Network Europe

This week:

Condoleeza Rice’s charm offensive in Europe.

The fight of Turkish women against polygamy.

A controversial Greenpeace campaign upsets the Czech government.

The shape of things to come? Cross border commuters in Luxembourg

Death by Semla?! A “high carb” tale behind Sweden’s favorite “Fat Tuesday desert.


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US secretary of state Condoleeza Rice ended her marathon tour of Europe and the middle east on Thursday. The woman who reportedly said “forgive Russia, ignore Germany and punish France” during the transatlantic row over Iraq, went out of her way to patch up relations between the two sides of the Atlantic. A report from RFI.

Turkish Polygamy

Set to commence accession talks with the EU in October, Turkey is currently busy adapting its penal system to meet EU criteria. However, many Turkish women are calling on their government to enforce existing laws, especially regarding polygamy. Polygamy is illegal in Turkey, yet it remains common for men to have more than one wife. A report from Radio Netherlands.

Cross Border Commuters

Cross border commuters make up 40% of the population in Luxembourg. The commuters come from neighboring countries, mainly  Belgium, France and Germany, in order to benefit from the higher wages of the grand duchy, and also because there is a wide range of jobs there.  Bénédicte  Marcel from France, is one of them. She has  been working for the subsidiary of an American chemical company in the small EU member state  for the past ten years. A report from Deutsche Welle.

Greenpeace Draws Critiscm From Prague

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the Czech Republic, and – like many countries in Europe – it is running extensive advertising campaigns to attract foreign visitors. Now, though, the Czech branch of Greenpeace has produced a highly controversial parody advert, drawing attention to litter, pollution and other environmental problems in the country. A report from Radio Prague

Swedish Killer dessert

The year is 1771. Swedish King Adolf Fredrik has just devoured, as usual, an enormous meal of fish and Russian caviar, lobster , boiled meat and to please his German taste buds, a big plate of sauerkraut. Next? His favourite dessert, the Semla. It was this little bun changed the course of Swedish history…A report from Radio Sweden.

Closing music: Carnival music, from the Dunkerque “Carnival” in the north of France.