Inside Europe: Inside Europe: the Inside Take on European Affairs 7. 11. 2009 Nov. 7, 2009

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This week: Prague clears final hurdle for EU's Lisbon Treaty - Looking ahead at the future of EU-US relations - A funeral for Venice - A Halloween wedding in Transylvania - And 20 years after the fall of communism, we look at the legacy of the 1989 revolutions. This week: East Germany.
Prague clears final hurdle for Lisbon Treaty

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has finally given up his resistance to the Lisbon Treaty and opened the way for reform of the European Union.

His signature clears the last hurdle for the controversial package of reforms to come into force next year. ...



This week: Prague clears final hurdle for EU's Lisbon Treaty - Looking ahead at the future of EU-US relations - A funeral for Venice - A Halloween wedding in Transylvania - And 20 years after the fall of communism, we look at the legacy of the 1989 revolutions. This week: East Germany.
Prague clears final hurdle for Lisbon Treaty

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has finally given up his resistance to the Lisbon Treaty and opened the way for reform of the European Union.

His signature clears the last hurdle for the controversial package of reforms to come into force next year. An EU president is now just one signature away. The EU reform treaty allows the 27 nation bloc to speed up decision making, increase the power of the European Parliament and appoint a longer-term president and a more powerful foreign representative.


Report: Nina Maria Potts

Are Europeans out of touch with the US?

The new look European Union will need to act fast if it wants to be an effective partner on the world stage and remain a valued partner of the United States. That's the message of a new report by the European Council on Foreign Relations.

The report warns that European governments are out of touch with today's world and that Europe risks being marginalized – particularly when it comes to its relationship with Washington. Nick Witney co-authored the report and told Helen Seeney more.

A Funeral for Venice

The city of Venice is set for a funeral for ... Venice itself.

It's being organized by a group of locals who are concerned about the increasing number of residents who are leaving. Venice’s permanent population has just dipped below the figure of 60,000 – a decline that is draining the city of normal life.


Report: Sabina Castelfranco

A Halloween wedding in Transylvania

Last Saturday, millions of people around the world celebrated Halloween. For most, it's a chance to get dressed up and have a bit of fun. But what about getting married on Halloween?

Would anyone want to tie the knot on a day associated with witches, ghouls - and Dracula? Well, an English couple did – and that too in Transylvania: the home of Dracula. The character Dracula is based on one of Romania’s most famous leaders, Vlad the Impaler. Inside Europe visited Transylvania to attend a Halloween wedding.


Report: Catherine Graue

Remembering the night the Berlin Wall came down

The Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 was one of the monumental events of the twentieth century.

It was such an historic occasion that many of us still remember where we were that night. Here are some recollections from the streets of Berlin

The end of East Germany

The Berlin Wall was THE image of the Cold War. For over 28 years, this concrete divide, snaking through the city of Berlin, symbolized the division between East and West.

Over a hundred people died attempting to cross it. But a chain of events triggered by reform in the Soviet Union led to the breaching of the Wall.


Report: Sabina Casagrande

The Stasi - the East German secret police

East Germans were well acquainted with the letters MFS. They stood for the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or the Ministry for State Security.

More commonly known as the Stasi, this was East Germany’s secret police force and one of the most effective and oppressive in the world. At its peak, the Stasi employed around 274,000 people with an estimated half a million working as unpaid informers. It was one of the most reviled and unsavoury aspects of life in the GDR.


Report: Mark Maddox

Young eastern Germans are ignorant about the DDR

A highly publicized study shows that teenagers born in eastern Germany after the Fall of the Wall know next to nothing about the country where their parents and teachers grew up.

So what exactly are these young people being taught about their past? Alexa Dvorson has been finding out.

Postcard from Europe - how is life in West Germany as an Ossie?

It's estimated that since the Fall of the Wall, around 1.7 million people have left former East Germany – around 12 percent of the population.

One of those who decided to head to the West is Franziska Wahl. And she has this postcard on how she found life in West Germany as an "Ossie".


Report: Franziska Wahl

A Trabi tour through eastern Berlin

Since German unification, many in the former East have started to miss certain aspects of life in the former GDR. Things that vanished overnight - like groceries, TV programmes and social organisations.

This feeling is known as "Ostalgie": a combination of the German words "Ost" meaning East and "nostalgie" for nostalgia. But twenty years on, remnants of the East can still be found around Berlin. So Neale Lytollis decided to investigate, and set off in the GDR's most famous car, the Trabant.


Report: Neale Lytollis