Network Europe

This Week:

Poland publishes a list of Communist-era spies. What are the implications?

Preserving the unique heritage of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains

Battling graffiti in the Czech capital, Prague. A lesson for the rest of Europe?

Growing old gracefully in Spain


Shadow of the Past

Unlike East Germany after the collapse of the Wall, Poland has never thoroughly investigated its communist-era secret police agents and their informers. This was in line with Poland’s first Solidarity government’s policy of ‘no questions asked’, which was later changed to the vetting of just top public officials. Earlier this month, a journalist secretly copied a directory of 240,000 names of informers, spies and people questioned by the secret police under communist rule – and then uploaded it onto the Internet. The publication is causing an uproar in Poland.

Preserving Carpathian Traditions

The Carpathian Mountains stretch from the Ukraine through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria. In Romania, the traditional lifestyle of the mountain people has been under threat from increasing development since the fall of communism in 1989. Now, local initiatives are trying to find other, sustainable means to preserve their traditions before they disappear forever.

Prague fights back against Graffiti

Since the fall of Communism, Czech society has adopted many aspects of Western culture – and not all of them welcome. Graffiti - all but unheard of 15 years ago - is now a major eyesore in the capital Prague, blighting both housing estates and beautiful old buildings in the historic city center. But now, one Prague district is fighting back - and with visible results.

Mobile Scholars

The “European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students” or, more simply put, E.R.A.S.M.U.S ensures that the European Union doesn’t only guarantee labour mobility, it also encourages students to spend more time abroad. More than a million students took part in the scheme since it was launched in 1987. Network Europe investigates why the program so popular.

Life begins at 65!

Today’s EU citizens are living longer and thanks to an improved diet and medical advances, we’re also generally enjoying much better levels of health for longer periods of time. For many, life after 65 is when the fun really starts. Suddenly, you can do lots of things you’ve always wanted to do or more of the things you’ve always enjoyed. In Madrid, renowned as one of Europe’s livelier capitals, the line between young and old can get pretty blurry.

Closing Music: “Old before I die”