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and the printer going on and clerics magician. don't miss this story such a should johnson takes you along on a thrilling and then shillings a. week you can discover all you stand looking to. tell your story on instagram. oh and welcome to focus on europe with me peter craven and countries across europe facing the shall enjoy france respond to racism and xenophobia as well as to the threat posed by the far right in germany is certainly no exception as it was clear recently in the eastern city of candidates the mood turned ugly in the center of the city there were reports of people who looked like foreigners being chased down
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by the mob following the murder of a thirty five year old german man two suspects one syrian and one iraqi were taken into custody while hundreds of supporters of far right groups were boarded through the streets so what is the best way to stand up to the aggression and the violence posed by the far right well let's go further north to the small village of yarm or in the state of mecklenburg for palm and sometimes described as a neo nazi village and there will be birket you know my aunt and her husband holst a brave couple who say they won't back down despite serious and repeated threats to their safety. check it out this is not just a rock festival it's actually a protest every summer do you get lonely or and your husband organize concerts in their garden in the german village of jama. twelve years ago when they held their first concert the law mayors wanted to take a stand against neo now. which in their case they say means almost all of their
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neighbors might get a welcome home here. at least ninety percent of the people living in this village are nazis besides cost and to me there's one other couple who say they're politically neutral although we're not really sure how neutral you can be with something like this the father in disguise they broke off contact to us they're so hostile i are completely alone here and no one speaks to us and with the nazis bully and taunt us and have committed crimes against us after. first there were dung heaps left by the front door then their barn was set on fire three years ago. an artist friend used the ashes to make a sort of morial there represents what nazis in the village are capable of. because . we've become very vigilant in the past years especially after the arson attack.
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we've installed security systems to the it's a very difficult situation really with that there's a constant sense of danger to the world for twelve from comment on. their barn that burned down was just a few meters from their home. if the other end of the village it's clear who's turf this is the flag of the former german rush is displayed in plain sight. a mural depicts the residence vision of a german arion family oh well. a signpost indicates the way to our of hitler's birthplace. and then there is this license plate. eighty eight is neo nazi code for heil hitler. these are just some of the nazi symbols in the village. and he is the unofficial boss here spend trigger his criminal record includes illegal possession of weapons and assault. not a leader who was
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a dear leftist and we're not me and we have to listen to you nazis out the whole evening with my own garden fence i was told to get out because i'm a nazi so that also i said i live here and you don't like to do it they play music against us while we have a nice day barbecuing together when he will probably do this every year now against the left wingers bush when he was given. police are often present in yama so that they can intervene swiftly in case of conflict. treason is to list off people this village is home to right wing nationalists who opposed the german constitution and our basic democratic order so of course we keep a close eye on them of nature every event that takes place here in yama whether it's summer solstice or another celebration we always make sure to be present in just a season to start competing with night. at the festival across the village
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a surprise star guest has just arrived singer have been going to my own. guns cause of us we don't want germany to shift toward the far right we don't want racism but we want solidarity. and we also want to show the low meyer's that they're not along the line we want to support them in the face of antagonism and threats because it's the one i think that's really important in the current climate with all the uncertainty are signs and we need to draw strength from each other and be clear about what we want and what we don't want a lot of terms of that so we know let's have one of those with. him. the crowd in yemen is thrilled you're here to support the message we're getting forced tolerance and democracy.
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tolerance and democracy that's the message but it's worth remembering that the far right scene here in germany is estimated to number twenty five thousand people half of whom are apparently ready and willing to resort to violence and as we've seen in recent days they are increasingly well organized. no friends has in recent years been in a permanent state of alarm much of the anxiety due to the constant threat posed by islamist terror the result the security forces are massively overstretched both operationally and just as important emotionally so what impact does it all have on ordinary coke some guys like max in green earth join the full simply to catch the us as we find out now there's much more to the job than that and it takes him to some very sensitive locations. the palace of that side is one of france's most famous landmarks and they're full so
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a potential terrorist target. police officer maxine or no knows the tourist standing here on the street who have yet to pass through the strict security are especially vulnerable. that's why he and his fellow police officers need to be especially vigilant in the past terrorists scouted out the targets of their attacks and in fun. we want to feed themselves medical pot we keep an eye out for people who are behaving suspiciously and i could pose a security risk for instance those who just sit around and take notes or photos possible or people who shoot photos from inside a car and keep on driving around in our doctor because of the products we spare we try to count those kinds of people right away right there when you visit of on just off the grid but it can put it off in france as police have been on constant alert since twenty fifteen when a series of brutal terror attacks by islamic extremists shocks the nation more than two hundred forty people have died in such attacks since twenty fifteen. the french
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police are to prevent such attacks from happening any time anywhere so officers have put in some twenty two million dollars of overtime in recent years almost first and foremost we're here to protect the symbols of friends and i reckon i've got a day after. a is pretty tough move them all you have to see how you can deal with them or they come and i think are you long before there is an attack then we're not allowed to think of our so. there you have to ensure the security of others who want to come in your ear is secure within a maximum the governor should a terrorist attack a coma or nerve and his colleagues a no longer supposed to wait for any of each unit which in the past often arrive too late the officers are to take action themselves and potentially stop a massacre. there to receive special training as well as bullet proof vests and more powerful weapons but many feel overwhelmed and frightened as in recent years
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the police themselves have become a terrorist target. on june the thirteenth twenty sixteen just west of paris an islamic terrorist killed a police officer and his partner a police record tree in front of the couple's three year old son that shocks their colleagues across from. this is who could do pretty the park now say there's a real psychosis amongst police officers because we're professionals so. we officers know the repeat people who won't hesitate to identify as and our families before trackers down and go after us. the lack of free time the hostility they face and the fear of terrorism proved to be too much for many last year more than sixty police officers took their own lives they often killed themselves at their workplace. a member of the french senate has examined the incident some sounded the alarm he says many officers feel the state has let them down.
