This series provides offers a fascinating mix of stories exploring the important political, economic and cultural developments in Europe. With the unity of the region under threat from the bankrupt economies of Greece, Portugal, and Spain, the global economy continues to feel Europe's pain, and EJ is there each week with reports and analysis from Berlin, Paris, and London. The program also views the crises in Europe through the eyes of those whose lives have been affected the most. Presenter Nina Haase provides her unique take on the week's stories, telling the story with compelling video, strong reporting, and a good sense of humor.
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Italy: Fighting The Mafia with Mozzarella (Episode #3149)
KQED World: Tue, Dec 10, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
CROATIA: POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE - In new EU member Croatia, the on-going conflict between the Catholic Church and the leftist liberal government is taking on tones of a culture war. Whether it's about sex education in schools, or same-sex partnerships, Croatia's Catholic Church hasn't missed an opportunity to challenge the government. The church had a powerful influence on the day-to-day activities of the former conservative government. But for the last 2 years, Croatia has had a government that's been at odds with the country's conservative Catholics. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic is an avowed atheist and President Ivo Josipovic is an agnostic. The new government wants to steer Croatia towards secular modernity.
RUSSIA: FREE ON BAIL - More than 2 months after their arrest, the last of the Greenpeace activists has been released from jail on bail, though they all must remain in the country. The 30 international crew members of the Arctic Sunrise were protesting against what they called reckless arctic oil drilling. Now they're fighting on another front: for their own fate and for the right to protest peacefully. Russia has charged them with hooliganism, which can carry a maximum 7-year sentence. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg has demanded the group's release.
FRANCE: THE GREAT WAR REMEMBERED - Nearly 100 years after the outbreak of war in France, the government is calling on people to donate First World War memorabilia. The items will be displayed in a huge digital archive: The Great Collection - La Grande Collecte. Sometimes one small object can change a whole life. For Markus Geiler that was his grandfather's bible. Without it, Geiler would probably never have been born. His grandfather was a front-line soldier in World War I, and would have been killed had shrapnel not been stopped by the bible. Ever since, the family has treasured the book. Now it will be displayed on the internet for the entire world to see.
BELGIUM: UNEMPLOYMENT THREATENS TO OVERWHELM A CITY - For the last year the city of Genk has been living in a state of shock, after the car manufacturer Ford announced it will close its factory there in 2014. Only a few hundred of the people affected have been able to find new jobs. The majority is continuing to work at Ford on reduced shifts and will soon be out of a job. About 10,000 people are thought to be affected - that's nearly 1/6th of the city's inhabitants. And they have little hope of receiving any special assistance from the authorities. Genk is already on the verge of bankruptcy.
ITALY: FIGHTING THE MAFIA WITH MOZZARELLA - Massimo Rocco is a master cheese maker and is up against the mafia. His cooperative produces organic mozzarella on land near Naples that was confiscated from the mafia. The cooperative is part of "Libera Terra" - an organization of many small organic agricultural businesses operating on land that once belonged to the mafia. Legal labor, sustainable management and fair wages are the weapons that Massimo and his associates are using in their quest to free southern Italy from the chains of the mafia.
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 10, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
Un Calls for End of Racist Santa Spectacle (Episode #3148)
KQED World: Sun, Dec 1, 2013 -- 7:00 AM
TURKEY: TRIALS AGAINST THE STATE - Crimes committed by the state in the 1990s are only now going to trial in Turkey. Relatives of the victims are hoping for justice. But time is running out: the statute of limitations is 20 years. Kurdish and Turkish families alike suffered from the crimes. The state is accused of ordering the annihilation of entire Kurdish villages. But members of the Turkish military also paid with their lives if, for example, they were too lenient with the Kurds. These were political murders and, for years, the real killers remained confident they'd never be called to account. The government had blamed most of the killings on the armed wing of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
NORWAY: KING CRABS SAVE JOBS - Many Norwegians used to leave the villages in the north of the country because there were no jobs. Now they're coming back. Thanks to king crabs, the fishermen, at least, can count on a lucrative business. The crabs migrated from Russian waters. The giant creatures can measure up to two meters across. As well as the locals, tourists are also coming back for a look at the sensational crabs. However oceanographers worry that over time the king crabs could displace marine life that has been living in the arctic waters for millions of years.
HUNGARY/AUSTRIA: BANNING THE HOMELESS - Hungary's constitution had to be amended to allow for the criminalization of the homeless. Now many homeless people are leaving Hungary for Austria. In some areas of Hungary, the homeless are banned from bunking down in popular tourist areas. Several districts in the capital Budapest ban sleeping on the streets. Critics say it's just more proof of the conservative Hungarian government's disregard for basic human rights. Some of the homeless hoping for a better life are trying their luck in neighboring Austria, but there they could also face bans and fines.
THE NETHERLANDS: CONTROVERSIAL ST. NICHOLAS - The Netherlands' version of St. Nicholas - Sinterklaas - has been getting a dressing down. The UN calls the Sinterklaas spectacle racist and wants it abolished. In centuries' old tradition, Sinterklaas travels through the country with a band of helpers in black face. And that's the problem. The character is known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, and for years was portrayed as a dimwit. Opponents call the tradition racist. Many Dutch are outraged and have organized protests. Traditionally Sinterklaas brings presents for Dutch children each November.
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 -- 4:30 AM