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.

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      Russian War Games in Belarus


      Moscow is conducting military exercises right on the EU's doorstep: on Belarus' western border. Neighboring Poland and Lithuania are concerned -- despite the presence of NATO forces. Many Belarusians also oppose the Russian maneuvers on their soil.


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      Tough refugee deal between EU and Turkey


      The refugee deal prevents millions of Syrians from continuing on to Europe. They are stuck in Turkey. Tensions are increasing there, and there are attacks on the refugees, who have bad living conditions.


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      Surveys show Merkel in the lead


      Challenger Martin Schulz seeks to persuade undecided voters in Germany. Surveys show the Social Democrats clearly trailing behind Angela Merkel, the Christian Democrat and Christian Social Union candidate running for her 4th term.


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      Election campaign on the North Sea coast


      The Hallig islands Langeness and Oland off of North Sea coast are among Germany’s smallest electoral districts. Fewer than 100 eligible voters live there, and you’ll find no campaign posters.


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      French competition for "Made in Germany"


      French firms are pinning high hopes on President Macron’s reforms. Germany’s powerful economy is tough competition; they complain about its dominance and hope that France’s promised economic reforms will improve their position.


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      Merkel or Schulz – whom does the EU prefer?


      Germany has great influence in the EU, so European Union politicians are watching the German elections in suspense. They are familiar with Martin Schulz – he was the president of the EU parliament for a long time. But Merkel enjoys international respect.


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      Britons in France and Brexit


      Since the 1960s, many Britons have moved to southwestern France, especially the Dordogne. But Brexit could throw a wrench in the works: as non-EU-citizens, they would face new restrictions.


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      Homosexuals face discrimination in Poland


      Since the conservative Law and Justice Party came to power in Poland, hostility toward homosexuals has been growing. Same-sex couples face discrimination. They may not marry in Poland, so many go abroad to tie the knot.


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      Romania: Fipronil - the hidden threat


      This past spring, 1400 bee colonies died in the Romanian village of Puiesti after a pest controller sprayed an insecticide that contains fipronil, a known cause of colony collapse disorder. Now the destitute beekeepers are fighting for compensation.


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      Germany/Turkey: Duel over dual citizenship


      In 2014, Germany scrapped a law that required German-born teenagers with Turkish roots to choose whether they wanted German or Turkish citizenship. Some conservative politicians are still outraged by the decision.


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