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until now this is sarah palin was in. an exclusive. 0 at. starts october 24th on t.w. . allen the at the at. the at to the at 0 in a very warm welcome indeed to focus on europe with me peter craven and europe is it seems on the high a never before have there been so many drugs on the mark that cocaine consumption for instance is at record levels and there's also a flood of cheap drugs they come in tiny packages for just a few euros and the mixture might include dried herb's with
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a cocktail of chemicals it's strong stuff and extremely addictive the result is panic attacks dizziness palpitations and even fatalities where one place hard hit by this epidemic is greece's 2nd largest city thessaloniki we joined a former user there who's determined to understand the root causes of the problem and find a solution but it is not optimistic. as darkness descends on. drug dealers swarm into the city's parks. many of them are young migrants working for greek or albanian drug lords. the substances they sell are becoming cheaper and more dangerous for example increasingly popular pot pourri also known as synthetic marijuana basically herbs coated with synthetic chemicals.
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used to be a drug addict himself today he's a social worker helping junkies get clean he's alarmed by the substance abuse in his home town these days and he wants to find out more about the drugs. he meets an old friend who is still part of the drug scene he tells them about a drug called. a cheap knock off version of crystal meth the friend explains the dangers of pot pourri. it is a potent it's like heroin and what does it cost just $20.00 euros a bag i've sworn never to touch that stuff again my mother once found be tripping after taking it i thought i died. drug consumption in greece has been rising many attribute this to the country's youth unemployment rate of almost 40 percent. of what there is a way that many drug users have psychological problems well known and it's in them
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now and then you prove you have to be a good reason they just care about a drug been cheap and not about what's actually in it. cut it could be as is wants to learn more about the notorious pot pourri drug. he's heard it's even sold in some shots under the counter. after all it's a concoction of substances that are legally available like artificial fragrances. that's why drug expert fed on color is calling on greek authorities to act. he says the country faces a particularly and césar epidemic it is quite a big deal because people. want it more and more because of its power it's a powerful it's a potent substance a potent drug unlike heroin here is a downer we call it a dollar here isn't really a briggs brings you down so this makes it also very attractive. the catastrophic
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effects of pot pourri and césar are evident on thessaloniki street in some parts of town locals are too scared to leave their homes at night and some shopkeeper say the drug users are harming their business. but. they attack each other with stones clubs and knives. not only people who want to cross the square feel unsafe and threatens years also shopkeepers like goods are in mortal danger. i've heard about these new cheap drugs but we. all know there are many who consume them in the student neighborhood for giving people what the. police are going after a dealer here. the country's new conservative government is clamping down on the drug trade there are now more police controls and the number of arrest has increased but often suspected dealers carry too few drugs on them to warrant
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a conviction. particularly as it has obtained a packet of the notorious pot pourri drug it looks like marijuana but it's far more dangerous 10 doses cost about 20 years ago with the better to buy this drug can be produced by anyone with just the basic understanding of chemistry. will have a major impact and roone many people's lives we still don't know enough about the long term effects of this drug and attics. but it seems the drug lords couldn't care less night after night dealers spill out into the streets of thessaloniki. so what is it's a farce or a tragedy one thing is for certain the chaos known as briggs it continues to rock every aspect of life in the united kingdom it's been especially traumatic for the hundreds of thousands of poles who have made the you can't go home in recent years
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now many say they no longer feel welcome and are heading back to poland for one moment doing all we can to persuade his fellow nationals to stay on. solid crust pork belly on a bed of sauerkraut a polish style dish made with ingredients from the british county of camera chair it's the creation of polish chef damien in virginia. i treat britain like my home and i cook my home food in my new home if maybe that makes sense by you know that this is what i'm trying to do i try to create something completely completely new for this environment for this guests. his menu and his restaurant house of feasts reflect damian's identity he came to england in 2005. when poland joined the e.u. he's worked his way up even cooking for royalty like princess dan. and
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prince william. but most of his guests are eastern european. some of them don't even speak polish but they come in here they look and additional does doesn't look polish and then they eat that issue as i think this is like my mom cooked so this is what i think makes me smile. house of feasts is located on the outskirts of peterborough in the east of england it's many factories and farms and workers from eastern europe who are long welcomed here with open arms. tens of thousands of poles settled here but since the grex referendum many feel unwelcome to be allowed to stay p.s.y. versions girl lived here for 8 years and she's worried. the moment yeah i don't want to have to go back to poland mainly because of my 13 year old son he speaks very little polish it will be so i don't think he has a future there is some unis of his there is. she's brought all of the documents
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which prove she's lived in the u.k. for more than 5 consecutive years to damien's restaurant outside of opening hours a polish social worker comes here to help people apply for settled status online. a lot of us have not been keeping these documents. you know this whole time because who would know that would actually be required at any point so the anxiety around the settlement scheme comes from comes from not being you know not not being sure whether they're going to be able to prove their set on stages even if they get damien didn't get his at 1st either though he's lived in paid taxes in britain for 15 years but he fought back and now has the settled status by hosting free info sessions he hopes to stop more poles from leaving. the numbers in britain fell from
