD party has made inroads.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170928_riseafd_sd.mp4




Russians cause anxiety on Gotland

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:31:00 GMT

Residents of Gotland, Sweden, are concerned about the latest Russian military maneuvers taking place just a few hundred kilometers away. Sweden responds by hosting a major NATO military exercise.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170928_sweden_sd.mp4




Russian War Games in Belarus

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:50:00 GMT

Moscow is conducting military exercises right on the EU's doorstep: on Belarus' western border. Neighboring Poland and Lithuania are concerned -- despite the presence of NATO forces. Many Belarusians also oppose the Russian maneuvers on their soil.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170921_kriegsspiel_sd.mp4




Tough refugee deal between EU and Turkey

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:26:00 GMT

The refugee deal prevents millions of Syrians from continuing on to Europe. They are stuck in Turkey. Tensions are increasing there, and there are attacks on the refugees, who have bad living conditions.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170913_tuerkei_sd.mp4




Surveys show Merkel in the lead

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:19:00 GMT

Challenger Martin Schulz seeks to persuade undecided voters in Germany. Surveys show the Social Democrats clearly trailing behind Angela Merkel, the Christian Democrat and Christian Social Union candidate running for her 4th term.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170913_merkelschulz_sd.mp4




Election campaign on the North Sea coast

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:29:00 GMT

The Hallig islands Langeness and Oland off of North Sea coast are among Germany’s smallest electoral districts. Fewer than 100 eligible voters live there, and you’ll find no campaign posters.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170913_wahlkreis_sd.mp4




French competition for "Made in Germany"

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:26:00 GMT

French firms are pinning high hopes on President Macron’s reforms. Germany’s powerful economy is tough competition; they complain about its dominance and hope that France’s promised economic reforms will improve their position.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170913_frankreich_sd.mp4




Merkel or Schulz – whom does the EU prefer?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:25:00 GMT

Germany has great influence in the EU, so European Union politicians are watching the German elections in suspense. They are familiar with Martin Schulz – he was the president of the EU parliament for a long time. But Merkel enjoys international respect.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170913_bruessel_sd.mp4




Britons in France and Brexit

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:17:00 GMT

Since the 1960s, many Britons have moved to southwestern France, especially the Dordogne. But Brexit could throw a wrench in the works: as non-EU-citizens, they would face new restrictions.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170907_france_sd.mp4




Homosexuals face discrimination in Poland

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:10:00 GMT

Since the conservative Law and Justice Party came to power in Poland, hostility toward homosexuals has been growing. Same-sex couples face discrimination. They may not marry in Poland, so many go abroad to tie the knot.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170907_polen_sd.mp4




Romania: Fipronil - the hidden threat

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:16:00 GMT

This past spring, 1400 bee colonies died in the Romanian village of Puiesti after a pest controller sprayed an insecticide that contains fipronil, a known cause of colony collapse disorder. Now the destitute beekeepers are fighting for compensation.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170831_rumaenien_sd.mp4




Germany/Turkey: Duel over dual citizenship

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:47:00 GMT

In 2014, Germany scrapped a law that required German-born teenagers with Turkish roots to choose whether they wanted German or Turkish citizenship. Some conservative politicians are still outraged by the decision.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170831_doppelpass_sd.mp4




Germany: A Syrian on the trail of IS

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:45:00 GMT

Masoud Aqil spent eight months as a prisoner of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria. He was held in the terrorists' torture chambers, but was able to escape. Now he's helping German investigators.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170831_syrer_sd.mp4




Christians facing persecution in Turkey

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:15:00 GMT

The Turkish directorate of religious affairs is set to seize over 50 churches, monasteries and cemeteries belonging to the Christian Syriac community in southeastern Turkey.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170824_aramaeer_sd.mp4




Terror in Barcelona

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:34:00 GMT

Following the attacks in Barcelona claimed by IS, people in Spain are returning to everyday life. Residents, tourists and market traders in the city are refusing to be intimidated by terrorism.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170824_barcelona_sd.mp4




Italy’s Forgotten Earthquake Victims

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:33:00 GMT

On August 24, 2016 Amatrice was devastated by a powerful earthquake. Almost 300 people were killed. One year on from the disaster, many survivors are still waiting for the help they were promised.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170824_amatriceerdbeben_sd.mp4




