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Stories By Region: Europe

December 2009

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France: Outlawing Ana
French lawmakers battle eating disorders

When reporter Lucie Schwartz began researching eating disorders among French women, she had never heard of "pro-Ana" blogs. A quick Google search turned up hundreds of websites in all languages featuring images of skeletal women and a mantra for starvation and thinness. Her story explores those caught in the phenomenon of "Ana" and why French lawmakers are taking "her" on. read more

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December 2009

Copenhagen: Coverage from the Climate Summit

Our reporters are in the thick of the action there, covering the contentious role forests will play in the evolving carbon offset market. Follow their updates and video posts. read more

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January 2009

Italy: Taking on the Mafia

In Sicily, the birthplace of the modern mafia, the mob has served as the real power center for decades, infiltrating all aspects of life and government. But FRONTLINE/World reporter Carola Mamberto finds that one town is fighting back. Taking on the Mafia tells the story of how a Palermo restaurant owner and a movement of young people help to score a rare victory in the country's battle against mafia dominance. read more

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November 2008

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Turkey: A Family Erased
Revisiting a bitter history

After a lifetime of wondering where we came from, my father, Jim, and his sisters, Elaine, Marion and Georgiana, decided to make a journey back to historic Armenia, a few hundred miles from the Iraqi border in eastern Turkey, to piece together some of our past. read more

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July 2008

Closing in on the War Criminals
Is Mladic next?

Following the arrest of Radovan Karadzic in Belgrade, we spoke with a journalist there who says the arrest of Ratko Mladic is weeks away. read more

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July 2008

The Arrest of Radovan Karadzic
A view from Bosnia

Hasan Nuhanovic lost his father and brother at Srebrenica. FRONTLINE/World spoke to him from Sarajevo about the capture this week of the man who ordered the massacre. read more

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February 2008

Russia: Putin's Plan
Giving up the presidency but not the power

On the eve of the March 2 presidential election, FRONTLINE/World reporter Victoria Gamburg follows Russia's democratic opposition as it attempts to campaign against the most popular president in the country's modern history. While President Putin has named Dmitri Medvedev as his successor, he is expected to stay very much in control. read more

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June 2007

Faroe Islands: A Message from the Sea
Whale hunters and mercury

For more than 1,000 years, the people of the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales, and whale meat continues to be an important part of their diet. Yet, the islanders now face a new threat: A landmark 20-year study of Faroese children has found that high levels of methyl mercury and other contaminants in the whale meat are harmful to a child's neurological development. read more

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May 2007

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Russia: Putin vs. NGOs
Russia's attack on independent voices

I have traveled to Russia three times in the past year to investigate the Kremlin's crackdown on independent voices. I first grew interested in the topic in 2006, when I read about a new NGO (non-governmental organization) law that limited the ability of nonprofit organizations to operate freely in Russia. read more

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May 2007

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Russia: Island on the Edge
A rough, new energy frontier

Sakhalin Island is what international oilmen might call a "hardship post." It is on the very edge of the Russian Far East The narrow, 600-mile-long island is populated by only half a million people, and its seasons are severe even by Russian standards. But underneath the surface of the island and the surrounding seas is enough oil and gas to power the United States for as much as a decade. read more

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April 2007

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France: The Precarious Generation
Au revoir job security

Election season in France this year has provided high drama. As the French head to the polls, they are not simply choosing their next president but choosing an identity. The country is facing deep schisms over economic and social policy, and each candidate represents a very different future for the Gallic nation of 61 million people. read more

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January 2007

Moldova: The Price of Sex
Women caught in the sex trade

"Flash Point" is a new series of online slideshows that will present the work of up-and-coming as well as established photojournalists. In the series debut, "The Price of Sex," documentary photographer Mimi Chakarova looks into the lives of young East European women trafficked into the sex trade. read more

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January 2007

Russia: Moscow's Sex and the City
The new reality for Russian Women

Moscow's version of Sex and the City explores what it means to be a young, single woman in modern-day Russia. Traveling to Moscow, filmmaker and FRONTLINE/World reporter Victoria Gamburg introduces us to the fictional characters and the stars of Russia's popular TV series, Balzac Age, and reveals how the show compares with the real-life experiences of single women making a life for themselves in Moscow. read more

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September 2006

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Bosnia: Divided We Stand
Can we agree on a hero?

In our latest Rough Cut from Bosnia, we recall the tragedy of the civil war in the 1990s, but also focus on a new post-war generation of young people looking for ways to move on. Traveling to the ancient Ottoman city of Mostar, a place still very much divided along ethnic lines, our reporter discovers the community has found an unlikely hero to bring them closer together. read more

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July 2006

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Italy: One-Way Ticket to Europe
African migrants search for a better life

As Europe grapples with the rising numbers of migrants arriving to its shores, this week's Rough Cut/Fellows report travels to the small Italian island of Lampedusa, off the Libyan coast, where hundreds of African migrants arrive daily through the summer in search of a better life. The story offers an unsettling glimpse of life for these new immigrants and exposes how complex and divided the issue of illegal immigration has become. read more

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June 2006

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Germany: Heart of Berlin
The struggle to save an East German landmark

