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
Muslims Campaign Against Extremists (Episode #3250)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 8:30 AM
Britain: Muslims against Extremists - Young people in Britain are turning to social media to combat propaganda by Islamic extremists. The "Not in My Name" campaign is taking on IS, or the Islamic State. Young British Muslims are appearing in videos to show their solidarity against IS, and to send the message that IS does not represent them or their values. The videos enjoy tens of thousands of supporters, while President Barack Obama has praised the campaign for its courage. But other Muslim groups have criticized the campaign. They say Muslims aren't responsible for the actions of extremists and shouldn't have to publicly distance themselves from extremists.
France: Growing Anti-Semitism - France is home to about 600,000 Jews. Until recently 2,000-3,000 had been leaving the country each year. But now that number has jumped dramatically. Many French Jews are convinced that anti-Semitism has become socially acceptable in their country. By the end of December, an estimated 5,000 Jews will have left in 2014 alone. Most of them move to Israel. Anti-Semitic acts of violence have been on the rise in France. More than half of the Jewish population there feel under threat.
Russia: Outraged Patients - Russia's health care system has been in chaos for some time. President Vladimir Putin made reforms a priority for his third term - but now the country is facing drastic austerity measures. Hospitals are closing, and thousands of doctors and nurses have been laid off. Several thousand health care workers and angry patients in 40 Russian regions have already demonstrated against the austerity measures. Many claim that the Russian state budget is tailored for war. The number of people who can count on state-guaranteed medical care is declining. Those who can't afford to wait months have to seek private treatment.
Germany: Welcome United 03 - Germany now boast a football squad made up entirely of asylum seekers. Welcome United 03 plays in the lower leagues, but have won nationwide interest. The biggest problem is the players' passports. A growing number of asylum seekers want to play football for conventional clubs. But that's not always easy. The German Football Association wants to ensure that players aren't playing for two clubs simultaneously. Players therefore have to prove that they're not under contract in their home countries. That can be a difficult undertaking, with some having to obtain paperwork from war-torn states like Somalia or Syria.
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 14, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Moldova's Education Crisis (Episode #3249)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 -- 8:30 AM
Moldova: end of educational opportunities - Thousands of children in Moldova are growing up without their parents. Their mothers and fathers have left to earn money in the west or in Russia. The children of these migrant workers are bearing the brunt of rising poverty in the country. Schools are empty and many are closing down. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Since Russia moved to punish the government's pro-Europe policy by slapping an embargo on Moldovan products, the situation has worsened. One third of the population now lives and works abroad because there is no work at home. Belgium: voluntary death penalty - Belgium has one of Europe's most liberal euthanasia laws. Now for the first time, a convicted rapist and murderer has been granted the right to assisted suicide. Fifty-two-year-old Frank Van Den Bleeken has been in a high-security prison for more than 20 years. Now he has successfully sued for the right to die, claiming to be "suffering unbearably" from his life in jail. In Belgium, a diagnosis of unbearable mental or physical suffering is a requirement for the right to assisted suicide. Van Den Bleeken is due to end his life by lethal injection in a hospital -in a country that has abolished the death penalty. Romania: a stellar career - Romania's president-elect is Klaus Iohannis, a member of the country's German-speaking minority. The man who is widely seen as a model politician may be giving his hometown of Sibiu an economic boom. Iohannis's electoral victory came as a surprise. During the campaign, his rival, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, accused him not being a "true Romanian." Now many Romanians are looking to the ethnic German politician to bring about policy changes that will provide jobs and fight corruption. Portugal: visa for cash - Portugal welcomes economic investment. That is why hundreds of visas have been issued to supposed investors from China. In some cases money changed hands under the table. The visa policy has benefitted Portugal's cash-strapped state coffers to the tune of more than one billion euros. But some of the visas were handed out illegally. Officially, investors receive a "golden visa" in exchange for purchasing real estate in Portugal, for investing in Portuguese companies, or for creating jobs in Portugal. Now police have uncovered a corruption ring involving top administration officials. Czech Republic: tunnel for skaters - Prague has Europe's longest city tunnel. The Blanka underground bypass highway is due to open to traffic soon. But at night, it's become a paradise for skateboarders playing cat-and-mouse with police. The billion-euro tunnel construction project was repeatedly delayed due to accidents and corruption scandals. Even now, safety issues are threatening to again delay the opening. That's been a boon to skaters who use the more than six kilometers of downhill sloping tarmac for a unique racing experience.
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Islamic State Daily Supply Channels from Turkey (Episode #3248)
KQED World: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
Turkey: IS Supply Channels - The radical Islamist group Islamic State (IS) is growing steadily. It now pays salaries to thousands of troops and has state-of-the-art weapons at its disposal. It has declared a caliphate stretching across parts of Syria and Iraq. Against a backdrop of cross-border trade with Turkish goods, it is now seeking to control border crossing points to Turkey. Every day sees trucks laden with food, clothing and other items crossing the border from Turkey. They're unloaded on the other side; it is unclear who exactly is picking up the goods. The haulers believe most of the cargo is going to the IS. This year alone, goods worth around $1 billion were legally exported from Turkey to Syria. Moreover, oil, weapons and soldiers are being smuggled over the border. Kurdish volunteers are now patrolling the area in a bid to stem the IS's supplies. Ukraine: The Russian Volunteers Supporting Separatists - The situation in Ukraine remains unstable. The Minsk Protocol, an agreement to halt the war in the Donbas region signed in September, has failed to stop fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists. Russian volunteers are flocking to the front. It is unclear exactly how many Russian volunteers are in Ukraine. They stand little chance against the seasoned Ukrainian armed forces, many having never fought on a front before and with little more than basic military training under their belts. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have risen following rebel elections that were denounced by Kyiv and the West as a violation of the Minsk Protocol, intended to pave the way for a settlement of the separatist problem. Portugal: Horses for Courses - The National Horse Fair is held in Golega, Portugal, for 10 days in November every year. The area is home to some of the world's top Lusitano breeding farms, but these days, the horses have lost much of their rarity value. Lusitanos used to be delicate creatures, but today breeding farms are producing taller, more internationally competitive horses with bigger gaits. An increasing number of horses that fail to make the grade are abandoned, since their upkeep is costly, and some Lusitanos are even ending up in the slaughterhouse. Britain: Tackling Urban Anonymity - Home to a population of over eight million, London is the third-largest city in Europe, and arguably one of the loneliest. A number of enterprising young Brits have come up with ways of banishing the blues. David Blackwell is one of the founders of the 'Talk to Me' campaign, which is geared to finding ways for people to talk to each other - such as badges bearing the message "Talk to me, I'll talk to you." Cuddlr, meanwhile, is a new app that makes it easier to find someone nearby to give you a health-benefiting hug or just to hold you. It already has 26,000 users.
- KQED World: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 -- 10:30 AM