Berlin pensioner cleans up hate speech

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:47:00 GMT

A 70-year old from Berlin has tasked herself with removing hate speech from public spaces. She sees it as an act of moral courage, and she regularly encouters hostility.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170817_berlinpensioner_sd.mp4




Polish judges under pressure

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:44:00 GMT

The independence of Poland's judiciary hangs in the balance. Many judges there feel under threat, and their resistance is growing.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170817_poland_sd.mp4




Greece's Tax Fraud Problem

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:04:00 GMT

Since the financial crisis, Greece has been beefing up its tax collection system: widespread evasion and fraud means its tax yield is way too low. If everybody paid what they should, revenue could rise by about 10 billion euros a year.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170810_Griechenland_sd.mp4




Ukraine: Adventures in ruins

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:04:00 GMT

There are more than 200 abandoned building sites and half-completed buildings in Kyiv. They exert a powerful fascination on urban explorers and the adventurous.


Media Files:
https://tvdownloaddw-a.akamaihd.net/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170810_Ukraine_sd.mp4




Germany: now that's cricket

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:26:00 GMT

Cricket is as popular in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan as soccer is in Europe. Not many Germans even know the rules, but that may soon change. Young refugees are forming cricket clubs all around the country.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170802_cricket_sd.mp4




Killer whales in captivity

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:24:00 GMT

One of Tenerife’s chief attractions is a show involving killer whales, or Orcas. But now a debate has been unleashed about whether these intelligent mammals belong in captivity.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170802_wales_sd.mp4




Epilepsy drug scandal in France

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:23:00 GMT

Depakine is prescribed for epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also prescribed to pregnant women with migraines and depression and has allegedly caused autism and severe birth defects.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170802_france_sd.mp4




Scotland: Fears of losing EU workers

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:21:00 GMT

Thinly populated Scotland relies on workers from the EU to fill some important jobs. Fears are growing that many could leave in the wake of Brexit. Scotland's government says the impact of Brexit on the country's economy could be huge.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170802_brits_sd.mp4




The sacred employment contract in France

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:46:00 GMT

President Macron has to reform the French labor market. It's a precarious balancing act. Hardly any other European country grants employees so many rights and the unions so much power as France.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_france_sd.mp4




The SS man's bequest to Scotland

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:45:00 GMT

The village of Comrie, Scotland, is the heir to over €400,000, left to it by a former SS man who came to Scotland as a prisoner of war and never forgot the friendliness and decency of the people there.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_scottland_sd.mp4




Squatters make a comeback in Spain

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:44:00 GMT

Spain's real estate boom a few years back has left it with a surplus of vacant housing. At that time, it was trendy to invest in real estate. Now, the unused accommodation is giving rise to a whole new squatter scene.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_squatters_sd.mp4




When the money runs out for retirees

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:40:00 GMT

In Germany, more and more retirees are living below the poverty line. The Federal Statistical Office puts the figure above 15%. And it's growing faster than in any other demographic.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_rentner_sd.mp4




The SS man's bequest to Scotland

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:35:00 GMT

The village of Comrie, Scotland, is the heir to over €400,000, left to it by a former SS man who came to Scotland as a prisoner of war and never forgot the friendliness and decency of the people there.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_scottland_sd.mp4




Squatters make a comeback in Spain

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:33:00 GMT

Spain's real estate boom a few years back has left it with a surplus of vacant housing. At that time, it was trendy to invest in real estate. Now, the unused accommodation is giving rise to a whole new squatter scene.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_squatters_sd.mp4




The sacred employment contract in France

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:31:00 GMT

President Macron has to reform the French labor market. It's a precarious balancing act. Hardly any other European country grants employees so many rights and the unions so much power as France.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_france_sd.mp4




When the money runs out

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:28:00 GMT

In Germany, more and more retirees are living below the poverty line. The Federal Statistical Office puts the figure above 15%. And it's growing faster than in any other demographic.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170727_rentner_sd.mp4




Smoking on patio restricted

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:10:00 GMT

In future, one married couple in Germany may only smoke for a limited time – on their own terrace. Their neighbors claimed the fumes were a nuisance, and took the smokers to court.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170720_rauchen_sd.mp4




French imams visit terrorist attack scenes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:06:00 GMT

Prominent French imams are traveling through Europe to pray for terrorist attack victims. Muslim communities have been criticized for failing to distance themselves from terrorists claiming to act in the name of Islam.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170720_imam_sd.mp4




