After last month’s failed bomb attacks on two German trains, German police identified both men with the help of video footage from closed ciruit TV cameras, or CCTV. The two men were caught on video cameras dragging their suitcases containing the bombs through Cologne's central station. The release of the images has prompted a flurry of calls by German politicians for increased video surveillance. For one, Deutsche Bahn, the German railway operator, has announced that it will significantly beef up video surveillance in many of Germany’s train stations.
The war crimes trial of seven Serb military officers over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre resumed this week. The UN’s chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte reopened the trial in the Hague with fresh condemnation of Serbia for failing to arrest several top suspects, including Ratko Mladic. The International Criminal Court has charged Mladic – a Bosnian-Serb military commander during the 1992-95 war in the Balkans – with genocide for his role in the Srebrenica massacre in which some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were summarily executed by Bosnian Serb troops.
The opening of Romanian secret police archives for the first time since the fall of communism in 1989 has rocked the country. The documents of the Securitate contain a portrait of a paranoid state where friends, families and even lovers spied on each other. And it seems that many of the current politicians were Securitate collaborators.
A United Nations committee is looking into claims of enforced sterilisation of Romany women in a number of former communist states, including the Czech Republic. The practice is said to have started in the communist days as a means of "regulating" the Romany population. Human rights activists fear that the practice did not end with the fall of communism.
The Swedish media have been in a frenzy over a cocaine scandal involving some of the country’s top former athletes. The European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg earlier this month was Sweden’s most successful championships since World War II. That is if you ignore the fact that two former athletes were caught in a drug bust at a party during the championships. Now police are warning that cocaine is no longer just a party drug and that the number of seizures in Sweden is going up.
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone goes on holiday in Europe in the summertime. While most Europeans are lazing on the beach, many theatre directors, performers, and festival organisers from across the continent are getting together to share ideas. This cross-cultural collaboration is fostering new artists, creating new works and reinvigorating the ancient art of the theatre.
Ukraine celebrates 15 years of independence this month. But although the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, many consider the Orange Revolution in 2004 as the real break with its Soviet heritage. This wild lady supported the revolutionists with her music. Prior to the Orange Revolution she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. What is her name? You can email us your answer. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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