Green Light for Turkey
The European Commission has recommended that Turkey is ready to start negotiations to join the EU but on the proviso that the country must not backtrack on recent democratic reforms. The final decision will be taken by EU leaders in December, but the Commission has already been impressed by reforms carried out by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He’s reformed Turkey’s penal code and improved the situation for the country’s 13 million Kurds with limited Kurdish broadcasting and language tuition. He’s also reined in the military and tried to curb police torture. A report from Angus Roxburgh from Istanbul.
Anti Discrimination Commission in France
In France, there are plans to introduce a new government commission tasked with fighting against all types of discrimination - be it on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, handicap or race. The plan is being discussed at the moment in parliament, and is expected to come into law early next year. The commission, made up of eleven permanent members, would have the power to send cases to court for trial. The debate has raised a question that is almost taboo in France - that of positive discrimination. From Paris, Radio France Internationale’s Cordelia Hebblethwaite reports:
Opening Doors in The Czech Republic
The free flow of goods is one of the stated objectives of the European Union. For countries such as the Czech Republic, entry in the club should help facilitate the exchange. Or that’s the hope of Michel Thomasek. The Czech lawyer bought a car while living in Brussels to bring back with him to Prague. That was before the enlargement of the EU and the process resembled an obstacle course. A report from Devora Rogers.
Sweden Returns Aboriginal Remains
Nearly a 100 years ago, a Swedish scientist plundered Aboriginal graves in Australia and smuggled out human remains, skulls and other bones, and brought them to Sweden. Last year the Swedish government decided to repatriate these indigenous human remains to Australia. Aboriginal representatives arrived in Stockholm last week and have now taken custody of the remains at a special handing-over ceremony. A report from Radio Sweden.
Polish Cinema Buffs
Polish cinema fans have set up a new record. Gathering in one of Warsaw’s cinemas a group of young people watched movies for over 73 hours to beat the previous record set two years ago in Taiwan. Radio Polond reports.
(Today’s Network Europe replaces our scheduled programme - Sweden Today, which will return in November)