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German Chancellor, Angela Merkel
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After Poland dredges up the war to gain sway in the EU, we go to Warsaw and the Polish/German border to see if the Kachynski brothers are touch with the mood of the people

And as if the EU wasn’t in the news enough already they go and produce this… Yes, Brussels tries to sex up its image with… sex. Ingenious.

Doping in the tour de France – will the sport ever recover from this seemingly endless scandal?

We also stop off in Berlin for our weekly postcard – this week Ich bin ein Berliner, but only if I’m nice, apparently


Is Poland ”Germanophobic?”

Poland joined the EU 3 years ago and has been gaining an ever widening reputation as a diplomatic bruiser. Their tactics at the latest EU summit drew fierce criticism from across the continent…The already raised eyebrows of liberals have risen further up their foreheads this week Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said it “was very near to unacceptable” while others called the Kaczynski twin brothers, Poland’s President and Prime Minister, “Germanophobic”. Poland wants to use a system that gives more power to smaller member states. The current system gives more voting power to larger nations, making the union’s most populous state, Germany, the most powerful. The sting in the tail was President Kaczynski’s suggestion that if the Nazis hadn’t killed so many Poles in World War 2 they would now be the populous nation in Europe and therefore the most powerful. But does this row reflect the way ordinary Poles feels? A report from the German-Polish border.

Sex and the European Union

There’s new evidence to suggest that it’s the summer of love in Brussels… European government’s often seen as aloof, unrepresentative and meddling…But now if you go surfing on the EU’s website you’ll realise that Brussels is involved in  the sexy and seductive world of the movies. Hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site have been enjoying a steamy short film montage of famous sex scenes from celebrated European movies. The 2 minute film’s now a hit on YouTube... but it’s upset a good number of people as well.

Drugs and bicycles

The Tour de France pushes off in London this week, a city notorious for its intolerance of anything on 2 wheels. And the public’s enthusiasm for the race has dwindled over the past few years, thanks largely to scandals of competitors being caught taking performance enhancing drugs. The American Floyd Landis was crowned king yellow-jersey last year, but officially Landis is no longer the winner of the 2006 Tour de France.”  He failed a drugs test.

Forced marriage grounds for asylum in Sweden

Sweden where For the first time, a court has decided that a girl or woman can be granted asylum if she can prove she’s at risk of being forced into an arranged marriage abroad. A 15 year old girl has won her case in Sweden and lawyers say it could open the way for many other similar claims. But is Sweden really a new haven for girls facing forced arranged marriages they don’t want?

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