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.
European Journal Previous Broadcasts
Ukraine: Tug-Of-War In Crimea (Episode #3210)
KQED World: Sun, Mar 9, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
UKRAINE: TUG-OF-WAR IN CRIMEA - In Ukraine and Crimea, fear is growing that the country may soon be divided. The Crimean Tatars are particularly concerned about the prospect of the peninsula falling into Russian hands. The Crimean Tatars once ruled the entire region. The Turkic ethnic group first came to the peninsula in the 15th century. In 1944, they were deported by Stalin to central Asia. Today there are about 250,000 Crimean Tatars in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the south of Ukraine. The majority of the population there is of Russian descent. Now many Crimean Tatars fear they may once again become subject to persecution and expulsion.
BELGIUM: TAKING ON TRAFFIC - Brussels ranks as the city with the worst traffic delays in the world, ahead of even Los Angeles, Milan and London. Now the authorities are considering introducing a road toll to reduce congestion. The Brussels chamber of commerce estimates that traffic jams in Belgium's capital cost the city 500 million euros a year. A test with 1200 drivers has been launched to see if an electronic road toll could help. Much of the traffic congestion is caused by commuters who work in Brussels but live outside the city.
BRITAIN: A NEWSPAPER DEFIES THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE - The Guardian has been under pressure ever since it began reporting about the scale of US and British spy programs. The British newspaper has even been threatened with closure. The Guardian has taken on a very powerful opponent. Over the past months, the newspaper has been publishing stories based on information revealed by Edward Snowdon. Among the disclosures is that British intelligence is able to monitor all private online activity in Europe. Though the newspaper has been the target of threats and intimidation, it continues to publish new revelations.
GREECE: FISHING WITH LIGHT AND SPEARS (SERIES EUROPE BY NIGHT) - The residents of the Greek island of Milos are concerned that their tradition of spear-fishing at night using lamps to attract the fish may be banned. Every year between February and May, fishermen from the island of Milos go out to catch fish using the "pyrofani" spear-fishing method, which entails lighting the surface of the sea with bright lamps to attract fish. Because fish stock have declined near the island, the plan is that only professional fishermen will be able to obtain permits to fish by this method. Amateur fishermen on Milos are incensed.
ITALY: "THE WRECKER" IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT - The hopes of the entire country are resting on Matteo Renzi, Italy's new prime minister. Renzi calls himself "the wrecker" because he wants to do away with entrenched structures. "Subito" - or "immediately" - is one of Matteo Renzi's favorite words. Italy's new prime minister is resolved to undertake reforms - immediately. He's promised radical transformation, with one reform each month. At just 39 years of age, Renzi is also Italy's youngest ever prime minster. There's already concern that he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Critics also say that his cabinet is short on national and international experience.
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
Overthrow In Ukraine, Enormous Problems Ahead (Episode #3209)
KQED World: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
UKRAINE: OVERTHROW - In Ukraine, after weeks of protests, the opposition is back in center stage. An arrest warrant has now been issued for Viktor Yanukovych, still president of the country a few days ago. Yanukovych's ouster was preceded by bloody confrontations on Kiev's Independence Square. The situation escalated after several demonstrators were shot dead. Only after efforts at mediation by several EU foreign ministers could the violence be stopped. Yanukovych fled and the imprisoned opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko was released. But Ukraine faces enormous problems. The country is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Russia has suspended part of a financial aid package, but the International Monetary Fund, European Union and US have now promised billions in aid.
TURKEY: THE DREAM OF BEING A REFEREE - The conservative southeast of Turkey is far from being a bastion of female equality. So it's quite a sensation when individual women find a voice, even on the football pitch. A young Kurd has now managed to become the region's first female professional referee. The young physical education teacher has had her license for just half a year. She sees herself as a pioneer and wants to contribute to change. On the other hand, she has to endure both distrust and pressure. In all of Turkey, women's football is a relatively new sport, and across the country there are only a handful of female referees.
NORTHERN IRELAND: UNDERCOVER FORCE - During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Britain deployed a controversial secret unit, said to have shot dead members of the armed Catholic IRA and covered up murders by the pro-British paramilitary group the UVF, according to an increasing number of witness statements. This death squad operated into the 1970s, eliminating targeted IRA members. Members of the unit, the Military Reaction Force, have now confirmed that themselves. Force members were said to have worked undercover, camouflaged as trash collectors, street sweepers and homeless people in the Catholic districts. 40 men are said to have belonged to the force. More and more relatives of victims are now demanding their cases be re-heard. In Britain an amnesty for such crimes, committed before the Good Friday Agreement, has been under discussion for months.
SPAIN: A HOME FROM HOME FOR STAR-GAZERS (SERIES: EUROPE BY NIGHT) - Among the many attractions to behold on La Palma is the island's observatory. It's the most popular site in Europe among amateur astronomers. Astronomy tourism is such a big deal on the island that the authorities have even passed special regulations for street lighting and other pollutants of the air; excessive light levels render the stars invisible. Four years ago the world's largest optical telescope was inaugurated on the highest mountain of La Palmas - guaranteeing outstanding views of outer space.
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 7:00 AM