Lithuania's fence on Kaliningrad border

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:02:00 GMT

Lithuania is securing its border to Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast with a two-meter-high fence, hoping to better protect the country against smugglers - and perhaps against Russia itself.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170720_litauenneu_sd.mp4




Land mines lurking in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:49:00 GMT

Over two decades after the Bosnian War ended, hundreds of thousands of land mines are still in the ground. Many people in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been killed or seriously injured by them.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170720_bosnien_sd.mp4




German politicians take on cyberbullies

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:12:00 GMT

In Germany anyone who maligns politicians on social media can be charged with libel or incitement to hatred. More and more German members of parliament are taking legal action against hate posts on social networks.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170712_cybermobbig_sd.mp4




Russian hackers to target German elections

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:04:00 GMT

Intelligence agencies warn that Russian cyber attacks will aim to influence Germany's upcoming parliamentary elections. Russian troll factories are also thought to be disseminating fake news, in a bid to manipulate voter opinion.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170712_hackerNEU_sd.mp4




Slovak pensioner blogs against neo-Nazis

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:43:00 GMT

Slovakia's right-wing extremists manipulate videos, photos and articles to recruit new members on Facebook. One in five Slovaks is thought to sympathize with their rhetoric against Jews, Roma and refugees. Now blogger Ján Benčík is fighting back.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170712_Slowakei_sd.mp4




Turkey: A year after the attempted coup

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:41:00 GMT

Jailing tens of thousands of alleged putschists has tightened President Erdogan's grip on power. He's made July 15th the date of the failed coup, a public holiday that glorifies his New Turkey. But as recent protests show, the land is deeply divided.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170712_turkei_sd.mp4




Ban on bear hunting in Romania

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:38:00 GMT

Romania has banned the hunting of brown bears, triggering uproar among hunting associations. They argue that large carnivores are a threat to villagers and a nuisance to livestock farmers.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170705_Romania_sd.mp4




Turkey - academic protest

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:27:00 GMT

Hundreds of university teachers in Turkey were dismissed after the failed military coup of July 2016. Entire departments have been incapacitated. Some of the academics are now giving lectures outdoors.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170705_Turky_sd.mp4




Ukraine: Crimean Tatars under pressure

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:22:00 GMT

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Crimean Tatars have been subjected to repression. They'd spoken out against the secession of Crimea from Ukraine -- and the Russians have not forgiven them for it.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170705_Krim_sd.mp4




Belated justice in Genoa?

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:06:00 GMT

Many protesters at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa were beaten up by the police. The European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that at least one victim is to be awarded compensation; more could follow.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170705_Justice_sd.mp4




France: the holy war behind bars

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:55:00 GMT

Many young offenders are radicalized in French prisons, widely seen as hotbeds of Jihadism. The majority of the 9000 potentially violent Islamists estimated to be in France have spent time in overcrowded prisons.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170629_frankreich_sd.mp4




Expecting at age 60

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:55:00 GMT

Medical associations in Spain are lobbying to roll back the boom in older mothers. They're calling on professionals to refuse to implant egg cells in women over the age of 50. But the practice looks very different.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20170629_spanien_sd.mp4




Learning German with Marlene

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The number of Poles learning German is declining. As a consequence, many German teachers have already lost their jobs. One out-of-work teacher tackled the problem with creativity: Marlena Uzieblo has been criss-crossing Poland, singing chansons by the legendary Marlene Dietrich.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20140924_polen_sd.mp4




Albania: No girls allowed

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Pregnant Albanian women have been aborting unborn baby girls. Albania's traditional family structures place a premium on male off-spring, and today's medical technology can tell parents the gender of an unborn baby well in advance.


Media Files:
http://tv-download.dw.com/Events/mp4/ej/ej20140924_albanien_sd.mp4




France: Refugees in Calais

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Over a thousand refugees have gathered in the port of Calais. The situation is getting critical. They live in occupied buildings and emergency shelters. The local residents are protesting and calling on the government to take action. Refugees hoping to make it across the English Channel often get stuck in Calais on France's northern coast. The entire port area is surrounded by high fences to keep them from making a dash for ferries bound for Britain. Recently eighty refugees stormed the port in an attempt to stow away on board a ferry headed across the Channel.