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around 1000000 to under 900000 last year making it harder to find staff in last 2 years is drastic is huge issue and. well probably because of breaks because so many friends of mine already. and they were well settled. we have also chefs which came here 56 years ago they work for me they left so he's also using the info sessions to recruit staff p.s.y. vision scott says thanks but no thanks against all odds dainian plans to expand michael that there are yes. he's done 12 trailers to sell his polish style dumplings from cambridge share all the over the u.k. . now the russian capital moscow is of course a huge city and it's facing
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a huge garbage crisis there's very little recycling and waste sites are quite simply overflowing so the of origins had wanted to transport the problem to a so far unspoiled location more than a 1000 kilometers from moscow as i say that was the plan but in an unusual show of grassroots activism local residents are up in arms saying the proposed garbage tip is an environmental disaster in the making. moscow with its $20000000.00 inhabitants is a rich metropolis responsible for a quarter of russia's gross domestic product. russia's capital both luxurious cars and restaurants catering for all tastes. on the flipside is this garbage a lot of garbage. most of it still ends up on dumps hardly any garbage is recycled . therefore local authorities would like to use trains to transport the
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garbage here 1200 kilometers to the northeast she has a rail station in the tiger by chance hunters found this construction site which came as a shock for a local residents like on your check of. the plant but plan 1st they said they were going to cut down $300.00 hectares of forest now it's already up to $3000.00 what they're planning is unbelievable they simply want to destroy russia's north which truly. activists worry about the swamp land becoming europe's largest dispose of the syllabi they believe toxics could see 1st into rivers and then into the sea certainly no ecological impact studies was commissioned and construction is never approved. and your caliber and other residents have started protesting. they blocked gas trucks so that the fuel had to be delivered by helicopter.
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so i got it right there were $35.00 of us at the helicopter landing site when a group of at least 60 security personnel came toward us they started beating us and carrying us away out of our skin. construction has been suspended but the atmosphere remains tense mass security personnel guards the site we recorded to and the policeman takes note on his phone to night activists monitor the site where that construction might start again. instead of fighting them could learn from the. periods are experienced in garbage separation in the nearby town of earth citizens themselves constructed a central collection point for recyclables. to survive came up with the idea to separate recyclables into 10 different categories each symbol represents
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a different material and can be found on the packaging. the initiative and or the mother has earned them warts and is inspired others. to have much of that their own will with the realisation that life can't go on as before results from human beings learning and understanding by example. hand over for the protesters and she. volunteers come from all over the region some of them have travelled by car for 12 hours. they've erected a camp and keep an eye on the site day and night. the governor's promised jobs and investments into infrastructure schools and hospitals provided the dump will be constructed the activists want to prevent this at all costs. just a few meters away the operating company is passing out information a p.r.
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employee explains the garbage from moscow is safely whether the boxes for them or construction here was just a preliminary examination. looked at the 10 iraqi buildings like these trailers and the loading and unloading side of the minimal infrastructure necessary to start construction to start examinations. in the death of us don't believe a word he says they've called for further protests in over 20 russian cities. that is gladly pack up and leave as soon as the authorities decide to abandon construction plans for this dumping site until that happens will stay i don't
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always lie i need to stay on the. marina and her husband take on shifts at the activists monitoring site too they don't want their efforts to be misunderstood as a conflict between cities and rural areas. we're not against moscow citizens that both they and their bosses need to understand that it's time to start separating garbage into give up plastic the activists emphasize that their protest is peaceful but we are repeatedly been told that if needs be they can start blocking rail tracks once garbage arrives from moscow. now the series of wars that followed the breakup of yugoslavia back in the 1990 s. were notoriously bitter and bloody and still today militant nationalism plagues the region with accusations and counter-accusations our reporters' visitors a small village in the sheba nick region of southern croatia where the serb minority has regularly be faced with violence but one local man boris petko says
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the time has come to begin to look to the future. the people of his joe you will never forget the day a group of men attacked boys because bar boy s. his family and friends had been watching a football match when they stormed the bar beating up everyone inside and wrecking havoc. a 16 year old boy from the neighborhood was even hospitalized with a serious head injury. at the local a lot of western history they were told they werent local men. also spoken of it out where was john l. sellers and they travelled here for more than 100 kilometers. one of the bits missing this was a premeditated attack south. yeah exactly ever till the last thing. i want the authorities to find out who organized this. and who sent them was well
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you're going to you know the that i have it all. boris has since repair the damage some suspected attackers are now behind bars although the background of the attack has not been cleared up. boris who belongs to croatia serb minority has been subjected to intense online abuse from right wing croatians they accuse him of being a war criminal and ex police officer who tortured croatian prisoners of war. the authorities and media have never refuted. he has made clear this wasn't me but go. silent. nobody has explained that i was only 12 years old when the war broke out. the legacy of the yugoslav wars is still evident today there croatian county i mean she beneath was once occupied by serbs and then retaken by croats many ruin still dot
