'Scream' by Edward Munch

Network Europe

European everyday fears and concerns

'Scream' by Edward MunchAccording to the internet's fast growing encyclopedic phenomenon Wikipedia, fear is a basic emotional sensation and response system initiated by an aversion to some perceived risk or threat. That's rather academic so we decided to do the footwork and and asked Europeans about what they fear the most... >>>

Carol Allen


Are you affraid of something?Not sure I have any real phobias, though being a city girl, I'm not keen on total darkness. I prefer to see a bit of light peeping through my curtains and the total darkness of the countryside at night makes me twitchy or a bit of a nyctophobic. I'm also not over-enamoured of earwigs and slugs - but there's no word for that. I once had a boyfriend who was fiercely arachnophobic. First sign of a spider or even a daddy long legs in our living room and he was up the stairs and hiding with the neighbours, while I was picking the little blighter up and dropping it in the back garden. We did however make the perfect phobic couple on a camping trip once. I picked up a tea towel inside our tent, found it crawling with earwigs, screamed, he took the offending tea towel outside and shook it clear of its visitors. He then went back into the tent, found a spider in residence, yelled, I picked it up in cupped hands and deposited it outside. As it was a damp night, there were several of these little incidents in the next half hour. >>>

Why Business and fear don’t mix

Sometimes, having a crystal sphere to foresee the future, would be handyFear is now a market, and protecting a frightened corporate sector is a profit making activity. Companies are afraid of the unknown, that’s why they increasingly resort to risk assessment agencies. These are in charge of imagining worse case scenarios, they provide operational assistance and crisis management when a major incident emerges. They have hundreds of specialists all over the world, to collect information on the ground. Their staff often includes former members of intelligence services, in other words former spies. >>>

The fear of poverty lingers

Some elderly in Romania are forced to begRomanians are not really afraid of international terrorism, they haven’t too many phobias, and they don’t fear immigration yet. Their fears are more of an economic nature. >>>

Juan Navas

Sweden's most haunted castle: Häringe

The Häringe castleOne automatic response from people about what they fear is often ghosts. And what is Europe without its haunted castles? Now while we at Network Europe aren't setting out to prove or disprove the existence of the supernatural, this being the festival of halloween in many parts of the world, we thought it might be a good idea to indulge the idea and so sent two of our reporters to spend the night at what is considered to be Sweden's most haunted castle just outside the Stockholm. >>>

The winner of the October Quiz

Network Europe QuizAt the beginning of October we asked you to write in with the name of the Islamic Calander. The correct answer was of course - the HIJRI. We made a draw from all the correct answers - and our winner is Behzad Payadeh of Tehran, Iran - congratulations! >>>

What's making the headlines in the European capital? And what's going on behind the scenes? Our EU insider looks back at the week's developments - click here for the latest edition of Brussels Briefing. Open Brussels Briefing
Latest Programme
The Programme About Us
Programme Archive RSS and Podcasting
Contact Us
Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle Polish Radio External Service Polish Radio External Service Radio Bulgaria Radio Bulgaria Radio France International Radio France International Radio Netherlands Radio Netherlands Worldwide Radio Prague Radio Prague Radio Romania International Radio Romania International Radio Slovakia International Radio Slovakia International Radio Slovenia International Radio Slovenia International Radio Sweden Radio Sweden