European Journal

Season 32, Episode 32 of 52

France: Protests in Little Jerusalem - France is home to Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim communities. The start of the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip has prompted a number of anti-Israel protests. In Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris, Jews and Muslims have traditionally lived peacefully side by side - shopping at the stores or playing soccer together. Now many Jewish families are concerned for their safety due to antagonism and threats from Muslim protesters, and have bought weapons for self-defense. Imams and rabbis are trying to de-escalate the tension and aggression. Turkey: Miners in danger - A mining accident in the town of Soma cost the lives of several hundred men in May. It was the latest in a long line of mining-related disasters in Turkey. Poor safety standards have left the miners angry and frustrated with the government. Coal mining is an important part of Turkey's economy. Conditions for workers have worsened since the government sold many of its state-owned mines around 15 years ago. Some mines are illegal, with accidents frequently covered up. The miners work for low wages, without protective clothing or emergency measures. A few weeks ago Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - currently on the campaign trail for the presidency - promised to find a solution concerning safety standards. Britain: Cheaper rent against squatters - London house prices recently saw a record 25% rise over 12 months. Real estate owners are recruiting low-rent tenants to keep the properties occupied - and safe. Landlords are luring people with favorable rents - including offices, gymnasiums and churches. For 600 euros a month you can move in as a temporary tenant. As a so-called "property guardian" you also protect the space from squatters. Londoners on an average working income find it difficult to find affordable accommodation, especially in the more exclusive parts of London. The Czech Republic: Russian tourists abandon Karlovy Vary - The divisive political fall-out from the war in Ukraine has even reached the picturesque spa town of Karlovy Vary. It had become a favorite vacation spot among Russian tourists - but this year they haven't been so eager. Karlovy Vary stands to lose millions of euros from the tourists staying away. While many Germans and Austrians hop over the border for a day, most Russians would spend weeks there for a long relaxing vacation. Each summer nearly 90,000 Russians visit the town, but this year only half that number have come. The separatist uprising in Ukraine has many Russian tourists reluctant to travel around Europe for fear of not being granted visas.

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