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germany. is first why not. it's simply on the mind of. the music you're learning course. hello and welcome to focus on europe i'm michel henery here on the continent as spring and tears into full bloom it seems the french spirit for striking does as well the french national rail service is the focus of president and they're going back ron's proposed next reform he wants to cut their pay and reduce their benefits but their real unions are threatening to put the brakes on his plans he did after
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all come storming into power last year on the back of promises to modernize france's flagging economy but now with the railways facing months of industrial action with trash collectors civil servants and even students joining in mccrone must prove that they can stand up to the powerful unions who run much of the country's public services our reporter met with one of the train drivers on strike in paris at the gaggle yawn who says he has no intention of backing down. in fighting spirit train driver if the gear and his colleagues have assembled outside the station on a normal work day he transports thousands of passengers to and from paris and its suburbs today his train is parked at the godly on a good year and his coworkers want to stop president mccall's plans to reform the
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state owned railway with their strike they're voicing their opposition loud and clear who owns their station. the responses we own this station. the rail workers union is well organized members appear ready to do whatever it takes to defend their employment rights like storming the hallway of company management. so the director can't say he didn't hear them at minus insert don't go into the store could sit by you well workers are still willing to fight for our rights when you are going to sit around without coffee cups and complain before i'm proud to be a member of this profession. for decades french rail workers have enjoyed generous privileges with jobs for life guarantees automatic pay rises early retirement even free train travel for relatives in an interview mccall said he
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would dismantle these privileges for new recruits to help overhaul the debt ridden railway did your studies opponent carefully the interviews backdrop is a school mccaw staging himself as a man of the people he's already pushed through labor market reforms that way and has more up his sleeve did you know is my close fight against real workers is a decisive battle losing it would be a setback for his reform agenda he needs to get the french public on his side as. passengers suffer from the strike they have short nights strikes can even pose an existential threat to businesses we have to explain our intentions and i want to be clear we must carry it through we must make this reform. did you feel betrayed by the president it is if the president says the government won't close smaller regional lines he's lineback you want the small lines are slated to be financed by
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regional governments they don't have the money you're not buying what you often also here there is us human. opinion is divided among those who have now been waiting hours for their train some are afraid of mccall's reform plans and others support it is great i've just returned from shanghai and what do i find chaos yet again crown needs to stand his ground this country desperately needs reform this year ok i'm on the real worker side i work in a hospital if they take away the few privileges we have working in the public sector will soon no longer be worth our while. mccaw is trying to pit other sectors against the rail workers did you think that's unfair . that's false the my cool sixty one asshole has managed to make people who earn fourteen hundred euros think those who earn fifteen hundred a rich will have pleaded meanwhile he scrapped the well's tax and the forty
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billionaires living in france a laughing all the way to the bank. but we have. that because mccall has refused to budge their gear is seeking to join forces with students. they too are protesting the president's reform agenda and dream of a general strike to destroy most workers are part of nation they have a revolutionary tradition so we need to support them what is it like back in may nine hundred sixty eight when workers and students waged a joint struggle it was only after the weeks long general strike that the government backed down. on this menace program the wall a tradition. but that was long ago and today calls for a general strike largely fall on deaf ears says sociologist. you know we don't know if the strike is feel there in the minority they could take radical action but that would quickly turn public opinion against them citizen they wouldn't be able to
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maintain their walk out that have to give up and then pull off the feat of single handedly pushing through this rough. without union involvement for the favorite part of your. film. the eight year is seeking to avoid that at all costs and is urging his colleagues to stand their ground me. we all have to keep up the pressure otherwise it'll be too late to stop the reform . savion intends to stay off work for him the strike is the only way to keep france's railway on track to a secure future. it takes place in may but it's already being touted as the wedding of the year prince harry is marrying his american girlfriend meghan markle and with all the pomp and circumstance that is certain to come there is of course controversy with tens of thousands of well wishers expected to descend
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upon windsor where the weddings being held the leader of the local council has complained that the town's homeless will blight the big day. royal wedding fever has broken out in windsor as residents prepared to celebrate one of the most hotly anticipated events in britain social calendar clarence house announced the engagement of prince harry and meghan markle last november and once it became known that the wedding would take place at windsor castle the people of windsor were thrilled. because you know them but what we do know is very happy very. sad looking forward to seeing what we have to put up with the tourists all year round so it's going to be pretty chaotic i think you. may have but you're looking forward to it yes yes will be to be found where locals have
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a street party. yes she did say. the picture as town of windsor wants to show its best face to the world but some here think the homeless spoil that image council leader simon dudley has complained that rough sleepers and beggars present a beautiful town in a sadly unfavorable light and called on the police to remove them he claims some were homeless by choice as they earn hundreds of pounds a week from aggressive banking. this homeless man named stewart doesn't know quite how to respond to these allegations. by rabid radio we were not made to her we have no need to carry the day we. people people who get paid to get. pocket change. do you have anywhere to get help. if you do if it would. fall off with.
