European Journal

Season 32, Episode 24 of 52

Italy: Refugees in Distress - Once again, tens of thousands of people are crossing the Mediterranean Sea to come to Europe. To rescue them from drowning, the Italian navy has authorized a military and humanitarian mission, Mare Nostrum. The Italian navy has five ships on permanent deployment patrolling the waters. Their mission is to rescue refugees and people in distress and bring them to safety. The refugees who get stranded in Italy are mainly from Syria and east Africa, but they know they could be deported to their home countries at any time, so they often try to conceal their identities, hoping to stay in Europe. A report from the San Giorgio amphibious transport dock. Sweden: Pilloried on the Internet - For years all Swedes have been able to find out how much their neighbors or colleagues earn, and whether they pay their taxes as they should. Now a company has gone much further. It has uploaded the complete list of Swedish criminal records for the past five years onto the Internet. With a click of a mouse, anyone can see if someone has been convicted of a crime. Because the company has a publishing license, it claims its actions are protected under the same law that covers radio, television and newspapers. But many Swedes think the firm has gone too far. The first victims have sued the Swedish government and calling for a change in the country's constitutional laws. Spain: Curbing Mass Tourism - Authorities on the island of Mallorca have had enough of cheap mass tourism. They want to rid themselves of their rowdy drinking and partying clientele with new regulations. Tourists to Mallorca know the Playa de Palma in its capital as a place to party. The strip of beach a few minutes' drive east of Palma has declined over the years, largely due to its masses of mainly German and British binge-drinking visitors. The Spanish authorities are now trying to use new regulations to stem the excesses and give the island a new image. Poland: Palatial Treatment for Depression - There are many ways to recover from depression: dancing, swimming with dolphins or knitting scarves and sweaters. In Poland a castle offers an unusual option. Moszna Castle, which lies southeast of Wroclaw in Upper Silesia, is no ordinary sanatorium. In fact, it's probably one of the most unconventional in Europe. Many patients here are recovering from nervous breakdowns or fighting depression. The majestic 400-year-old building with 99 turrets is said to have therapeutic value in itself. A sojourn in its calming atmosphere helps patients open up and forget their cares.

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