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What drives people in Europe? How do Europeans lead their lives? What are their views, hopes and fears? Fokus Europa provides the answers: up close, exciting and balanced.

What drives people in Europe? How do Europeans lead their lives? What are their views, hopes and fears? Fokus Europa provides the answers: up close, exciting and balanced.


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DW Germany


What drives people in Europe? How do Europeans lead their lives? What are their views, hopes and fears? Fokus Europa provides the answers: up close, exciting and balanced.




Iranian refugee in Germany becomes a train operator

Sonia Alaghehband is fulfilling her dream after fleeing from Iran and has become a train operator. Germany lacks such skilled workers.

Spain: Orcas attack

Orcas are frightening sailors and wreaking havoc off the coast of Spain. The killer whales are attacking boats with increasing frequency. Authorities have recorded hundreds of such attacks over the last two years.

Seahorses under threat in Portugal

Aggressive fishing is threatening seahorses on Portugal’s coasts. Trawl nets are damaging the seagrass, which is their natural habitat.

Italy’s far right gets into formation

The "Fratelli d'Italia" political party has neo-fascist roots and its leader, Georgia Meloni, could become the country’s next prime minister.

Locusts plague Sardinia

Higher temperatures lead to huge swarms of locusts. For the inhabitants of the Italian island of Sardinia, this is a disaster. They don't have many options to fight back.

A village in Finland divided over Putin's war

Vladimir Putin's war against Ukraine has created a rift among the residents in the Finnish village of Vartsila. For some, Putin is a war criminal, while others have a completely different take on what's happening in Ukraine.

Britain: The gentlemen tailors of Savile Row

Britain's well-dressed business community has new taste for color and style since the end of COVID lockdowns. That's good news for custom-tailored suits – and bad news for home-office sweatpants.

Czech Republic: Roma children and futsal

A sports club is motivating children from poor backgrounds and offering them a fresh perspective. The coaches hope to help the young players break the cycle of unemployment, poverty, and addiction.

Russia: Blacklists for artists

In Russia, artists who speak out against the invasion of Ukraine are being blacklisted. A State Duma commission formed to investigate "anti-Russian cultural activities" is targeting artists, musicians and other prominent figures in the cultural sphere.

German farmers plant new crops against drought

In Germany, farmers are struggling with the impact of heatwaves and drought. Jonas Schulze Niehoff in eastern Germany is no exception. Alongside the traditional grains and potatoes, he's now testing out drought-resistant quinoa and chickpeas.

Russia targets Ukrainian hospitals

Ukraine is accusing Russia of targeting health facilities and hospitals. Under the Geneva Conventions, that's a war crime. Ukrainians have meticulously documented 180 such attacks and are seeking to indict Russia.

Germany and the drought

The Rhine is dwindling down to a trickle, devastating Germany's environment and economy. Large parts of the country have seen hardly any rain this summer. Germany's longest river has less water than ever before.

Italy: Wheat or solar power?

The number of solar panels and wind farms in Sicily have led to a shortage of land for wheat farming. The problem has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Divided society in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, Protestants remain loyal to the United Kingdom, while many Catholics favor a united Ireland. The sectarian divide is growing, as uncertainty about a hard border with the Republic of Ireland continues.

Ukrainians find new home in Spain's 'Little Odesa'

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, nearly 100 refugees have settled in the Spanish town of Carino. Now some of them hope to expand an online business they started before the war broke out.

Ukraine: Escape from Russian-occupied Kherson

Russia has threatened to annex occupied areas in the south of Ukraine. The Ukrainian army has now launched a counter-offensive with the help of Western long-range weapons. Much of the local population has already fled.

Spain/Morocco: Migrants die at Europe's external borders

More migrants have died at the Moroccan-Spanish border this year than ever before. Human rights activists are calling the Moroccan border guards criminals.

Germany: Queer Catholics struggle with church

Germany's queer community is demanding that the Catholic Church accept their sexual identities. More than 100 members, including pastors, friars, and nuns have come out recently.


More gas from the Netherlands — despite the risk of earthquakes?

Europe desperately needs gas and the Dutch government is considering raising outputs at its large Groningen gas field. But the extraction has caused multiple earthquakes and local people's houses are at risk of collapsing.

Denmark: The state and its forced adoptions

Danish mothers are fleeing to Germany out of fear that the state will remove their children. Denmark says the tough crackdown is for the good of the child.