Breaking down the psychology of Russian propaganda, testing the depths of Swiss disaster planning, unpacking Northern Ireland's historic election results. Also: challenges to the EU’s ban on Russian oil imports, a conversation with the podcaster giving voice to the Russia-German community and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy turns 50.
EU bans Russian oil, Poland struggles with rule-of-law funding cuts, Slovakia’s former PM is accused of forming a criminal organisation and
British Sign Language gets official recognition. Also: trauma therapy for Ukrainian refugees, Russian exiles in Turkey, a wind turbine controversy in Normandy and Ibiza gives climate change top billing.
Russia cuts off gas to Poland and Bulgaria, Ukrainian mayors appeal for reconstruction aid, and elections in France and Slovenia – we look at what the results might mean. Also on Inside Europe: leading lawyer Philippe Sands on prosecuting Putin for the crime of aggression, a look at the dilemmas facing Turkey’s drone industry and an evening in the company of Kyiv’s courageous symphony orchestra.
Critics slam the UK’S plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda - The German chancellor under fire over weapons for Ukraine - Concern in Moldova that it, too, is in Russia’s crosshairs - Protests in Turkey as the authorities seek to silence a women’s rights group - And On the Green Fence: How clean is the River Rhine
Uneasy deja-vu in France, war crimes in Ukraine, football as therapy and ordinary people open their homes to refugees. Also: Boris Johnson is fined for breaking his own lockdown rules, Turkey’s doctors leave the country, a journey into the politically charged world of Spanish matadors, plus a wee dram of climate vulnerable Scotch whiskey.
No end in sight to the war in Ukraine, but some refugees are heading home - The horror revealed after the Russian retreat - Ukrainian conflict draws comparisons with the Balkan wars. Also: A portrait of a nation as the French vote in presidential elections - Election results in Serbia and Hungary indicate President Putin has friends in the West - Ferrari celebrates 75 years in the fast lane.
Sex traffickers target Ukrainian refugees, Ukrainian cultural heritage becomes a casualty of war, is Turkey becoming a back-door for Russian wealth? Plus a look at the political fallout from the royal tour of the Caribbean. Also: election time in Hungary and Serbia, parenting advice for refugees and Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov experiences sadness and sanctuary in Berlin.
Finland weighs up the NATO option, Serbia’s not ready to cut ties with Russia yet, Russia’s financial troubles deepen, and journalists become targets. Also: a Ukrainian environmentalist makes a powerful plea for exiting fossil fuels, British seafarers react to a brutal mass sacking, Istanbul’s mayor taps citizen solidarity and Greek fishermen take matters into their own hands.
Snapshots from Ukraine, NATO weighs up its options, the UK’s refugee response comes with a catch.
Also: the DW technicians bringing medical supplies to Ukraine, double standards in Spain and Ireland puts St Patrick Day’s back on the calendar.
Ukrainian refugees tell their stories, Russian protesters know that it’s all or nothing, Poland's surprise fighter jet offer, and an Italian primary school where Ukrainian children have already started lessons. Also, a closer look at how Russia's war is impacting food security, climate pledges, bilateral alliances and the world of sport.
Perspectives from a continent racing to adjust to: dramatic shifts in foreign policy, over one million refugees seeking shelter, and the crashing of Russia’s economy. Also: portrait of Ukraine's president, Turkey blocks the Bosporus, the IPCC reports back, racial discrimination at Ukraine's borders and France’s presidential race continues under the shadow of war.
War in Ukraine. We’ll be considering the situation from a variety of different angles: sanctions, energy dependence, the mood in Russia. And, most importantly of all: The ordinary people of Ukraine. Plus: Poland cuts language funding for its ethnic German minority. French departments reject the Olympic flame. A peak inside Hungary’s burgeoning film industry. And Italy's TikTok grannies...
Russian military capability, Poland welcomes NATO troops, a postcard from Eastern Ukraine and the UK's Ukrainian diaspora rallies round. Also: Greek human rights defenders given suspended sentences, a Spanish man’s quest to break down age-based banking barriers, exposing Italy's neo-fascist networks, plus a Berlin trio with South American roots.
Vladimir Putin's secretive backstory, Ukrainians gear up to fight and Germany's new chancellor keeps a low profile. Also: France’s far-right presidential candidates court mayoral nominations, respite from the Serbian brain-drain, the problems with Spanish macro-farming, EU ghost flights and how to stop them, plus a controversial mining project in Poland.
The EU provokes backlash on 'green' investments - Who has the most to lose over Nord Stream 2? - The Hungarian model of politics - A victory for women's rights in Cyprus - Ireland's scheme to embrace undocumented migrants - Czech police crack down on antivax activists - One Man and his Bike: Paris to Istanbul - Italy's iconic Sanremo Music Festival - And more...
Life in Ukraine goes on almost as normal, Gotland islanders eye up NATO membership, Britain’s Prime Minister has some explaining to do and passions run high at Ferrara’s Week of Memories.
Also: the biggest coming out in the history of the Catholic Church, dark secrets from France's recent past and music from Budapest and Berlin.
Tensions over the EU's sustainability taxonomy, a defence pact causes concern in Slovakia, taxing times for Poland's middle classes and Italian police refuse to wear pink. Also: protection for journalists at demonstrations in Germany, Turkish-Armenian relations begin to thaw, France's liaison dangereuse with public intellectuals and life at the circus resumes in Hungary.
Tension builds on the Ukrainian-Russian border, car smashing provides release from COVID stress in the Netherlands, Greece's missing marbles and Serbians on Novak Djokovic. Also: Turkey's not-so “pious generation", life after Brexit, retreating Scottish snow patches and a violin made from the floorboards of legendary Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.
Cheers and jeers over EU plans to label gas and nuclear energy, climate friendly - Poland’s Watergate scandal over spyware attacks heats up - Bikes revolutionize the school run in Barcelona - Brexit one year after Britain left the EU - Why schools are key to preserving local life on Italy’s Aeolian islands - All aboard the night train! Why more and more people are sleeping their way across Europe
A New Year’s special showcasing the best of European traditions and culture including:
the scents of Europe’s past, Norwegian glad rags and Vienna's horse-drawn carriages.
Also on the programme: Lefkara lace, a phoney bohemian snack, pasta from Italy and from the UK, there’s a close encounter with an ancient Briton!
On today’s programme: we throw caution - and the Inside Europe programme format - to the wind, as we catch up with some of our far-flung correspondents for a Christmas ring -round. Expect delicious food, spontaneous bursts of song and all round festive chaos! Plus Italian porticos and Berlin musicians... lots of them!
This week: the secretive prisons that keep migrants out of Europe, Omnicron takes hold in the UK, Turkey’s balancing act over Ukraine starts to falter. Also on the show: Belarus cracks down on dual citizenship rights, a look back at Slovenia’s 6 months in the EU boss seat, the Odeuropa project recreates the scents of Europe’s past and Stalin's popularity is resurgent in Georgia.
Germany has a new government, the US looks to Europe to calm tensions with Russia,
the UK takes a new tack on drugs and a Norwegian football team stands up for human rights.
Also on Inside Europe: Natalia Kaliada, artistic director of Belarus’ not-so-free theatre, Barcelona resists airport expansion, and Cornwall considers going solo.
The latest on the Russia-Nato stand-off, what Eric Zemmour’s presidential candidacy means for France, links between populist politics and vaccine hesitancy plus a visit to Spain’s aeroplane graveyard. Also: Turkey reels as the Lira plummets, under cover in extremist chat networks, the campaign for assisted dying in the UK and Italy's natural cheese meadows.