More than three years after the closure of the Red Cross camp in Sangatte, northern France, NGOs are blowing the whistle. They are concerned about the humanitarian situation of asylum seekers, as there are still around five hundred migrants roaming in the nearby city of Calais. Tougher asylum laws in Britain have failed to act as a deterrent, as migrants are still making daily attempts to sneak into ferries crossing the channel. The issue of illegal immigration was one of the focal points of this week's European council summit in Brussels. Radio France International investigates.
Citizens from new EU member states are able to enter the UK through the front door, as the country has a free labour market for EU citizens. According to the Home Office around 250 000 Poles are employed in the UK. Up to two million Poles may have settled in EU countries since Poland joined the Union in 2004. But emigration on this scale may in the long term have dramatic consequences for Poland, which has an ageing population. More from Radio Polonia.
Europe's Roma community suffer arguably even worse discrimination than immigrants do. Journalism is frequently responsible for blackening the name of this minority, who often live on the fringes of mainstream society. But it can equally be used to inform, as prejudice is often born simply out of ignorance. Radio Sweden reports on a meeting of Romani journalists from accross Europe that took place in Stockhom recently, and found out about the special difficulties faced by reporters from this community.
There is so much picturesque mythology surrounding the Roma - or gypsy - people, that cinema seems to find it hard to treat the theme without being seduced into showing singing and dancing round the camp fire.... even when the director is "one of them" - like Tony Gatlif, who was born to Algerian and Spanish-gypsy parents. "Transylvania", which is Gatliff's second film centered on the Romanian Roma, was the closing piece at this year's Cannes film festival. Radio Romania International reports from the city of Cluj on the "Transylvania International Film Festival" where, naturally, Gatliffs new film featured prominently.
The world's biggest football event in the world is taking place in Germany at the moment. Inevitably, big business makes the most of an event of this kind. But the World Cup's commercialisation has reached epic proportions. Emirate airlines, McDonalds, Mastercard, and all the other brands crowd in to try and profit from the feel-good factor that surrounds the championships. Phenomena such as VIP areas, the World Cup lottery, and the privileges of sponsors have created a gap that leaves the 'poor' fan on the outside, looking in. German investigators are currently investigating one sponsor - the EnBW energy group - which stands accused of giving match tickets to politicians and government employees. Deutsche Welle reports.
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