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yet. a cultural revolution needs to take place in the management of the national police there needs to be more investment to buy new of vehicles a renovate buildings to bring them up to standards it's simply a matter of safety when it comes to the vehicles that's the minimum demanded of every other administration. but maxime are no thinks that will solve all the problems the terrorist threat remains it may not be visible but it's there by the end of twenty nineteen around forty dangerous jihadists who have served their sentences will be released from french jails so for officers like her nerve the fight against terror will continue. it's hardly the job he signed up for when you become a policeman because you enjoyed playing cops and robbers and you're like a little action. but for now i go home and thinking how happy i am like nothing
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happened. even if the terrorist threat has changed his work entirely. plans to continue keeping law and order in france. now what's it like living in a country where the ruling party bears many of the traits of a criminal gang well that's how bad things are in rumania as a result there have been repeated launch scale protests for more democracy but the police have responded brutally and the controversial head of remaining is ruling social democrats liviu dragnet has dismissed the protest as a failed coup but to drug not himself already has a criminal record and could face further charges to find out why we go to the south of the country and the island of ben lena on the river danube. telamon county on romania's southern border not too long ago fifty six year old
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nico harshest yano was taking his boat out on this branch of the danube to go fishing like the others. but now he says he's no longer allowed to. land and i'm still just been fishing was the only livelihood i had and i'm furious. with that. by a lot of blame a spans three hundred forty seven heck tears and is closely guarded. at one time it was owned by the state but believe that he is now in the hands of romania's scandal ridden construction company tell drome said to have leased bill enough for just fifteen hundred euros a month people say that this was initiated by romania's most powerful politician liviu drug leader of the governing social democratic party he sometimes comes to believe where he has all the space he needs for his hobby without being disturbed
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by local fisherman. he point out nobody in romania ever used to get an island. but it's happened here and we fishermen have to clear out. in the capital booker s. drug now has yet another court date on the way he's bombarded with questions. if you're not involved with tell droom why are you worried and why don't you admit told rome is run by your clan. investigative journalist carmen duma tresco as one of the bravest residents of tower mind drug miss home county she was one of the first to take a close look at drug miss wheelings and dealings with tel droom. attorney with the thought that she had on when after i'd thrown something out cars from jail droom would follow me they kept trying to intimidate me. in sticking threatening letters on my door. she lives in alexandria where drug now has his
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lavish estate built by tel drove around him drachmas neighbors live in abject poverty most of them have to live on pensions of fifty euros a month. the air is rancid in the prefab tenement blocks. comment about trust who reports on the inhuman conditions and tries to figure out why people here voted for drugs in the first place. to. bring them in the last little one time the whole building had no power there wasn't any light. drug no was the only one who came to us and got the electricity back on . he brought food for us to leave you drug drove straight over here personally in his car. one floor up an impoverished neighbor is too ashamed to show her face. she tells us that they will have to move away but they don't know where to go
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. or what something has to happen here soon this prefab block is actually not fit for habitation it should be torn down it's in danger of collapse and i think that it will. it's not an isolated case romania is the use second poorest member incompetent officials negligence and corruption are rampant. a few weeks ago the government pushed through measures that favor corrupt politicians especially those with criminal records like drug know. a good one hundred thousand people decided that they weren't going to take it anymore august tenth their peaceful protest was broken up by tear gas fired by security team. it was one of the most violent police incidents in romania since the socialists were ousted in one nine hundred eighty nine. this man was one of over four hundred fifty people who were injured the public prosecutor's investigating duma tresco was at the protest and narrowly escaped tear gas grenades. but any normal country would have already had
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resignations but that doesn't happen here when it when you nobody takes political responsibility no i've lost hope that anyone ever will on the contrary if nothing happens i think romania is government could turn even more authoritarian that is morally the government is trying to make the protests look more like malicious attempted coups carmen duma trust who can hardly believe that they'd even try such a tactic now she's more determined than ever to publish her critical reports from drug in his home district. back on bill ina the now unemployed fisherman nico barr says john doe is heading home. he lives alone his wife and children have left telamon county and their own likely to return they sent him money to live on. but it all i
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regret i have a voted for a doctor and his p.t.s.d. policy and i'm going to do it again and many people in tell him out drag my name on the. one ray of hope left to him is that the protests will continue and lead to change in romania. then someday he may be able to go fishing in his old territory and make a living again now in a very different though just imagine that a painting has been hanging in your parents' house for many years you've known it since your childhood and then by chance you discover that the work of art was looted by your grandfather when he served in the german army during the second world war keep ation of poland now that is precisely what happened to all rich gower and he wasn't his only discovery. more soul capital of poland in nine hundred forty and today. the invading german verma