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the. council leaders statements caused a huge outcry both in the media and from charitable organizations the number of homeless in england has risen by seventy five percent among vulnerable groups including families with dependent children since the conservatives came to power in two thousand and ten runs is getting expensive but the housing benefit isn't changing it isn't going up with the rents so hence the reason people can't afford to rent. employment jobs aren't wages aren't going up with the rents. this like say is a variety of different reasons. critics say that instead of looking for solutions to these problems conservative politicians like simon dudley prefer to make headlines with populist remarks but when we approached him at the town hall dudley was very tight lipped his response may be afterwards but afterwards he never came. i
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used to comment that it's the best idea to move i wonder in here now but lovely to see. dudley was under pressure as his future was being decided at this council meeting he was facing a no confidence vote and opponents were demanding his resignation all the statements evidence not only is this whole debacle been embarrassing to all members in offices this council answerable family has damaged the reputation of windsor made it in the eyes of the world. so what did simon dudley do he remained silent and let his fellow party members on the largely conservative council do the talking hundred sixty five. councillor darkly it's all good report he seemed tensions are clear and honest this motion is no chips the results of the votes knowing full force in the end darkly survived a no confidence vote by a large margin he smiled and said nothing. just
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a few kilometers away stuart is preparing to spend his next night outdoors he won't comment on the outcome of the vote for him what counts is that the police don't plan to remove the homeless so for now at least he can stay here at the foot of windsor castle. in parts of kosovo in the heart of the balkans time seems to have stood still women here have practically little or no rights domestic violence is rampant and the justice system repeatedly turns a blind eye many women despite being victims themselves end up paying the price. and the man has been locked up in prishtina as women's prison for nine years now for killing her husband we can't reveal have real name the marriage lasted just a year but it was torture us her husband ran can be terror pete earley and even
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broke her. bush incredible but i should also i went to the police so often once i even took the pistol my husband said he'd bought to kill me if i felt threatened but the police did nothing so i don't remember their names but i do remember their faces when you only one told me if you were my wife you wouldn't have had the chance to come here or because i'd have killed you with this pistol if a policeman says that to you you can't do anything else only point is you lose your will to live and don't believe in anything anymore the whole laden but the man of the sun because. she left her husband but he continued to threaten her she was terrified and started carrying a kitchen knife. not long afterwards she was in his car she'd only agreed to get in the she was with her brother who wanted to act as mediator but her husband kept insulting and threatening her so she stabbed him she didn't even try to flee.
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again male was sentenced to twelve years for murder and the courts gave little consideration to the circumstances which led to her actions or the fact that the authorities had failed to help her for a year with only one note that's a harsh sentence twelve years even though i was a battered wife seeking help from the police in vain and then acting in self defense is not the same as purposely murdering someone out of jealousy there's no justice in kossovo absolutely not. fundraising so. i game a comes from this village around an hour's drive from prishtina here they hold on to their traditions and gender roles men have to say around here many villages still remember this sad story for years again as brother fared he'd fall victim to a blood feud as laid out in the can own a set of traditional albanian laws. even up to a few weeks ago it would have been too risky for him to talk to us but the families
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have finally reached an agreement he remembers what it was like. for a while on we were devastated we never expected anything like this to happen no one could have imagined it. we'd want something like this to work but in life anything can happen. yes it was for sure. especially to women in kosovo because in this very traditional society women are all too often treated like second class citizens and simply don't have the same rights as men but in the i'm in favor of women having equal rights but a woman should know that she belongs to me and no one else that must be claire. cos of us constitution guarantees to abide by international agreements including the universal declaration of human rights but a decade after it declared independence kosovo still isn't fully recognized
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internationally so the european court of human rights in strasbourg has no jurisdiction to deal with such cases is a basically a black hole in balika because it's the only state of the rich citizens of which cannot apply to anyone court for human rights run the state it's fallen in violation of any human rights. on a team a says if the police had held none of this would have happened after nine years behind bars she's now thirty when she's released she wants to go abroad she feels there's no future for her in kosovo. and i want to boston you can i want to have a happy life when i get out of here and i want to family like every other woman and to become a mother a mother who loves her child or. to me the. most of all she dreams of leaving her terrible past behind her. because of
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kosovo's on result political status which gives it no access to international laws the situation continues to look bleak for human rights especially for women. for anyone who likes to party and dance the night away the first place in europe that often comes to mind is. known as the party island the belly eric off the east coast of spain attracts millions of tourists each year because of its sunny coastline relaxed vibe and wild night life. and now environmentalists are hoping that the local flamingo population on a pizza sauce lasts could entice another type of tourist but they fear that the exotic birds and clubbers just won't mix our reporter met with a bird expert who's watching for a solution. carefully and quietly sean carlists paul there approaches the flamingo watching from afar he doesn't want to startle the bird