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Yazidi refugees in Turkey

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Tens of thousands of Yazidis are fleeing Iraq due to attacks by 'Islamic State' militants. Many are heading for Turkey, to return to villages their ethno-religious community was once forced to leave and which, until recently, lay abandoned. .


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Finding Refuge for the poorest in Bulgaria

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Bulgaria is one of the poorest countries in the EU. Almost half of Bulgarians live in poverty or close to it. The St. Trinity Monastery in Novi Han has become a place of refuge for the poorest of the poor. Father Ivan, who's known across the country, runs the St. Nicholas Orphanage here.


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Czech Republic: Bohemian Lions

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

An animal lover is keeping two circus lions he's rescued on his run-down farm. Ever since the lions arrived, the small Czech town of Humpolec has been in a state of alarm. Ladislav Vana loves animals so much that he's turned his home into a private zoo and shelter. Some 100 animals of all kinds have lived here for years in spartan conditions. But two young lions are the last straw for his neighbors. They're up in arms and fear for their safety. The veterinary authority sees no reason to interfere, saying ultimately the owner is liable for his animals.


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France: The appeal of extremism

Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

More and more young people from Europe are fighting with Islamists in Syria and Iraq. Many were recruited by militant networks and preachers. In France, hundreds of young people have already joined the jihadist fighters.


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Greece: The misery of migrant workers

Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Thousands of undocumented seasonal laborers work in Greece, among them many from Bangladesh. On the Peloponnese, they work for starvation wages harvesting strawberries and potatoes, often under conditions akin to modern-day slavery. Last year, 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers were shot and wounded by their foremen for demanding months of unpaid wages owed to them. The Greek courts acquitted the farmers who admitted to the shooting. Greek human rights activists say that racism against Asian migrant workers is to blame. But without legal work permits, their desperate circumstances will likely continue.


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Crimea: Changing Sides

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:00 GMT

After the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia, people there are trying to return to everyday life. But the road to normality is long, and political stances in Kyiv and Moscow have solidified. While politicians argue about topics such as possession of Crimea, how to feed the people on the peninsula and what will happen to tourism, the football club hitherto known as FC Sevastopol has its own worries. The team used to play in the Ukrainian Premier League. Now under another name and with a changed squad, they've been incorporated into the third division of the Russian league. But the Ukrainian football federation is opposed to the move - as are the international associations FIFA and UEFA.


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France: Charm and Arrogance

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Familiar scenarios for foreign tourists in Paris: a waiter brings coffee instead of water, or a hotel clerk supposedly can't understand English. Service in France is in need of improvement. France remains a hugely popular tourist destination. Hotel bookings are decreasing year by year, however, especially in the capital Paris. Service there doesn't exactly have the best reputation, while not speaking French can also be a major problem. That's set to change. Voluntary city guides called Paris Greeters accompany small groups of tourists, showing them local life in their own parts of town. At the same time, hotel and restaurant owners in particular are resisting the newly prescribed hospitality.


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France: Protests in Little Jerusalem

Wed, 6 Aug 2014 21:30:00 GMT

France is home to Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities. The start of the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip has prompted a number of anti-Israel protests. In Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris, Jews and Muslims have traditionally lived peacefully side by side - shopping at the stores or playing soccer together. Now many Jewish families are concerned for their safety due to antagonism and threats from Muslim protesters, and have bought weapons for self-defense. Imams and rabbis are trying to de-escalate the tension and aggression.


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Italy: The heart of the Mafia

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The Ndrangheta is the most powerful Italian Mafia syndicate. But to evade law enforcement, its organizers have had to go underground. The Ndrangheta is rich, powerful, and heavily involved with drug cartels all over the world. But the bosses can’t be seen in public. Instead, they hide out from the police in underground bunkers that are connected to ordinary houses. The region of Calabria is the hub of their international drug trafficking operation - and an excellent hideout. Shielded by a code of silence, the Mafia bosses live with the tacit protection of the local population.


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The Netherlands: When grief turns to anger

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The national mourning in the Netherlands after the downing of flight MH17 is turning towards anger and frustration as the investigation on-site continues to face obstacles. For many in the Netherlands, the repatriation of bodies of the victims is proceeding too slowly. They believe Moscow is responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight. A number of parents of victims have demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ensure the bodies of their children are returned. Some are also calling for the deportation of Putin’s daughter, who lives in a luxury penthouse in Voorschoten, an affluent suburb of the Hague. There were 298 passengers on board flight MH17, among them 193 Dutch citizens.


