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Crossing continents Friday, 31 March, 2000, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Archive: Europe
The bustling produce market in Palermo, Sicily
From the crumbling 'science cities' of Siberia, to the dynamic 'Celtic Tiger' economy of modern Ireland: our stories from across Europe since autumn 1998.

Ukraine (20 July 2000)

Olenka Frenkiel reports on one of Europe's most serious epidemics of HIV, encouraged by local drug habits and complacency.

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    Albania (4 May 2000)

    Presenter Max Easterman describes how Edi Rama, Albania's Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, is trying to break the country's cycle of poverty, violence and corruption.

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    Portugal (13 April 2000)

    Presenter John Egan examines why Portugal's roads are still the most dangerous in the EU - and what's being done to make them safer. Plus, Portugal's enduring relationship with East Timor, and Lisbon's hippest club.

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  • Roma (6 April 2000)

    Producer Paul Vickers reports from Romania, Hugary and Poland on how Roma communities across Europe are mounting a renaissance of 'gypsy' culture, adopting a new identity and coming to terms with a history of persecution.

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  • Urals (23 March 2000)

    Producer Masha Karp reports on how local tough guys are setting up as a political party in the Ural mountains - and winning respectability. Plus, Russia's new breed of conscientious objectors, and the extraordinary Ural motorcycle.

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  • Norway (9 December 1999)
    Producer Hugh Levinson examines how beneath an egalitarian image, Norway is having trouble facing up to its newly multi-cultural society. Plus, fear and anger as wolves return to the countryside
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  • Bulgaria (2 December 1999)
    Reporter Max Easterman describes the simmering row that's brewing between the EU and Bulgaria over the ageing nuclear power plant at Kozloduy. Plus reports on the country's small-arms trade, and a renaissance of Bulgarian winemaking.
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  • Spain (14 October 1999)
    Producer Lucy Ash investigates the Spanish enclave of Ceuta - in Moroccan territory, but officially a part of Europe. Is it an unlocked door into Fortress Europe - and why is it controlled by Jesus Gil, one of Spain's most controversial figures?
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  • Croatia (29 July 1999)
    Producer Hugh Levinson examines how four years after its own Balkan war ended, Croatia is still struggling to pick up the pieces. Plus, naturism on the Adriatic, and the football scandal that's outraged the nation.
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  • Ireland (15 July 1999)
    Presenter Rosie Goldsmith examines how Irish society is changing, as the spiritual values of the Lamb of God clash with the economic boom of the Celtic Tiger. Plus, a look at Dublin's choking traffic - and enduring tradition of horse markets.
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  • Corsica (1 July 1999)
    Presenter Rhod Sharp delves into the murky tale of plots, arson and official cover-ups on France's "impossible island". Also: how to get rid of the evil eye, and the unique sound of Corsican polyphonic singing.
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  • Estonia (8 April 1999)
    Julian Pettifer reports from Estonia on an innovative attempt to integrate youngsters from Russian-speaking families into Estonian society, concerns for the country's forests, and the rich heritage of choral music.
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  • Feature: Fostering a better understanding


    Strasbourg (1 April 1999)
    Emily Buchanan examines how Strasbourg is tackling a culture of youth violence. Is the much-admired French education system now outdated? Plus, reports on the city's construction boom and its heritage of fine drinking.
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  • Feature: Taming France's "little savages"


    Belgium (11 March 1999)
    Caroline Wyatt explores some new sides of Belgium - from its market in exploited African football players to its thriving fashion industry. Plus a talk by Belgian author Luc Sante.
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  • Feature: Belgium's football 'slave trade'
  • Feature: Belgian fashion cuts a dash

  • Sicily (10 December 1998)
    Meriel Beattie reports from Palermo on a scandal of child labour: inside the EU, children as young as twelve are working full-time. Plus, a sideways look at the Mafia on film.
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  • Top feature: Heavy loads on narrow shoulders


    Siberia (26 November 1998)
    James Proctor reports from Siberia on the remorseless decay of the 'science towns' - once jewels in the crown of Soviet achievement, now museums of economic decline.
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  • Top feature: Angst in Akademgorodok


    Macedonia and Albania (19 November 1998)
    Joanna Robertson reports from one of the most highly-strung regions of the Balkans: the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, and its porous border with Albania.
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  • Top feature: The delicate balance of power


    Iceland (6 August 1998)
    Producer Lucy Ash reports on how this fiercely insular nation is also giving new hope to refugees from ex-Yugoslavia. Plus, we find out why Icelanders are so keen on the Web.
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  • Top feature: Refugees adjust to a new home in Iceland.


    Barcelona (16 July 1998)
    Meriel Beattie reports from one of Europe's most vibrant cities, on the rebirth of its Jewish identity, the Spanish obsession with gossip, and the phenomenon of the human castle.
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