Focus on Europe | Video Podcast | Deutsche Welle

What drives people in Europe? How do Europeans lead their lives? What are their views, hopes and fears? Fokus Europa provides the answers: up close, exciting and balanced.

http://dw.com/focusoneurope?maca=en-podcast_european-journal-2940-xml-mrss

subscribe
share


 
 

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: A gateway for IS


      Hundreds of Bosnians went to Syria to fight for IS. Now that it’s suffering losses, many are coming back and their presence is a source of concern. Bosnians have not been allowed to travel to Syria or Iraq since 2013.


      share





      4m
       

      A hairdresser for the homeless


      A Berlin hairdresser cuts the hair of homeless people for free, to help them regain their dignity as well as to improve their hygiene. They often tell her about their lives and about how they ended up on the streets.


      share





      3m
       

      Refugee helpers in Italy under pressure


      There are over ten NGO-run boats patrolling the coast of Libya to help thousands of refugees. But Frontex, the European border control and coast guard agency, thinks they are playing into the hands of smugglers.


      share





      4m
       

      Epilepsy drug scandal in France


      Depakine is prescribed for epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also prescribed to pregnant women with migraines and depression and has allegedly caused autism and severe birth defects.


      share





      4m
       

      Prison subculture in Russia


      25% of all Russians have been subjected to state investigation, put on trial, imprisoned or otherwise punished. Even the smallest misdemeanors can lead to jail sentences.


      share





      3m
       

      Controversial coal mine in Germany


      The open-pit mine in Hambach is one of Europe's largest, but activists want to shut it down. They're taking to the trees to pressure the mine's operators into ceasing operations.


      share





      5m
       

      'Sun tax' in Spain hurting solar providers


      In Europe's sunniest country, the government is dragging its heels on renewable energy. For decades Spain subsidized solar power, but now the state's policy has changed.


      share





      4m
       

      War over white truffles in Italy


      Ever since white truffles became more valuable than gold worldwide, collectors in Italy have been waging war among themselves, with many different means.


      share





      5m
       

      Latvia: In the shadow of Russia


      Relations between Latvia and Russia have grown extremely tense since the latter’s annexation of Crimea. The small Baltic republic feels under pressure from its big neighbor. At the same time, the Russian minority in Latvia is deeply divided.


      share





      4m
       

      Conscription for women in Norway


      In most European countries, women in the armed forces are volunteers. Not so in Norway. It extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Now more and more women are found on bases in the country.


      share





      6m