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Bulgaria: Beefing up the border

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Europe continues to fortify its borders to the rest of the world, and Bulgaria is no exception. They’ve just spend 4.6 million euros building a new fence along their border with Turkey. It's only three meters high and 30 kilometers long, but the new barbed wire fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish border reveals a lot about relations between the European Union and the oft-tumultuous neighboring regions. Sofia hopes the new barrier will prevent refugees, most of them Syrians fleeing from civil war, from entering the country. Those who do make it across the border often find themselves housed in Bulgarian refugee camps, which are known for their poor conditions.


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Spain: Deadly Danger for Europe's Vultures

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Spain is home to the largest population of vultures in Europe, but their numbers are steadily declining. A new drug for cattle now threatens to wipe out the vultures altogether. Vultures have long had a bad reputation in Spain. Time and time again, the birds are illegally poisoned, because they are said to prey on living cattle. Now the EU has authorized the administration of veterinary diclofenac to livestock in Spain and Italy - a deadly threat to the four species of vultures that live in Spain. The anti-inflammatory drug has already led to the near-extinction of the vulture population in India, Pakistan and Nepal. The birds ingest the substance when eating the carcasses of cattle treated with the drug, and die of kidney failure.


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Italy: Europe's Mightiest Volcano

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Mount Etna is both fascinating and feared, and it attracts thousands of tourists every year. But for two weeks there have been new eruptive fissures. The summit has been closed off since they appeared. Three volcanoes constantly keep Italy on tenterhooks: Stromboli, the most active; the unpredictable Vesuvius; and the tallest, Mount Etna. At a height of 3352 meters, it visibly dominates much of the eastern coast of Sicily. Time and again, earthquakes shake the region, clouds of ash darken the skies and lava flows destroy houses high up on the mountain. A team of volcanologists and rangers on site monitor every movement Etna makes. Theoretically, an eruption could happen at any time.


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Romania: Rivers Run Dry

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Hydroelectric power is booming in Romania. Government subsidies are drawing more and more investment into the sector. Conservationists, however, argue that while hydropower does not produce greenhouse gases, too many dams could cause entire rivers to dry up in the summer. They point to the southern Carpathian Mountains, where about 500 hydroelectric power plants - some still being built - are located. The wild rapids at these sites are particularly lucrative for investors. At the same time, many of the projects are also located in conservation areas, and the damage to habitats is severe. Residents of the region are fighting to keep the remaining streams and rivers in Romania untouched.


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Turkey: Dreaming of Kurdistan

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The civil war in Iraq is creating new opportunities for Kurds in the north of the country. They are becoming an example for many of their fellow Kurds over the border in Turkey. Many Kurds in Turkey are looking forward with hope and concern at events in Iraq. As the militant group ISIS continues its push to take Baghdad, the Kurds in autonomous regions are consolidating more and more power. For some time now, there's been talk of an independent Kurdish state that would extend beyond the borders of Iraq.


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Britain: Operation "Trojan Horse”

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

For months, debate has raged in Birmingham over the role of Islam in the city’s schools. An anonymous warning about Muslim fundamentalists has authorities alarmed. The allegations are serious: there are indications of an organized campaign to covertly co-opt schools in England. An inquiry discovered that at several schools in Birmingham, girls and boys were segrated. At some schools, Arabic is a required subject, and Christian holidays are no longer observed. School trips are organized to Mecca and Medina. The conservative education minister, Michael Gove, has announced that with the coming school year, all state schools are required to teach "British values.” The schools under investigation have rejected the accusations.


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Poland: Test Tube Babies

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Many Polish couples with fertility problems are fulfilling their wish for children by using artificial fertilization techniques. One Warsaw woman is expected her second child using this method. The surprising thing is that, while the entire family had to collect money to pay for her first artificial insemination, her second test tube baby is being funded by the government. Laws have been relaxed in Poland, a Catholic country where some priests refuse to baptize babies conceived through in vitro fertilization. Still, the method has been used in that country since 1987, and now the state is even helping defray the costs of the expensive reproductive procedure.


