Oil-refining plant located in Belarus's town of Mozyr

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Nina Maria Potts

EU unveils ambitious energy plans, as new standoff with Russia highlights Europe's dependence on Moscow

Oil-refining plant located in Belarus's town of MozyrThe European Commission has unveiled an ambitious energy package, in a bid to combat climate change and reduce Europe's dependency on foreign energy sources. The move came just days after Russia turned off the taps on a key pipeline, running through Belarus to the Czech republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Moscow finally resumed oil supplies to Europe on Wednesday, but this new standoff with Russia's President Vladimir Poutin, highlights once more the urgent need for Europe to diversify its energy resources. reports from Brussels. >>>

Michal Kubicki

Poland's archbishop resigns

Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus who stepped down on January 7, 2007The resignation of the newly appointed archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, two days after he admitted that he'd collaborated with the communist secret services and only hours before his formal investiture ceremony, is surely one of the most important events in the history of the Polish Church. How serious is the crisis in the Church and what are the chances for healing the wounds? Michal Kubicki reports. >>>

Sarah Elzas

Victims of the 1999 "beach disaster" turn to French courts to trial their Congolese torturers

CongoCongolese victims can now take their Congolese torturers to court in France. This week the French Supreme Court overturned a stay on the case of the "disappeared of the Beach". In 1999, 350 refugees returning home to Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo, were taken away by public authorities and "disappeared". Families of the victims, along with two survivors, started proceedings in French courts against some of the Congolese officials involved. The French Supreme Court's decision to allow the investigation to continue, affirms the concept of Universal jurisdiction. This means that for crimes involving torture, individuals can file a case in a foreign country for crimes committed abroad. >>>

Be prepared to put your car in a test, if you're looking for the proverbial, untainted hospitality in Romania

Carpathian MountainsThese days you have to be prepared to torture your car on Romania's countryside dirt roads, if you're looking for the proverbial, untainted Romanian hospitality. Radio Romania International's Iulian Muresan made that sacrifice for Network Europe. And he filed this report from somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains, in central Romania. >>>

Juan Navas

2007 marks a very special anniversary in Sweden

Carl Von Linne2007 marks a very special anniversary here in Sweden. And it's an event that the country will be celebrating on many levels, both here and abroad. Radio Sweden's Juan Navas filed this story. >>>

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