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flamingos are his passion. if you know flamingos are all day looking highly unusual bugs so it's easy to get people interested in them even those who don't care about environmental protection . and. a lair miss happy to see the birds flock to. salt flats he's counted hundreds of them are already and their numbers have been on the rise in recent years that's good news for the spanish silent but most tourism is posing a danger to the birds. lena's has become too busy for them to bring up their young. men april when the breeding season begins most adult bugs fly away to reproduce what i don't
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know. because in spring flocks of tourists descend on the beach which has become known as the mediterraneans number one party destination it's visitor number soar the environment pays a price and most holiday makers couldn't care less a road leads straight through the say sunniness national park to a highly popular beach which is teeming with visitors even in low season tourists stop to snap pictures of the exotic birds song or even stray into the nature reserve. one has only got one they don't know that they want but well that's the only way to get to really see these beds. unfortunately that's how it is when you enter a nature is a with that in all the land to see the birds in the actual habitat you get is that not and i can assume now that i'm going to say i thought poland feels this kind of behavior has to stop. us where the phoenicians began producing salt
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two thousand years ago has plenty of plankton and small crabs for flamingos to feed on it's an ideal breeding ground for the birds says palermo were it not for the tourists. this autumn and over most of them simply don't know how to act appropriately in nature the park rangers could help but they don't exist here. there's just not enough money even though the flamingos could help change the island's party image as the belaire akai islands environmental ministry hopes that way ibiza could become an eco tourism destination. so there were no symbol of that i mean those have come to stand for a clean environment and they're apparently pulling in visitors about the birds are giving the party island a totally new image kill a beetle from english but protecting the species is costly and limits mass tourism and palermo says the government is unwilling to risk that he says this is
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inconsistent this year many dead flamingos have been discovered across the island in january alone twenty one dead birds were found. and i must see several if i don't know we don't know if the animals are examined to ascertain the cause of their death when there's all kinds of diseases not just conventional ones are being looked into we have no information on this. i almost think the government isn't taking this problem seriously but you know when there were millions of. the oneness and said we are a problem i don't. polarise thinks the problem is being swept under the rug he believes all the talk of sustainability is just an empty marketing ploy. it would also give everything got to get i don't think there'll be a change in course or so yes maybe they're trying to attract other kinds of holiday makers but i think they're not taking action against mass tourism and definitely
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doing nothing to stop the party tourism is it's all about the money tourists are bringing to the island says john carlos parlor the flamingo simply can't compete with that so their numbers might soon be dwindling. the room. we often tell stories about sprawling urbanization about people fleeing the countryside for life in the big city but what about those people in rural remote areas to find out what their lives are like we're taking you on a journey one that's not for the faint of heart on a small train affectionately called the mix it acts as a lifeline to the people who live high up in the remote mountain villages of the caucasus. the three hour journey begins at seven in the morning train driver our tour never knows exactly when or even if he will arrive at the
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destination but here in the caucuses manton's time is of little essence. here sometimes when there's too much snow or frost we have to turn back. or for. a few days ago a landslide here brought everything to a standstill a look out the window is anything but comforting. the lumber company that operates the train is in financial trouble six of its nine track maintenance workers have quit over unpaid wages. this is the village of cushing. had to branch from the main track to get here visitors who have relatives lumber workers locals returning from the valley with building materials only the mattress second bring them here and what if someone has an accident. all we can do
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is call the moderates and arrange an emergency pick up worthless lord. there's no workshop here nor is there a proper road into the valley yesterday lydia says her husband took the mattress to the doctor's. it's only sixty kilometers from the olympic venue of saatchi but cushing is a place where people only survive if they can make do without state help and infrastructure. after the train stops at other villages without road access our tour has worked on the matter itself for two years and knows all of the residents on the line. the mattress brings fresh bread twice a week there's no running to the local bakery for fresh supplies. one loss which then artur steers his mattress in reverse to its destination we
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are in. a name that translates as remote. two letter carriers pick up the mail back. most about the loan is residents have moved away but the russian postal service hasn't let down the three hundred two for main. the train stops and not alone a for two hours tour uses the time to carry out repairs on his mattress or. so it's old here the break disks would need to be replaced. the river. just like the village. is falling apart and without track maintenance journeys are growing more dangerous by the day. it already jumped the tracks almost daily and
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could certainly topple over the move then it will be a matter of where that happened just. the bread brought is on sale in the village shop in winter he comes in to warm up rice noodles canned food cheap staples the local pensioners can't afford more and there are virtually no jobs in the loaning. you. i talked to a group of faithful on the journey into the valley. here the troubles past abandoned houses how long it can continue to offer the people still here a lifeline to civilization is an open question. the people of those remote mountain villages need that little train even though those they are tracks make me very nervous still i hope it doesn't disappear that's all
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