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and the continent of africa. stories about motivational change makers taking their destinies to their. t.w. series for work on. d.w. dot com. hello and welcome to focus on europe with me peter craven and europe is in the grip of a devastating heat wave it's been scorching farmland and triggering wildfires worst hit so far is greece which has seen what's being described as europe's deadliest forest fire in over a century at least ninety people have been killed in a number of others are still missing after flames engulf the coastal area east of
the capital athens hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the catastrophe now at the center of the conflagration is the small community of marty and our reporter norman sri girl who's been there and spoken with some of the residents including constantino some are guests who return to the remains of his house. constantino somalia his front door was warped by the intense heat and he's trying to fix it after the devastating fire in martini erath and his family summer house is a tempting target solutions even if there actually isn't much left to loot. to fire them down from madden's and with such power because we have so many stories right in the streets so much separates are coming from the right. has he is black. all the forest fires happen frequently in the region konstantinos never
thought something like this would hit him and his family so hard. what do you do. we had all this years we had so many fires so many fires coming from about every time we in the last minute the work but. now all of our neighbors lost the fires have left marty looking like a battlefield the ashes are still smoldering in some places and the whole town smells burnt a lot of people have been killed and the number is increasing daily many are still missing professional and volunteer rescue teams are searching for the victims you only smartly says from the red cross he and his coworkers are doing their best but they're repeatedly pushed beyond their limits both physically and mentally. it was a group that was shaken we might be trained and experienced to know what to expect here but we're also human beings this gets right under your skin. sometimes rick
confronted with things we've never seen before after. every fence every ruin could be hiding the corpses of people who were surprised by the fire and couldn't get to safety in time. to the rescue services say the old florentine you should prepare the population better for such disasters in future. then there's the really need emergency evacuation plans. in this this is a high risk area because of the layout of the roads up and the buildings and especially the danger. this is. in the middle of the forest your only son tonight is took precautions cutting back trees to stop any fire spreading easily. his plan worked
and his home survived. all dry and it's so windy and people don't clean up their lands and they're not proactive and the government is not proactive . but unfortunately that's what happens you only saved himself by running into the sea but others would drown and doing the same and rescue workers a searching the coast for bodies manya because fatah husband volunteers without people like them the situation would be even worse but they say coordination is chaotic. many many good people. the first hours game and all for themselves to help but there unfortunately does the day three of three days after the wildfires those people nobody called them to come and help so they're coming alone they're going around the what they would of a fine but this is not you know organized. people night constantino snow have to.
pick up their lives again mourning their did neighbors and their burnt out houses and another fire is bound to strike he sends. the nobody lives about as i cannot plan the government has to make this and it's not about this government although governments the government so i don't know i don't know or they don't have the now but i don't think they're going to do anything serious the all thora g.'s are now investigating what started the funds arsonists could have done so as so often before but whatever the cause no one expected it to end like this. the greek authorities have been warning that further wildfires could follow after all the hot season is set to continue into the month of august now in a very different note it sometimes seems hard to believe but british exit from the european union breaks it is set to become a reality on march twenty ninth next year the many people are increasingly worried
about what that change will mean for the sensitive border between northern ireland and the e.u. but there's another border concern it's an angry that's right angry low population fourteen thousand the tiny british protectorates in the caribbean that didn't even get to vote in the briggs's referendum the fear is that the island will be cut off from its immediate neighbor which belongs to france and the uncertainty is so great that people like d.j. humber are thinking of going independent. good morning dan why is the why is your year old glass here six thousand five hundred kilometers from london brags it is on the morning news of the beaches of angry in the caribbean are not that far away from the european union in fact they're in it we have benefited from medicine you know from europe so how will break that effect of. the popular radio host d.j. hammer reach as many of and will as nearly fifteen thousand people and they're
asking the same question. just across the channel is the french part of samar tam the islands have long enjoyed close relations. but that may end with britain's exit from the e.u. . wi-fi would be insulting because it will be affected directly. water for years. and we are concerned that you know that doesn't prove the situation but in prague in the negative. nearly all of angry lands goods and supplies are imported from the larger neighboring french island on boats like this . the british island has to bring everything and even drinking water. this port is a life worth of flying. is the only the car this is the only cargo port saw.
it for whatever reason this forecloses known. and it's just my clothes on. since hurricane irma devastated the island in late twenty seventeen demand for construction materials has been high very many buildings were destroyed the school was hit hard. hardly any of the classrooms are still usable so the principal joyce webster stewart says classes are held in shifts half the children come in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. i think county board up and you go in and get shelter not thinking that the place where you're going in it's life is going to be nothing that needs a shelter. when i saw it it was heart rending was for. the plant reconstruction is funded by the e.u.
