In France, voting machines will be used for the first time for a presidential vote

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If Europeans could vote in the French presidential elections - who would they be backing?

In France, voting machines will be used for the first time for a presidential voteIn France voters will hit the polls this Sunday and the large majority of the electorate is still undecided on who to support. However France's neighbours have been closely following the French election campaign and it seems that Ségolène Royal is their preferred president. Twice as many would prefer the French socialist presidential candidate, compared to her conservative rival Nicolas Sarkozy. That’s the results of a Harris Interactive survey for the Financial Times newspaper canvasing opinions in Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain. Admittedly that’s only four out of twenty seven European member states, and it’s just an opinion poll. Radio France Internationale's Nick Champeaux sounded out the opinions of European correspondents in the French capital. >>>

Sebastiaan Gottlieb

Is Serbia ready to chair the Council of Europe?

A Kosovo Albanian walks beneath roses hanging from the ceiling in an exhibition about missing peopleSerbia has a golden opportunity to boost its international image when it assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe next month. But Serbia's critics say the country isn't fit to lead Europe's foremost human rights body - certainly not without extraditing the indicted General Ratko Mladic. War crimes prosecutors in The Hague have criticized Belgrade for not cooperating in the hunt for Mladic, and the issue has long soured relations with the European Union. The Dutch lawyer Phon van der Biesen told Radio Netherland's Sebastiaan Gottlieb why Serbia shouldn't chair the Council of Europe. >>>

Azariah Kiros

Helping artists around the world to safeguard their interests

Logo of The Federation of International Artists and ActorsGlobalization is often used as a cover-all word for what's wrong about the modern world. But as societies become more closely knit together - it's easier to work out if life is really greener - or grayer on the other side. The Federation of International Artists and Actors had one such look at conditions around the world and found that people working in the arts - usually considered to be an attractive industry - have to put up with miserable conditions and outright exploitation in many countries. As Radio Sweden's Azariah Kiros reports, the Federation is now working to help organize artists around the world - and to safeguard their interests. >>>

The Counterfeiter

Wartime portrait of Adolf BurgerA new German film examines a little-known but fascinating episode in the Second World War. The Nazis had the amazing idea of causing the collapse of the American and British economies – by flooding them with counterfeit banknotes. The Jewish printers who made the fake money survived the Holocaust. Adolf Burger was one of them. Radio Prague’s Ian Willoughby has his incredible story. >>>

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