Europe is shrinking! No, its not an April fool’s joke, but an increasingly pressing issue for European countries.
The UN has warned that trafficking is taking on new forms in Europe. Now a case reveals that Poles are being tricked and forced into a life of crime by cross border criminal gangs in Sweden.
And for something completely different - We take a look at Bollywood’s popularity in France
Trafficking. The grass is not always greener
The problem of trafficking - usually that of young men and women from the poorer parts of the eastern Europe and beyond into prostitution has been a issue for serious debate in Europe for some time. But this week what is being called a new kind of trafficking leapt into the headlines. Promises of work and big salaries have brought hundreds of thousands of poor Poles to Sweden since Polland’s entry into the European Union. But, instead of the promised riches, some have been tricked into a life of crime, forced by human traffickers to steal.
Successful state elections last weekend have boosted German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, but her grand coalition now faces pressure to begin tackling reforms so badly needed in Europe’s biggest economy. Fixing the overstrained German health system will be one of the biggest challenges. Another one is the sharp decline in the growth of the German population.
Romania: Sisters are doin’it for themselves
Early this week, one of the most prestigious business magazines in Romania, launched a supplement aimed at saluting Romania’s top 100 most successful women in 2005. Currently in its third edition, this selection brings together women with an impressive record of achievements in such diverse fields as business, management, culture, entertainment, sports, politics and diplomacy.
Bollywood takes France
Bollywood, the now world famous collective name of India’s powerhouse film industry has taken that other cultural powerhouse - France - by storm. Now even Parisians are getting in on the act…
Closing music: ”Boro Boro”, Arash