which is also and will as largest provider of development aid. yeah that much of the funding a potential fourteen million euros is earmarked for education but after brags that nothing is certain measure of the united kingdom i would say ninety percent of the people that i talked to are british so i have a clue that there's a place called ngo so you know i really think we have a thought i don't think i'd be big on the agenda of the british government. as one of the issues that they speak about. the islanders are afraid that should london fail to secure the breaks that deal it wants and needs and will or will be among the biggest losers they'll lose their development aid their e.u. passports and the open border to the neighboring islands. and will and should have had an a chance to participate in the backseat and that no other people should decide and go on state but then britain has been. increasing home micro-managing with others
where it puts us in a precarious position because. economically we might be at his advantage right. it does not make us feel i don't be a part of. it but it's territories is it fair to us. that means he has no say because if you take the economy of i'm going to take the budget of angle it has to be approved by england so we are just puppets in the air and the whole thing we don't look for we have a country the end really ans we're not allowed to vote in the referendum with their frustration over bragg's it has reached the point where some are calling for independence from britain d.g. hammer is for it. we can't borrow will be short the world don't have the time you know i'm looking for that to be a little bit demeaning go for the people. again and again t.j. hammer hears from people who are angry often fishermen and restaurant owners like
irad gums. they need to close relations with their e.u. neighbors but none of the islanders knows for sure what the future will bring that want it don't have a say they don't get an explanation of what's happening so they completely get alienated and when you really need people they are always will take back an action . the action more and more and williams would like to take is independence if they had been able to a majority would have voted to stay in the e.u. now many would rather be part of the e.u. than of britain. now do you remember how fruits and vegetables used to taste so much richer it sometimes seems is that just nostalgia for times gone by no no says french farmer laurel betterer yeah he believes there's far less for royalty these days due to industrialized farming practices and strict norms on
what can and cannot be grown it's part of a campaign in friends for greats of biodiversity and more flavor and the man dubbed the asparagus rebel is supplying some very popular produce. asparagus topped with grated bonito fish pine nuts and asparagus mousse. last forever i would never dream of making additional like this with any old asparagus. the head chef in a restaurant will bear to shove a blunt near paris needs a very special kind. and this person lost some two things different their classic one i suspect. them all it takes is one take it has a slightly better after taste of the film the flavor there is depending on it's for charity yeah those are the only problem is officially this is speratus doesn't even exist and selling rever ideas like this is actually illegal in france but rather i
has her sources. where said it all hello hello how are you thought on pipe i own a tractor no i said well i just wanted to know if you thought about my asparagus well this evening. i need five kilos of us thank you all. the contraband asparagus comes from here new very sort of was just outside paris here long period grows many kinds of heirloom vegetables he thinks they're just as much a part of france as champagne and that they must be preserved. typical for this area arjun toys and punch was cabbage for all my grandparents plants and. i'm not going to abandon them to buy hybrids that don't have the same shape or taste. but these vegetables aren't in the official french catalog which lists varieties whose seeds or plants may be sold in france its top criteria
abundant yield in uniform appearance the french farmers association which major producers have the say enforces these regulations to go this remotely close well be asparagus looks nice it might have its advantages but this variety simply doesn't yield enough a farmer has to make a living. so even if it pleases all the boys robert he means in paris if only half of the seeds actually grow it won't bring in enough revenue make. arguments like this make farmer laurel barrow you see read his asparagus is in no way inferior to standard varieties that will go to these heirloom plants are more disease resistant they're not a sensitive they also need less fertilizer and less water one of the one of the. many farmers refused to follow the decrees of the farmers association they flout the regulations on principle with the support of illegal seed sellers. here in the
south of france not far from toulouse nonprofit association kokopelli takes seed orders for heirloom vegetables grains and fruit. has been taken to court for selling non authorized plant for rabies but has refused to pay the fines. and wanted a court on it we are real seat smugglers someone else when i travel i always take twenty five all thirty kilos of seeds along in my suitcase when. we don't care what customs thinks polices mission is simply to preserve by law. diversities. to do that they've declared war on the restrictive french seed catalog which the kokopelli activists see as an instrument for monopolists like monsanto to control the markets and make farmers dependent on them rebel objective measurement and meeting people was never the ago their only aim is power and. the more money they
can make from nature the better keep both to learn as your kokopelli believes natures bounty belongs to us all whether it's white eggplant star cole robbie or asian toy asparagus they're really a likes to deliver his produce himself to goree restaurants they appreciate that special something that his vegetables bring to fine cuisine. or almost all. for. me this is what the stronger me is all about. introducing our customers to exceptional products. which are almost impossible to find anywhere else first of all. chefs like lower intend to keep buying band vegetables so they can keep serving up the best that france has to offer. now people are always looking for new travel
