Stalking on the Rise In Germany

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Series: Europe on the Edge - Turkey/Poland: Good relations - Poles facing political persecution have sought refuge in Turkey for centuries. During the Crimean War in the mid-nineteenth century, Polish emigres even founded their own village there. Called Polonezkoy, it's located in a nature preserve just outside Istanbul. Even today, the village - which is called "Adampol" in Polish -features half-timbered houses, fenced-in gardens, and a Catholic church. The descendants of the original immigrants continue to uphold many of their old customs, even though they've now been Turkish citizens for three or four generations. Bulgaria: Patience is running out - Protesters in Bulgarians have been packing the streets, demanding new elections, for weeks now. Prime Minister Plamen Orescharski's government only recently took office, but its reputation is already seriously tarnished. Many in Bulgaria are fed up with ongoing corruption and nepotism at the top. Before the most recent election, Orescharski's party and the Coalition for Bulgaria had promised to raise the minimum wage and increase assistance to mothers of young children. After the election, these promises were soon rescinded. The previous government had also been toppled by protests sparked by economic issues. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU, and many young and educated people choosing to leave their homeland. Germany: The problem of stalking - More and more people in Germany are becoming victims of stalking. Victims' associations say that today's online and communications media have only exacerbated the problem. Today, stalkers can pursue their victims by text message, Facebook and the Internet. It's estimated that around 900,000 Germans are being harassed in this way. The majority of victims are women, who are targeted mainly by acquaintances and former partners. But legal options are limited, and only a small percentage of the cases are ever brought to trial. Italy: The plight of tomato fieldworkers - Three euros an hour, or once euro cent per kilo - seasonal laborers on Italy's tomato fields earn meager wages. Many come from Bulgaria, Romania and Senegal - and all hope they'll see a better future. They carry out backbreaking labor under the scorching sun, live in desperate conditions, and are often mistreated by their supervisors. They don't have the money to return home, and find themselves stranded and exploited without mercy - all to keep supermarket prices at rock bottom. Many have likened the conditions of these tomato farm workers as a form of modern slavery. Portugal: Summer, sun and tax savings - Beautiful beaches, sunshine, and unspoiled nature draw holiday-makers to the Algarve. Now foreign pensioners will have even more reason spend their retirement years there. A government-sponsored initiative aims to encourage foreign citizens to buy a house and live in Portugal. Called "Living in Portugal", it's especially attractive for pensioners from elsewhere in Europe. Foreigners who move to Portugal and live there at least 183 days during the year pay no taxes in Portugal on foreign income. The government hopes the initiative will help support the country's ailing economy.

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