Focus On Europe
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.
Focus On Europe Previous Broadcasts
Russia: Are Austerity Measures Measuring Up? (Episode #3326)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 27, 2015 -- 8:30 AM
The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is seeking a new direction; EU sanctions and falling energy prices are hitting the Russian population; Dog trainers are to undergo professional qualification tests.
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 28, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 28, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Boosting Military Defense In Finland (Episode #3325)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 20, 2015 -- 8:30 AM
Coming up this week on Focus on Europe from Deutsche Welle and MHz Networks: Finland: Boosting military readiness; Georgia: Atheists unwanted; Belgium: War games; Greece: New routes; France: Land for small farmers.
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 23, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 23, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 21, 2015 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 21, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Switzerland: Profits In Prostitution Industry (Episode #3324)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 -- 8:30 AM
Switzerland: Cross-border Sex Workers - The prostitution industry is booming in southern Switzerland. Estimates already say that the majority of customers are from Italy, with a rising number of sex workers hailing from Eastern Europe. Due to open borders and the legalization of prostitution in Switzerland, authorities are continually having to invent new methods of intervening in the world's oldest trade. The women work in Switzerland to benefit from police protection and other favorable conditions. They pay taxes and social security and will later be able to claim a pension. In the canton of Ticino, however, prostitutes are facing a growing number of stipulations, e.g. applying for permits, writing application letters and submitting "business plans". As a result, illegal prostitution is growing. Iceland: Strike Leads to Meat Shortage - Supermarkets in Iceland are running out of meat due to a nationwide strike called by vets. Seven years after the financial crisis began, the government's austerity course is seeing a backlash. As veterinarians are required to approve conditions at slaughterhouses and inspect imported meat, the wave of strikes since April has resulted in Icelanders now beginning to hoard meat. The unions are demanding higher pay and an increase in the minimum wage. The crisis is a result of a nationwide strike called by the Association of Academics, an umbrella organization that covers 27 unions including those representing vets. Iceland has a population of 232,000. The industrial action is still at an early stage, with the country's nurses set to go on strike next. Italy: Waiting for Foster Parents - Thousands of refugees are stranded on the south coast of Sicily, among them many children who either set off without their parents or lost them on the way. Their only hope now is to be taken in by foster families or be adopted. A growing number of couples in Italy are taking in refugee children. Last year only 10 foster children were assigned. Parents have to go on special courses in preparation, while tough suitability criteria and officials overstretched are currently preventing more minors from being taken in by the families. Bosnia/ Croatia: Flood Prevention - Last year saw the worst flooding in over a century in the Balkans. The disaster resulted from days of excessive rain and cost the lives of dozens of people. The countries and communities affected, however, do not appear to have learned much from the disaster. Many sections of the River Sava remain dredged and dammed, with hardly any natural flood zones. A range of new dams are in the works, while other sections of the river are being straightened. This puts local residents in renewed danger of flooding.
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 16, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 16, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 14, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Iceland: Ice Tunnel Tourism (Episode #3323)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 -- 8:30 AM
Coming up this week on Focus on Europe from Deutsche Welle and MHz Networks: Iceland: A tunnel through the ice; Czech Republic: Welcome to reality TV; Romania: Successes in the battle against corruption; Poland: Violence against women; Britain: A racehorse for the people.
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 9, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 7, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Alone Against Al Qaeda (Episode #3322)
KQED World: Tue, Jun 2, 2015 -- 4:30 AM
Coming up this week on Focus on Europe from Deutsche Welle and MHz Networks: Turkey: Citizens want bigger voice; Denmark: Alone against Al-Qaeda; Estonia: A ticking time bomb; Greece/Germany: German couple makes reparations to Greece.
- KQED World: Tue, Jun 2, 2015 -- 10:30 AM