On this week's show: The corruption bill in the EU bloc reaches 120 billion euros - German tax dodgers hit the headlines - The trials of finding a job as a foreigner in London - Madrid's buskers increase through unemployment - The myths and reality of Scandimania - Should secular universites in the UK allow for Muslim segregation? - We change gears and stop off at an autobahn chapel in Germany.
The European Commission has unveiled its first anti corruption report. The report stated that corruption costs the European economy around 120 billion euros per year. Transparency International hailed the report, but encouraged the commission to look at its own institutions as well as national governments. Transparency's Ronny Patz is compiling a report doing just that and spoke to Emma Wallis.
Europe's economic powerhouse is not immune from corruption, particularly lately in the form of tax dodging. The latest celebrity to hit the headlines in Germany is Alice Schwarzer, the feminist campaigner and journalist. As someone who has regularly campaigned from the moral high ground, her tax confession came as something of a shock to Germans, as Tanja Tricarico reports from Berlin.
Unemployment in the eurozone remains stubbornly high at 12 per cent. Youth unemployment is worse. One solution for young jobseekers is to emigrate. The UK is an obvious destination with Europe's fastest-recovering economy and the most open labour market. But Britain is not proving the El Dorado that many hoped for . In the last of our series, Generation Jobless.. Stephen Beard reports from London.
Twenty-six percent unemployment in Spain has led to a spike in the number of buskers. In Madrid, so many people are fiddling, singing and strumming for money that the city is now requiring them to audition for the privilege of holding out a hat in the street. Those who don't pass muster could be fined by the police. From Madrid, Lauren Frayer has this report.
Scandimania has been sweeping the continent. Think cool furniture, TV series like Borgen and crime writers like Henning Mankell. And the Nordic countries seem to have it sussed - low unemployment, tolerant societies and contented happy people. But is that just a myth? Michael Booth, who lives in Denmark, has written a book called "The Almost Nearly Perfect People." He joins Emma Wallis.
A new book by Michael Booth, "The Almost Nearly Perfect People", explores the myths and realities of life in Scandinavia. Michael lives in Denmark, but what do Scandinavians think about his take on their countries? We invited two of Inside Europe's correspondents, Danish Ellen Otzen and Norwegian Lars Bevanger, to respond to Booth's book, starting with Lars.
A row has been bubbling in Britain over whether or not secular institutions should allow segregation for religious reasons. Separate seating provisions for men and women is common in Islam, Judaism and other faiths but its practice at public events of religious societies on British campuses prompted a nationwide debate. Andrew Connelly has more from London.
On long road trips, most travellers will pull over at a rest stop at some point to take a break and get a quick snack. In Germany, famed for its super fast autobahns with no speed limits, some rest stops offer food for the soul, as Caitlan Carroll reports.