In this week's Rough Cut, "Heart of Berlin," a struggle to leave the past behind unfolds. Filmmaker Jason Spingarn-Koff, who lived in Berlin 10 years ago, travels back to the city to look at a movement to save the Palace of the Republic -- a landmark building that has alternately been called a national treasure and a national eyesore. Find out why some want to raze and others want to redefine this Socialist icon. read more

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May 2006

Poland: Chopin's Heart
A nation's musical gift to the world

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski visits his native Poland to witness the 15th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. "Like every child growing up in Poland, I was raised with the music of Chopin," says Marzynski, who survived the Holocaust in Poland as a young boy. Eight hundred contestants, from 19 countries, sign up for the nail-biting musical marathon, which provides exquisite music and plenty of surprises. read more

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March 2006

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France: Soundtrack to a Riot
A rap of protest from the ghetto

In this week's Rough Cut, producer Camille Servan-Schreiber and reporter Marco Werman go to Paris to talk to a multitude of rappers -- some successful, some rapping in their living rooms -- to find out what lay at the heart of last year's riots and how this anger has been expressed in today's rap rebellion. read more

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March 2006

Bosnia: The Men Who Got Away
Who is hunting for Mladic and Karadzic?

Ten years after the end of the war in Bosnia, the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II, FRONTLINE/World reporter Jennifer Glasse travels to Bosnia, Serbia and the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague looking for answers to why the two men most responsible -- former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and histop general Ratko Mladic -- are still at large. read more

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March 2006

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Northern Ireland: Uneasy Peace
A community learns to forgive

In a journey to Belfast, once infamous for riots and bombs, Niall McKay finds that the hardwork of forgiving has begun. His Rough Cut video introduces Catholics and Protestants who are trying to heal their communities and find ways to talk to each other across old divides. read more

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December 2005

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Norway: Reindeer Men
Mythic nomads in a modern world

For those raised on visions of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer, this week's Rough Cut offers a bracing reality check as we journey into the fabled Arctic land of reindeer herders. The modern world is closing in on these nomadic people with recreational snowmobilers, mining companies, even NATO military bases encroaching on their remote, centuries-old way of life. read more

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October 2005

Ukraine: A Murder in Kyiv
An assassination haunts the country

Just a year ago, in November 2004, Ukranians poured into Kyiv's Independence Square, demanding democratic change. The nonviolent Orange Revolution ousted the old regime. Now a young widow returns from exile, hoping the new government will dare to arrest those who ordered the killing of her journalist husband -- even if the trail leads to former President Kuchma himself. read more

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August 2005

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Murder in St. Petersburg
Russian hate crimes on the rise

On Rough Cut this week, we present Kelly Whalen's report from St. Petersburg, Russia. "Murder in St. Petersburg" is the story of Nikolai Mikhailovich Girenko, a prominent defender of minority rights, who was gunned down in his home in the summer of 2004. His death was mourned by human rights defenders around the world. More than a year later, his murder remains unsolved. read more

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July 2005

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Dark Shadows
The legacy of war in Serbia and Bosnia

The 10th anniversary of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II has focused the world's skittering attention on the unfinished business of the Balkan war. Thousands gathered this week in Bosnia to commemorate the Srebrenica massacre, when Bosnian Serb soldiers killed at least 7,000 Muslim men and boys. read more

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January 2004

Spain: The Lawless Sea
Investigating a notorious shipwreck

In November 2002, an aging oil tanker sank off the coast of Spain, causing one of Europe's worst environmental disasters. FRONTLINE/World reporter Mark Schapiro investigates what went wrong with the Prestige, and uncovers a largely unregulated maritime system that offers few safeguards against environmental disasters or terrorism. read more

October 2003

Moscow: Rich In Russia
The brave new world of young capitalists and tycoons

FRONTLINE/World's Sabrina Tavernise, a New York Times reporter who covered Russia for six years, meets the young capitalists who are remaking Moscow and she examines the rise of Russia's oligarchs -- the men who became wealthy during the wild privatization period after the fall of communism. She interviews Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the richest man in Russia, and principal owner of Yukos, Russia's largest oil company, now under investigation by Russian authorities. Tavernise also meets Boris Berezovsky, a billionaire who fled to London, where he has just been granted political asylum. read more

May 2003

France: Play it Again Maurice
From North Africa with love Jewish-Arabic soul music

Recently in Marseilles, a DJ put out a techno dance track that sampled the piano playing and singing of an older musician born and raised in Algeria. The track became an underground hit, capturing the attention of PRI World reporter Marco Werman. So in May 2003, FRONTLINE/World sent Werman on a journey to this cosmopolitan city, home to an intriguing blend of Africans, Arabs and Europeans, to meet the man at the source of this compelling old-meets-new sound, Maurice El Medioni. read more

January 2003

Iceland: The Future of Sound
Innovative pop music from the land of ice and fire

PRI World reporter Marco Werman flies into Iceland for FRONTLINE/World on a hunt to find some of the most innovative pop music on the planet. Around-the-clock pub crawls follow, naturally. read more

October 2002

Romania: My Old Haunts
A native son returns to the land of Dracula

Writer and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu returns to his homeland, Romania, 13 years after the revolution that brought down dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. FRONTLINE/World explores a nation struggling with its new freedoms -- and hoping to attract tourists with the legend of Dracula. read more


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