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Here are the From Our Own Correspondent stories from Europe, sorted by date, from January 2009.

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26 December

Joanna Robertson samples the delights of her favourite independent shops and uncovers hidden gourmet gems in Paris, Rome and Berlin.

19 December

Humphrey Hawksley reports on how port makers in the northern vineyards of Portugal hope an image change will attract younger drinkers to the fortified wine.


14 November

The French believe laws are made to be broken and are apt to make heroes of villains, explains Emma Jane Kirby.

14 November

The historic clash of Muslims, Christians and Jews in Cordoba in southern Spain has left the city with a tangled legacy, David Edmonds finds.

7 November

The deportation in 1944 of thousands of Hungary's civilians to the Soviet Union, although on a similar scale to the deportation of its Jewish people to the death camps, receives little official attention in Hungary, as Nick Thorpe reports.

7 November

Johnny Dymond discovers the enduring delight of travelling on European trains, gleaning a sense of the continent's past and future.

5 November

With the French government canvassing opinion about the country's patriotic spirit, Emma-Jane Kirby asks what makes the French so very... French.


31 October

Twenty years after German reunification, William Horsley finds West Germans are now seeing aspects of the old East German order in a more positive light.

17 October

As the trial date of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is finally fixed, Allan Little finds he still retains some of his old power.

15 October

Political violence and killings seem to be daily occurrences in the tiny mainly Muslim republic of Ingushetia in the Russian North Caucasus, which shares a border with Chechnya. Dom Rotheroe explains why.


26 September

David Edmonds goes to Armenia to discover small and poor Armenia aims to beat the world at chess.

19 September

Emma Jane Kirby visits the illegal Calais campsite known as "the jungle" to see how news of its closure is affecting migrants.

17 September

Bridget Kendall reports on the effects of climate change in Yakutia where, in midwinter outside temperatures make it the coldest place on earth.

12 September

Angela Robson reports from the Russian republic of Tuva, where residents appear keen not to allow investments that would impact on their unique way of life.


29 August

When Dominic Hughes visits Hungary to report on the effect the rise of the far right is having on the Roma, internal divisions remind him of reporting on Australia's Aboriginals.

15 August

A baroness's bid to be reunited with a family heirloom saved from the Nazis is part of a wider restitution problem for Poland, reports Nick Higham.

8 August

In Spain, the recession is testing the nation's passion for bullfighting. Steve Kingstone reports from a town that has had to slash dramatically the costs of its annual bullfighting fiesta.

8 August

Maverick Communist leader Marshall Tito had decidedly capitalist tastes when it came to his holiday retreat, as Frank Partridge explains.


25 July 2009

Hardtalk presenter Stephen Sackur reports from Greenland where global warming could bring new prosperity.

25 July 2009

In Sofia, Nick Higham meets former bodyguard and newly-elected Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, the man many Bulgarians are counting on to rid the country of corruption.

18 July 2009

The murder of Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova shows that life in Chechnya can still be brutal, says Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

11 July 2009

Russian billonaire, Oleg Deripaska, normally tries to avoid the media spotlight. But Tim Whewell was able to spend some time with him and gain an insight into his life.


25 June 2009

As the 50th anniversary of William Burroughs's controversial book Naked Lunch approaches, Christine Finn travels to the Beat Hotel, a place where photographers, models and Burroughs lived.

20 June 2009

As the new Acropolis museum opens in Athens, Frank Partridge investigates whether the long-running dispute between Britain and Greece over the Parthenon Marbles will be resolved.

18 June 2009

Eight years after Portugal decriminalised all recreational drugs, Claudia Hammond visits Lisbon to see how effective the policy has been in reducing the number of addicts.

13 June 2009

France might be just across the English Channel, but Emma Jane Kirby says both nations are still prone to the pitfalls of linguistic misunderstandings.


30 May 2009

Kieran Cooke visits Knock in the west of Ireland where for years Catholic pilgrims have flocked to commemorate what they believe to have been a sacred apparition.


25 April 2009

As he prepares to leave Rome, David Willey reflects on the microcosm of daily life in a former Roman palace.


22 March 2009

Mark Mardell reports on the rising public anger spreading throughout Europe over the global financial crisis.


28 February 2009

Emma Jane Kirby reflects on why the unpredictability of French President Nicolas Sarkozy means it is difficult to define him.

7 February 2009

In Moscow, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reflects on the recent murders of a lawyer and a journalist and questions why little appears to have been done to find those responsible.


24 January 2009

From Stuttgart, Dan Payne explores the debate stirred up by the release of the Tom Cruise film Valkyrie.

17 January 2009

The scrap metal business is no longer providing a living for many of Eastern Europe's Gypsies.

17 January 2009

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to work closely to try to overcome the current downturn, but they still have very different ideas about how their economies should be run.

10 January 2009

James Rodgers discovers how the profits from Russia's oil and gas exports have improved the country's political and financial success.




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