Network Europe

Our last edition of Network Europe was devoted to developments in the Middle East:

We talked to the evacuated and heard about those who chose to stay in Lebanon. And all eyes were on the European Union; how far to an international peace-keeping force? That and more discussed in Network Europe: a partnership of Europe’s leading international broadcasters.

Roots and Repercussions

As Israel’s military campaign against the Hezbollah in Lebanon continues, the European Union is also increasing its efforts to bring about a cessation of hostilities as soon as possible. Radio Sweden’s Azariah Kiros takes a closer look at the conflict - its roots and repercussions.

Leaving Beirut

Those first moments of Beirut’s airport being blasted by Israeli fighter-bombers were for many on site, one more chapter in a long history of conflict. Many Lebanese were determined to stay put even as tourists swarmed to evacuate. Our reporter Serena Möller was one of them.

And Staying Behind 

Many Poles boarded government planes, landing in Syria. But as we’ll hear from Michal Zajac in Warsaw, not everyone packed their bags.

Building a New Life

Cologne is housing German-Lebanese refugees in temporary shelters.  Despite the problems that now face her, one mother is thankful to have gotten her family to safety.  Deutche Welle’s Kirsten Rulf hears how this family of six escaped with just one suitcase.

Cyprus Turned Refugee Crisis Centre

Tens of thousands of evacuees streamed into the usually sleepy holiday resort of Cyprus. How are residents coping? Our correspondent Tabitha Morgan reports on their calls for international help.

Romanians in Lebanon and Northern Israel

Romania has repatriated three quarters of its citizens from Lebanon.  But in Northern Israel, most Romanian immigrants have chosen to stay.  Radio Romania International files from Bucharest.

French Diplomacy

... is in top gear. Paris has been careful to adopt a balanced approach, sending ministers both to Lebanon and Israel. And this week the French president outlined a detailed plan for a durable ceasefire. But does the Lebanese community in Paris approve of the French approach? Radio France International’s Nick Champeaux takes up the story.

Brussels Briefing

And as all eyes are on the EU in hopes for some kind of peacekeeping solution, Steven Castle briefs us from Brussels.