destinations so what about the legendary plate vits a lake's national park in central croatia the only problem is the park isn't quite what it used to be activists say it's unspoiled beauty is being put at risk by tourism traffic pollution and construction and as a result unesco is threatening to remove it from its global heritage list all reports are met up with one activist who is determined to prevent that from happening. he beats and makes park is one of the oldest national parks in southeast europe it says does a location for popular german weston's. needs in the area and comes here often he loves the countryside and the waterfalls. or not if you forget that i fear this is one of the most beautiful spots on this planet. a natural wonder protected by
unesco brought about you know everywhere that night if you like till recently the water here was among the cleanest in the world but now the illegal building has cost so much pollution that you can't drink it or even swim in it anymore. the mikes are critically endangered as a consequence of the nearly two million annual tourists unesco is threatening to revoke the park's world cultural heritage status because host crowns like this and keep its pristine quality. there's no sewerage system for example if each year reveals where the sewerage ends up in one of the many holes in the forest some called him tongue in cheek the seventeenth like the stench is unbearable. the trees all around are dying. and
the restaurant when the guests at the tourist village ask where the stink is coming from one of the in the people here tell them there's a pig farm around here somewhere. the waste runs into the ground unfiltered and seeps into the politically it's a lakes. the authorities analyze the lake water says of each other but the results were never made public he believes they didn't want anyone to know the water was no longer drink of all. the local mayor insists that the problem is finally being dealt with then passes the responsibility on to the government in sa grab. the drug for twenty years nobody has done anything about a sewage has now it's five minutes to midnight and the governments realize that reacher is of national and not just local interest and we have no time left to loose the bargain. and yet construction is still going on inside the national park
new buildings are going up all around this homeowner claims he did everything by the book which appears to be doubtful. the state seems to be turning a blind eye while corruption among local officials is rampant says of beets and his comrades all war veterans. they are spearheading the opposition to the illegal construction. the building permits the liberty is rather dubious they say. all that was allowed here was the renovation of existing buildings and i'm certain that nothing more than a little house was standing here or there to a billion which. now there are eight buildings that can accommodate up to two hundred seventy tourists is that a journey you know through canadia but i thought they might just send us a pleasure. and they could the owner disagrees so. he maintains the whole
village was here we've been working here for five years all of quality is acknowledged we are the only ones with two five star lodgings. it's a luxury resort in the middle of a national park and with no connection to the water mains but the construction was actually subsidized by the e.u. someone sees the sign for target practice. if it's the show's a video about an illegal water pipe use is all around the park tap into it. business in the park is booming too wrists a coming in drives local business people want to cash in opposing them is a pizza only must please you're accusing people of taking water illegally but they haven't had any other source here for sixty years i'm talking about the pollution in the park on that article then why did you wreck the water pipes because the environment inspector told us to leave when i was going to go i don't like but you
were the ones who brought him here. time is running out. it beats and his comrades will keep fighting. he says the veterans grow up here and they're determined to protect their world's natural heritage site. and it's not just once pristine landscapes that are at risk of being lost there are also traditional trades that could disappear forever like that of the miller so let's go to the netherlands the home of what are surely the most famous wooden mills in the world those that are still functional tend to be kept running by dedicated veterans but what about the next generation well that's where young enthusiastic like cool high cope come in. on weekends could hike up classmates go out on the soccer pitch or to parties but couldn't head for the windmill alongside
school the sixteen year old is learning to be had with his apprentice to hang in the one hundred thirty year old mill in town and close to the belgian border. couldn't already knows the routine. thus he puts out the flag meaning. then the road to shaft has to be lubricated with pork fat according to a centuries old practice. and finally the sales are stretched over the rest of. my friends like what i do here but they don't really understand it when i talk about it they get bored pretty quickly. boring or not when mills of the emblem of the netherlands there are around a thousand in the country and nearly all of them are still running and not just for tourists. they're still used to grind grain power's sawmills all pump water into the low lying reclaimed areas called cold is but there's a distinct need for
a new generation like couldn't says the master miller he is almost seventy. and so remote for what he calls now days it's mainly retired people who do it as a hobby though the mills can still be kept in operation but in ten fifteen or twenty years we will have a real problem with. part of the problem is that many dutch people view the windmills as props their flower comes from the supermarket. we don't know if you get a flower here i had no idea. this is more convenient for maybe your tastes better from the mellow. foliage and lot of bad there's no question whether it's right wheat or spelt flour his mill in the town of oyster vic supplies the bakeries in the area. when i was. in the old mill stones seeing as the saying goes home. and when the flour feel soft and slightly sandy.
then we know the quality is good. of course tourists can also stop by to watch and listen to the traditional craft. these people have come specially from spain. have come here because he has really. done this with. the windmills themselves unlikely to last. about whether they will keep providing bakers with flour and whether young dutch people like can hike up will be memorizing the blueprints of mills in the future that is increasingly unclear. and that's all from focus on europe this time around thanks so much for joining us and if you'd like to see any of our reports again just go to our home page on d.w. dot com look forward slash focus on europe oh visit our facebook page news stories
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