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left a picture of destruction. only callous grandfather just took these photos. it really is an odd feeling to walk along here knows you know because i know that he once walked here on london all families have left town and i'll go scot took the photos off of the german valley into poland at the start of world war two rick found some fourteen hundred photos like these now historical artifacts he largely know i'm sure on the mind they were stored in a closet about nobody looked at them like with my grandfather and also written lots of letters back home and i found them and read them reason some things are very personal but he also wrote about the advancing forces. he then saw a photo of this potiche painting that hung in his family how it went on a good time given the sweetest my first thought was that we ought to give this
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picture back to its own people so hard wrote the polish embassy in germany and told them what i had found for me at. the end show because of these photos show the beginning of the german occupation of poland. because we they show what daily life was like for the troops there but this keeps about the it's the first time that anybody from germany has come to us with materials like this that came up that he had on me. in the photos was an old film real of general blast of it's his headquarters in spa central poland some of it was clearly films by august koua it shows the soldiers' lives in wind. them up as usual so i may get on to one religious issue you start thinking about it. and wondering how much your own grandfather might have been involved in it. well student. all phenomena but from all the images and the many letters he does and i can tell that he probably
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didn't take part in the really bad operation. but he does appear to have started and then oil painting now it's being returned to novi sones and southern poland it was painted by local office front she schechner atsic over seventy is off it was looted in the wall it's back where it belongs is the news the guest it's an extraordinary gesture of humanity and to tell to build a bridge between our cultures which are so most closely tied. for centuries the culture has flowed through brought us together. these experiences of war awaken the demon of lives and this is a very just are toward reconciliation but just. because of the just would not be known and was especially hard hit by wall time plundering thousands of on with an estimated value of a ten billion euros still missing which should be returned to poland the regional
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museum also suffered losses but i'm sure some good out i believe these objects are in private hands but even so we need a dialogue with the cultural institutions that are under the authority of the german government of. returning looted off it is an essential part of reconciliation and recovering from pos tragedies from diana but which will i hope that more people will have the same idea and say it's high time that we came back these are self what it took to keep. order to go and his wife hoping to set an example of those can follow. well they may be older they might be gray but they're also wise passionate and angry they are austria's grannies against the rights and that is precisely their concern that their country is drifting far too far to the right and becoming intolerant and xenophobia the place where these fearless fighters for austria's future gather is
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vienna's central mariya terrorising and plots. which of. these are their trademark hand knitted hats that they wear come rain or shine. their so-called granny rave on vienna's central square is already legendary. be kept that's when the chore ladies who've decided not to sit around at home waiting for death would getting involved in shaping this country but see you know it's oh oh oh oh oh established in nov twenty seventeen the grannies against the right were spurred into political action after the far right party f.p.o. join the coalition government they have a special song about chancellor sebastian courts in which they caricature him as a big bad wolf oh. there was no frost so i let this our stars cloud sticky root deuced barlow so you believe your own side no.
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need. o.r.'s oh our souls well this god says here that that's too much don't eat our stuff. sixty six year old barbara borean was one of their first members. she says being older has its advantages. or must have annoyed grandmas have the time and space to get well organized and use our creative resources. so we can go out in public and hit the streets loud and proud. off to play. together with the others bourrienne hopes to counteract the political shift toward the right regarding refugee policy she doesn't think a small country like austria should be moving toward a future that's isolated and fenced off the grammys are highly critical of the f.p.o. . mentioned five didn't pay scornful towards people because they divide
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society and treat farming as a scapegoat to distract from national problems. we've seen this before and it's fear mongering shruti eyeing. officially the f.p.o. has not responded to the protesters. but on chat forums party supporters have called the women brainless hags and a band of fools. a view that contrasts starkly with how many young austrians feel about the grannies. says and i don't think they're older but they're fighting the far right and i told them i know a lot of elderly people who take a different approach to business so it's great to have the support of these older ladies and is not i'll be soon you saw to solve this thing for you this imo they have a modern political mindset they're informed they see what's happening in austria and what's going wrong and they're fighting as best they can answer came from the pentagon. burden was a pediatrician in africa and central america and worked as
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a psychologist with were survivors she has children and grandchildren and wants the best for their futures. she believes it's the language used by the far right that's also damaging political dialogue in austria he says of what tuesday say empty words for them opposed and very emotional. that's the big danger. it's not a healthy debate anymore it paints everything in black and white on the suits and politics is just all about the issue of refugees taking the supported to meet the freak needs for. the grannies against the right seem to have struck a chord women across austria are using instagram and facebook to organize regular events and the grannies are telling their opponents to watch out. i. and that's all from focus on europe this time around if you'd like to see i mean of our reports again just go to our home page of d.w.
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