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Ukraine: Lviv's Mayor

Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

For many in Ukraine he's much like a pop star. Andriy Sadovyi has been mayor of the city of Lviv since March 2006 and has a burning desire to see his country reunited. Under the 46-year-old's leadership, the city of Lviv has become a role model for all of Ukraine. The electrical engineer has built up the infrastructure and lured investors to the city. He says the key to his country's future is to give municipalities more authority. Sadovyi feels the government in Kiev should relinquish central powers in cases where local authorities can deal with issues better.


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Romania: The Sewer Dwellers of Bucharest

Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

An estimated 6,000 homeless people live in the network of sewers and tunnels beneath the streets of Bucharest. Many were born underground and are now having children themselves. It's a world of its own, a world full of drugs, disease and poverty that's developed beneath the capital. The sewer dwellers live in the tunnels, canals, and sometimes in caves they've dug themselves, because they have nowhere else to go. Many have tuberculosis, hepatitis or are HIV positive, and live in tightly organized groups. Children in particular sniff paint to escape their misery -- at least for a while.


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Scotland: A Nation Divided

Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The countdown is on. There's just two-and-a-half months left until Scots cast their ballots on whether to stay in the UK or become an independent country. Recent polls indicate that around 30 percent of Scots are still undecided about how they'll vote. Brussels has already made it clear that should Scotland choose to become independent it wouldn't automatically qualify to stay in the EU. But other practical issues remain unclear and are dividing the Scottish people.


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Turkey: The Missing Children

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:30:00 GMT

More than 14,000 children have disappeared in Turkey in the last five years alone. A special police unit has been formed to look for those still missing. The General Command of the Turkish Gendarmerie says human trafficking is involved in most cases, and that children are being kidnapped as laborers, child soldiers and even for the illegal organ trade. Although most have since been found, 834 children who disappeared within the last five years remain missing. Currently the police are looking for almost 1500 children.


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Germany: Rescuing the Fawns

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Every year tens of thousands of baby deer are inadvertently killed by harvesting equipment while they're hiding in tall grass. A project in Germany is now saving many animals from an early death. We usually associate aerial drones with surveillance and destruction. It's less well known that they can also save lives. Just such a deployment is being tried at present in the Fichtel Mountains. A team of electronic engineers is using a drone to search meadows and fields where deer are suspected. The device has two eyes in the form of one infrared and one color camera. The infrared camera locates the animals by detecting their body heat. The color camera then ascertains whether they actually are deer. So far, it's been a striking success.


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Italy: Refugees in Distress

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Once again, tens of thousands of people are crossing the Mediterranean Sea to come to Europe. To rescue them from drowning, the Italian navy has authorized a military and humanitarian mission, Mare Nostrum. The Italian navy has five ships on permanent deployment patrolling the waters. Their mission is to rescue refugees and people in distress and bring them to safety. The refugees who get stranded in Italy are mainly from Syria and east Afridca, but they know they could be deported to their home countries at any time, so they often try to conceal their identities, hoping to stay in Europe. A report from the San Giorgio amphibious transport dock.


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Spain: Curbing Mass Tourism

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Authorities on the island of Mallorca have had enough of cheap mass tourism. They want to rid themselves of their rowdy drinking and partying clientele with new regulations. Tourists to Mallorca know the Playa de Palma in its capital as a place to party. The strip of beach a few minutes' drive east of Palma has declined over the years, largely due to its masses of mainly German and British binge-drinking visitors. The Spanish authorities are now trying to use new regulations to stem the excesses and give the island a new image.


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Poland: The Round Table Revisited

Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The Round Table Talks in 1989 marked the beginning of Poland’s road toward democracy. The original table is displayed at the presidential palace in Warsaw. The 1989 negotiations at this table have gone down in history. The talks led to the overturning of the ban on the Solidarność trade union and to a partially-free parliamentary election. 25 years ago, on June 4 and June 18, Poland held its first elections since the Second World War. The elections spelled the end to Communist rule in Poland.


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Poland: The Round Table Revisited

Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:30:00 GMT

The Round Table Talks in 1989 marked the beginning of Poland’s road toward democracy. The original table is displayed at the presidential palace in Warsaw. The 1989 negotiations at this table have gone down in history. The talks led to the overturning of the ban on the Solidarność trade union and to a partially-free parliamentary election. 25 years ago, on June 4 and June 18, Poland held its first elections since the Second World War. The elections spelled the end to Communist rule in Poland.


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