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Croatia - Arming the EU - 12 min 15" sec [15 July 2013]

Croatia joins EU amid gun running fears

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20 years on from the Balkans war and Croatia is still full of guns. And now they're being funnelled from under beds onto the black market. As Croatia enters the EU, will it spark an illegal arms trade boom?
"He is joking - we have enough for one more war!" A group of Croats sitting in the country's lush hillsides laugh knowingly at the suggestion that around here everyone has a few weapons stashed in the cupboard. But the armaments legacy from the Balkans conflict is no joke for the EU. During the war the country couldn't get access to enough weapons so small workshops around the country started up. According to an Interpol investigation, they never shut down. Already being traded for drugs in countries like France, Belgium and Germany, the guns are a problem because they're so difficult to quantify. "This weapon would be very popular with criminals because it is difficult to trace. No special features, no serial number," ballistics expert Damir Tomasek explains. The UN and local police have both undertaken large collection campaigns but neither have been that effective. This is partly due to continued production, but also because unlike the police, criminal gangs will pay for them. While Europe may be worried, the Croatians hope the EU will help solve the problem. "Co-operation from Europe is also very important. We can act against it much earlier through joint action."

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USA - License To Kill - 17' min 54'' sec [14 May 2012]

Protests rage across US over Zimmerman acquittal

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The Trayvon Martin murder case has divided America, raising questions about Florida's controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law. Can justice ever be served on the street? When does self-defence become murder?
"I feel like we're back in the wild, wild West", says Bonnie Baker, who lost her 21-year-old son in similar circumstances to the Trayvon Martin murder. The right to bear arms has long divided opinion in the United States, but Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' gun law has been especially controversial, allowing people to use lethal force if they feel threatened, and not just in their own homes. The shooter doesn't even have to prove that they were acting in self-defence; it is up to the police to prove that they didn't. Since it was introduced in 2005, the rate of justifiable homicide has almost tripled: Trayvon's parents aren't alone in their grief and anger. Homicide prosecutor Brian Cavanagh believes that "there is no justice when we have a law like this". Similar gun laws apply in more than 20 states in the US and most cases are never prosecuted. Is this "law for law-abiding citizens" literally letting people get away with murder?

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Europe - EU's New Refugees - 32 min 02 sec [8 April 2013]

EU migration rates double as 26.5 million unemployed

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Waves of immigration have always been a source of political tension in Europe. Now, the EU is facing up to an unusual new migration worry: floods of migrants fleeing from the continent's faltering economies.
As economic hardships continue, European nations are experiencing a shocking new trend in emigration. In Lisbon queues form outside African embassies as EU citizens try to acquire working visas. Ex-pat Juliana Fleming says, "I know many people who are trying to sell their homes in Portugal to settle in Mozambique". And though many of those escaping the EU do wish to return home if things improve, most aren't hopeful about how soon that may be. "First it was 2013, now they say 2014. We'll see."

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Italy - The Almighty Dollar - 24' min 43'' sec [30 April 2012]

Scandals stack up for Vatican bank

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As Italy battles through economic gloom, even the previously untouchable Vatican's finances are finally under scrutiny. As the scandals mount, we revisit a report that digs into accusations of Church tax evasion.
"According to estimates of the councils, 95% of the taxes that should be paid by the Church are never actually paid." The Vatican insists it's playing by the rules, but while it enjoys generous legal tax exemptions there are also accusations of deliberately exploiting loopholes. "We're not talking small sums of money. Church hotels, masquerading as places to house pilgrims, have earnings of 5 billion Euros a year."
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