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
Spain Says Adios to the Siesta (Episode #3051)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 6:30 AM
The Spanish tradition of taking a siesta goes back centuries - but now the lengthy post-lunch break is being questioned in the crisis-hit country. The idea now is for staff to work a full afternoon to generate more money for the economy. Industry is eager to cut down on longer, unproductive working hours. For retailers, the idea would be to improve business with tourists by keeping their stores open all day. In those regions where summer temperatures often reach 40 degrees Celsius in the shade, however, early-afternoon shopping is not a priority. At the same time visitors from abroad may be disappointed to see the end of a phenomenon as traditional as the siesta.
The Abortion Debate Flares In Ireland (Episode #3050)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 6:30 AM
Ireland: Abortion - yes or no: In Ireland the debate on abortion legislation has flared up again. The trigger was the death of a woman who was not allowed to terminate. Since then, thousands have taken to the streets to vent their anger against the strict ban on abortion. Twenty years ago the country's highest court decided that terminating a pregnancy was permissible where the life of the pregnant woman was at risk. The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that judgment. But doctors are still liable to prosecution if they terminate a pregnancy as long as the embryo's heart is beating.
Britain's Sex Abuse Scandal Widens (Episode #3049)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 6:30 AM
Britain has been rocked in recent months by revelations that a late TV presenter is believed to have been sexually abusing children for decades. More and more people are stepping forward with claims that they too were among his victims. The British public is shocked that the abuse went on as long as it did. The case has also highlighted the issue of unchecked sexual abuse in institutions such as care homes, schools and hospitals across Britain. An inquiry into allegations of abuse at children's home in Wales conducted in the 1990s identified 28 alleged perpetrators, but many names were then redacted due to either pending prosecutions or lack of evidence.
KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 6:30 AM
Foie Gras Vs. Animal Welfare (Episode #3047)
KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 6:30 AM
The French love their foie gras, and the fatty liver product is a must at up-market events. But the producers of the luxury food are coming under attack. The production of foie gras involves force feeding birds to enlarge their livers. Fatty goose livers are considered a special delicacy. Animal rights campaigners are demanding an end to the practice. Nearly 20 countries around the world have banned it, but France continues to be the leading producer and consumer of foie gras.