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
A TV Comedian Takes Power In Iceland (Episode #2845)
KQED World: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 -- 6:30 AM
SPAIN: RESCUING THE TABLAS DE DAIMIEL - At the forthcoming international climate conference in Cancun, the Europeans won't be the ones calling the shots. But the environmental debate that has been taking place over the past few years has had some results. For example, the Spanish government has stepped in to save an important nature reserve from drying out.
RUSSIA: REPLACING HOUSES LOST TO FIRE - This past summer in Russia, first peat deposits burned and then the forests. Fires continued to spread because the forests had long been neglected and fire prevention measures were inadequate. But now at least the people who lost their homes can move into new ones.
POLAND: REPACKAGING A HIGH - In Germany, the fashionable drug "spice" has long been outlawed. In Poland, the ban is new, but it is still easy for Polish teenagers to buy small packets of it.
ICELAND: THE JOKERS - Free hand towels in swimming pools and polar bears for Reykjavik Zoo: with absurd campaign promises, Jon Gnarr's Best Party, founded as a joke, has won the elections. Now the television comedian is the mayor of Iceland's capital.
FINLAND: A VENERABLE VINTAGE FROM THE SEA - This past summer, bottles of 200-year-old champagne were salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Now the bubbly can be tasted on the Aland islands.
The End In Sight for Berlusconi? (Episode #2846)
KQED World: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 -- 6:30 AM
ITALY: BERLUSCONI IN DIRE STRAITS - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under unprecedented pressure. He is to face a vote of no confidence in parliament on December 14. What's more, his former ally Gianfranco Fini is leading the challenge.
BELARUS: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON DECEMBER 18
LITHUANIA: INDEPENDENT UNIVERSITY EHU STUDENTS - in Vilnius with the president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek - In 2004 Belarus's autocratic president Alexander Lukashenko closed the non-state European Humanities University in the capital Minsk. It was able to reopen in the Lithaniuan capital Vilnius.
FRANCE: CONSTRUCTION AT MONT SAINT-MICHEL - The bay surrounding the famous monastery island of Mont Saint-Michel is silted up. A dam on the river feeding into the bay is being built to make this emblem of Normandy a proper island again.
PORTUGAL: RESCUE ON THE HORIZON - Crisis, crisis, crisis: Europe is deeply concerned about the future of the Euro as the focus switches from Greece and Ireland to the Iberian peninsular. Portugal could be the next Eurozone country to run out of money.
SPAIN: FRANCISCAN MONK RESCUES WOMEN - In Algeciras in southern Spain, a Franciscan monk is taking care of refugee women from Africa. Many of them are pregnant or have small children with them.
The Celtic Tiger In Crises (Episode #2844)
KQED World: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 -- 6:30 AM
IRELAND: THE CELTIC TIGER IN CRISIS - First Greece, and now Ireland is facing financial ruin. The European Union is already gearing up to help. But young Irish people are especially pessimistic about their future prospects at home.
DENMARK: A PROFESSIONAL ARMY IN AFGHANISTAN - At the NATO summit in Lisbon, military withdrawal from Afghanistan was top of the agenda during talks between members of the alliance. The mission there is controversial in many NATO countries -but not in Denmark.
MOLDOVA: THE NATIONAL GAGAUZ MUSEUM -Gagauzia is located in southern Moldova. It's a tiny, little-known autonomous region in Europe. A museum there is dedicated to chronicling the history of the Gagauz people, a Turkish ethnic group with their own language.
HUNGARY: THE CHINA CONNECTION - More than 10,000 Chinese live in Hungary - more than in any other country in central Europe. Though xenophobia is a reality there, the Chinese community has been largely tolerated.
BRITAIN: FORTRESS ON THE SEA - During the Second World War, the mouth of the Thames River was seen as a point of military weakness. The British tried to protect the area with fortified towers. Today, those forts are in a state of disrepair.
Budget Woes In Greece (Episode #2847)
KQED World: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 -- 6:30 AM
Germany / Denmark: Tunnel or Bridge?Germany and Denmark are planning to build a road and rail link between their two countries across a body of water called the Fehmarnbelt. One proposal is to construct a 19 kilometer long bridge but environmental activists oppose the five billion euro project.Ukraine: Corruption and EURO 2012Poland and Ukraine are co-hosting the EURO 2012 football championship but there are big concerns the soccer stadiums in Ukraine will not be ready in time.Greece: Austerity's After effects The Greek government is saving as much as possible ? and that's had a devastating impact on the countries job market. In just one year, unemployment has risen by three percent.Britain: The Rise of DruidismDruidism has been recognized for the first time in Britain as an official religion -- at least, that is, for the purposes of charity.Hungary: Schnapps Galore!Hungary now allows its citizens to distill schnapps for private use without the need for a special license or to pay tax. However, physicians and commercial distilleries are against the change.
KQED World: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 -- 6:30 AM