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Network Europe

Published söndag 2 oktober 2005 kl 06.00
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The conditions for Turkey's Kurdish minority on the agenda as EU membership talks begin
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Romanian illegal immigrants are deported from Spain earlier this year
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This week:

We focus on Turkey’s Kurdish population as the EU is about to begin heated accession talks with Ankara.  

Britain is cracking down on illegal immigration, particularly concerning immigrants from Romania.

Human trafficking: we take a special look at the plight of African prostitutes in Europe.


Turkey’s membership talks

Turkey is scheduled to launch membership talks on Monday with the European union. The issue over whether such a huge predominantly Muslim country should join the EU, has exposed divisions within Europe, and raised questions over the bloc’s future direction. Human rights concerns and in-particular the treatment of the country’s Kurdish population, is expected to be on the agenda for the talks.

Crack down on illegal Romanian immigrants

In less than a month’s time, the European commission will publish an interim progress report assessing Romania’s membership bid. Romania is hoping to join the EU in 2007. Meanwhile, the country’s government is aware that along with tackling corruption, it must take measures to discourage its nationals from entering European countries illegally. Many Romanians try their luck in the United Kingdom, where a crack-down on illegal immigration has intensified.

Taking in the welcome mat in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, where immigration and asylum policy also top the agenda, it is often the case that those lucky enough to actually make it into the country then have to work very hard to stay in the land of tulips, wind mills and clogs.

New trafficking target? African women exploited across Europe  

French directors Romaric Atchuru and Olivier O’Nogo, have just finished a documentary called the African Network of prostitution. The 56 minute film is based on an investigation by Romaric, that looks at why an increasing number of African women are working as prostitutes in France and across Europe. 

Security versus Privacy: Is the time right for an Orwellian “Big brother”?

However this week’s report points out the potential dangers of new technologies.  Sweden, Britain, France, and Ireland have tried to win approval for storing all telephone and e-mail messages for years, to help track down terrorists The European Commission is struggling to find a compromise – with critics both on the right and left arguing the move violates human rights. 

Closing music:  “Finale”, Air

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