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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    Elite university could close


    Founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros as a bastion of liberal thought, Budapest’s Central European University has become one of the most prestigious in the region. A new law threatens its existence.


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    France: Campaigning in the banlieues


    France is about to elect a new president. However, in many banlieues where there is high unemployment and crime – for example in Marseille - few are interested in the campaign. Many have lost faith in politics.


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    Under-age marriages in Germany


    A small proportion of the refugees who have recently arrived in Germany are under-age couples. The government has put forward a bill that would automatically annul forced marriages between minors.


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    Referendum - Turkey at a crossroads


    Over 50 million Turkish voters cast their ballots in a referendum on whether to replace the current parliamentary system. A small majority voted in favor of giving more powers to the president.


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    Spain: Cheap laborers for cheap vegetables


    African immigrants tend and harvest vegetables for European supermarkets under extreme conditions. They often have to work in the plastic greenhouses where the produce grows. They sleep next to the farms in plastic tents, with no electricity or running water.


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    Latvia: In the shadow of Russia


    Relations between Latvia and Russia have become extremely tense since the latter’s annexation of Crimea, with the former feeling under pressure from its big neighbor. At the same time, the Russian minority in Latvia is deeply divided.


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    Kurds resist Erdogan’s referendum


    Resistance to the proposed presidential constitution in Turkey is particularly strong in the southeast. President Erdogan has overseen a draconian crackdown on the pro-Kurdish HDP. Almost half of the party leadership has been jailed.


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    The last Ukrainian shamans


    In the Carpathians, many people believe in the supernatural powers of soothsayers and folk healers called molfars. The tradition is deeply rooted in the region. Even politicians from Kyiv are said to have risked a look into the future here.


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    School solidarity in Germany


    School pupils in Cottbus are using petitions and protests to fight for their Afghan schoolmates, who face deportation back to Afghanistan because their asylum applications have been turned down. Refugee organizations warn against such a move.


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    Italy: Winter light for the valley


    Viganella in Italy's Piedmont region lies at the bottom of a deep valley. During the short winter days, it rarely gets a ray of sunshine. Now, a giant mirror reflects sunlight into the town square.


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