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Political Tension in Romania

Traian Basescu driving drunkThe Romanian political scene is very tense... With EU membership in its pocket and with pressure from Brussels subsiding, Romania is at a critical moment. The good steps taken so far in giving independence to the judiciary and combating corruption are no longer popular measures among the majority of Romania's politicians. Iulian Muresan reports. >>>

Charles Maynes

Draft dodging, Russian style

Russian Conscripts in MoscowIt's a fact of life... and death. Service in the military always carries the risk of dying in battle. But recruits in the Russian army face an additional risk. They stand a chance of dying at the hands of older conscripts. Abusive treatment of army recruits in Russia is widespread - with hazing blamed for hundreds of suicides and... thousands of desertions each year. From Moscow, Charles Maynes offers this look at draft dodging Russian style. >>>

Joanna Najfeld

Polish Military Intelligence Involved in Illegal Activities

Badge of the the comunist military counter-intelligence service (WSW), which transformed into militaPolish military intelligence disbanded last year was involved in illegal activities and exerted illegitimate influence on Polish public life after the fall of communism, according to a just published government report. Polish Radio's Joanna Najfeld reports. >>>

Sarah Elzas

Poll Frenzy in French Press

Presidental Election - "Sarko", "Sego" or "Le Pen"The French presidential elections are two months away, but newspapers and magazines are already trying to say who will win…. Opinion polls abound- almost one a day, pitting the front runners, Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royale against others who are not even on the ballot yet. The official list of candidates won't be firmed up until the end of March. Sarah Elzas looks at the phenomenon of opinion polls that appear constantly on the front pages of French newspapers and magazines. >>>

Tom McAlinden

Estonian-Swedes Embrace Cultural Autonomy Rights

Swedish and Estonian flagIt may be fairly well-known that the Swedish language thrives in neighbouring country, Finland, where more than 5 per cent of the population speaks it as their mother tongue. But while they are really only a "linguistic" minority, efforts are being stepped up to recognise people with a Swedish background in another nearby nation....Estonia. It too has a long common history with Sweden, and now a Cultural Council's been set up there to make full use of the "Estonian-Swedes" cultural autonomy rights. Tom McAlinden has more... >>>

Dita Asiedu

15 Years of the Internet in the Czech Republic

The internet is such a huge part of our lives it's hard to imagine a time before it existed. But it is of course a relatively new phenomenon. In Prague this month they are marking the 15th anniversary of the day the Czechs officially hooked up to the net - few would have imagined in 1992 just how big a step they were taking. The man who connected the then Czechoslovakia to the web was Jan Gruntorad. He spoke to Radio Prague's Dita Asiedu. >>>

February Quiz Answer and Winners

We asked you "What is the name of the festival held in Italy for couples in conjunction with St. Valentine's Day?" Do you want to know the right answer and whether you won ? >>>

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