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the region today thousands were massacred and fell victim to ethnic cleansing hundreds of thousands were forced to flee the retaking of conine during operation storm became a symbol of the croatian victory and is celebrated every year with great pomp and fanfare this year a president called linda grab architect of it said she wished she'd fought alongside the croatian troops nationalism is on the rise in croatia attacks on the serb minority are increasing but the region's governor claims that attack was an isolated incident. well you know such incidents the situation is peaceful and stable there are no excesses hate crimes or anything like that but. the croatian government sees things differently they've strongly condemned the attacks and are demanding that local authorities track down the perpetrators. but the problem is much bigger than the authorities want to let on says journalist
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vasco radulovich gangs chants nationalist slogans and stones were thrown into windows that night though she says only a fraction of the attacks become known. but. in villages where mainly older serbs live they don't want to talk about it when something like that happens or they have justified fears because something like the attack could happen anywhere. basque are doing of it has documented many such cases. here people's olive trees were chopped down they live from all of their farmers of course no one asked them how high the damage was and they didn't get any compensation either. but boris is not intimidated he says he gets along with everyone whether service. apart from the bar he runs a farm and has big plans soon he hopes to turn his bar into
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a restaurant that will serve meat he's raised himself. we have to look to the future not the past. we want to live work create something that's all about a t. shirt or. near his house is a commemorative plaque which remembers the 8 serbs killed here almost 15 years ago during operation storm they are died on a single day and all were over 60 old people who couldn't or wouldn't plea their killers are still at large here history is long from being forgotten. now on a very different know the illegal drug trade is a large lucrative found a growing market it's driven by the fact that more and more people in prosperous countries like germany want purebred pets that knock down prices and that demand is
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satisfied mainly by unscrupulous suppliers from eastern europe however animal rights activists stefan clips in has made it his mission to expose the illicit trade which requires some real courage as we find out now. steph unclip stein and a friend of his are on their way to the next case they want to expose illegal dog smugglers in berlin. they pretend they want to buy this puppy. the smugglers were filmed with a hidden camera. and you can get it for 500 on. this deal is a trap. the police take action animal welfare worker stefan clips dine here on the left witnesses scenes like this almost every day. right after the . animal rights activists use these methods to work against romanian dog smugglers . if they want to save the animals. or the
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toilets to live yours or inflamed by inflammation here inflammation. the dog is perhaps 8 or 10 weeks old he shouldn't be in germany and he shouldn't be sold here if you recall the. puppies can only be legally exported within the e.u. from the age of 15 weeks. they have to have received all their required vaccinations before hand clips time works to ensure these laws are up held he's been attacked and injured by smugglers many times. needed to be the one speaking out or doing something against this face has been stalked and intimidated. so much so nobody is doing anything against it because if you do then you'll be facing a lot of trouble. rekha clip style looks for dubious ads on the internet he says 8 out of 10 ads on
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e bay classified are illegal. most puppies imported illegally come from eastern europe especially romania that's where the dog mafia uses another trick they also smuggle stray mongrels as well as pedigree dogs. it sounds strange at 1st or 2nd. make money with stray dogs with their one can just catch dogs in the street or get them from unemotional cers or given away for free what's up with the missiles when they're sold in germany and money is made because people take pity because cousin them a court of law it's a. book arrest the romanian capital stray dogs are a big problem here. battles the smugglers the other end of this criminal network he files police reports and tries to get last changed he also started an animal shelter for rescue dogs. this one was dumped by
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smugglers when marya's exposed them today he's part of the household. photos of stray dogs are also part of the business and shady animal welfare groups in germany are involved working with their romanian partners together they raise money on the internet mostly through facebook setting off a string of profits. for them where the sort of start rescue was right we need money for the transport and germans the italians the brits started pay so you raise a few $1000.00 fellow at the docks into a van and bring them to a shelter where they look for sponsors again the same people who already gave money donated in sr used that's what we're talking. back in berlin stephan clips diners looking for political support he meets with beyond voice that animal rights expert of the christian democratic party. is
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a snoozer the author of i'm often on my own documenting researching and contacting the police of the view that i often feel like the political will to actively climb down and this is lacking. that's fine for you it's good of you to help out but this is actually the state's job every local councillor should have an animal rights department. up to now authorities haven't been effectively clamping down on dog smuggling of those profits and it infuriates me that this is still possible with selling animals online still has not been banned. as a dog lover stephan clip stein wants to ensure that all the dogs being smuggled to germany month after month get the protection they deserve. so 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 it's all home page on d.w.
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