A visit to Andre Rieu in his castle

A visit to Andre Rieu in his castle

He's called the modern-day "Waltz King," so it almost goes without saying that he lives in a castle: Andre Rieu. The Dutch violinist is one of the most successful in the world, and he conducts his own orchestra.
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Ever brighter - the business of light

Ever brighter - the business of light

It's been more than a century since the first lightbulbs lit up our homes. Today we can use our smartphones to regulate LEDs all over the house: to make them brighter, more colorful, to automatically switch on or off. Light has become smart.
Bumper harvest with LEDs

Bumper harvest with LEDs

The global population is exploding, cities are mushrooming and more farmland is needed. So why not turn high-rise buildings into greenhouses, with the latest LED lamps providing light? A huge opportunity for traditional light bulb manufacturers.
Turning light into money

Turning light into money

They can't read or write, but they're learning to become entrepreneurs. After undergoing training at Barefoot College in India, 60 women from all over the world will return to their villages, with the skills to install and repair solar systems.
"I can hear when someone's lying"

"I can hear when someone's lying"

Lawyer Pamela Pabst is blind. In the courtroom she's unable to assess photos or other visual evidence. But what she lacks in eyesight, she more than makes up for with her other senses. As a result she's been very successful in her chosen career.
Sleepless in Berlin!

Sleepless in Berlin!

What to do when you can't sleep at night? Count sheep? Well if you're Olaf KRIEGER you hit the town. And he's clearly not alone - it feels like the whole city is awake. Don't waste your time, make the most of your nights!
Internet per Laser

Internet per Laser

Billions of people don't have access to high-speed internet. Many live in remote regions without cable or fiber-optic broadband. But laser beams can reach anywhere. The German startup Mynaric is sending information round the world by laser beam.
A visit to festive Potsdam

A visit to festive Potsdam

At Christmastime, Potsdam gets decked out in modern and traditional decor. The bluish lighting downtown is a modern touch. The Sinterklaas Fest in the Dutch Quarter harks back to the heritage of the Prussian kings.
Gerald Knaus: "There is no right to migrate."

Gerald Knaus: "There is no right to migrate."

Gerald Knaus is a founding member of the European Stability Initiative, ESI. He has been studying the plight of refugees and migrants since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. We spoke to him about the challenges posed by migration and the UN migration ...
South Tyrolean cuisine in an alpine chalet

South Tyrolean cuisine in an alpine chalet

The menu at the Sofie Hutte in the Val Gardena is more extensive and diverse than at the usual skiing chalet. Chef Markus Prinoth cooks bacon dumplings using typical products from the Dolomite region of South Tyrol.
Open Borders and Elderly Care

Open Borders and Elderly Care

Donata is one of many thousands of middle-aged Polish women who work in Germany's care industry. They travel to and fro between their work in Germany and their family in Poland.
Lyon Illuminated: the Fete des Lumieres

Lyon Illuminated: the Fete des Lumieres

Over four million visitors flock to Lyon's "Fete des Lumieres" light festival every year. Along with stunning light displays, the French city opens the streets to dance performances, concerts and millions of candles.
The creepy Krampus run

The creepy Krampus run

In the run-up to Christmas, the evil companion of St Nicholas, the Krampus, strikes fear in the hearts of naughty Austrian children. Our reporter transformed himself into the terrifying figure and took to the streets.
South Tyrolean cuisine in an alpine chalet

South Tyrolean cuisine in an alpine chalet

The menu at the Sofie Hutte in the Val Gardena is more extensive and diverse than at the usual mountain chalet. Chef Markus Prinoth cooks bacon dumplings using local products from the Dolomite region of South Tyrol.
Fighting food waste in South Africa

Fighting food waste in South Africa

Millions of people in South Africa don't have enough to eat. Still, a third of all the food there is thrown away. Now some producers and supermarkets are giving away food that's past its sell-by date to people in need.
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Lebanon: waste management crisis

Lebanon: waste management crisis

The waste crisis in Lebanon is a constant problem. It's due to the combination of corruption, poor governance and weak infrastructure seen in many countries. What can be done with the massive amounts of garbage, produced in our globalized world?
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Orangutan: Out of the cage and into the jungle

Orangutan: Out of the cage and into the jungle

On the Indonesian island of Sumatra, orangutans are being released into the wild. The female ape, Dora, who was raised in captivity, went to primate school at a reintroduction station, to prepare for release into the wild.
Christmas tradition: Nuremberg gingerbread

Christmas tradition: Nuremberg gingerbread

The southern German town of Nuremberg has been known for its gingerbread since the Middle Ages. It's a Christmas specialty that can be enjoyed at the local festive "Christkindlesmarkt".
Follow a DIY Christmas star

Follow a DIY Christmas star

Christmas decorations don't have to follow the rules of convention, as DIY-expert Han-Shuen Lee demonstrates. Just a few steps can transform wooden skewers and a styrofoam ball into a modern Christmas star.
Speed riding - soaring over the slopes

Speed riding - soaring over the slopes

Extreme athlete Ueli Kestenholz speeds down mountains while steering with a paraglider. He ploughs through the air, and flies through the snow - definitely not for the faint of heart!
Where is hygiene particularly important?

Where is hygiene particularly important?

We talk to Dr. Tobias Kramer from the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine in Berlin about washing your hands properly; and about the hotbed of bacteria in every home - the kitchen.
Blockade in the Sea of Azov

Blockade in the Sea of Azov

The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is re-kindling long-standing tensions. Have the two countries once again come to the brink of war?
Hungary Bans Homelessness

Hungary Bans Homelessness

The Hungarian state has made homelessness a crime. Anyone without a fixed address is sent to prison. That forces the homeless into hiding from the law. Aid organisations fear more will die in the winter cold.
Germany's Last Coal Mine Shuts Down

Germany's Last Coal Mine Shuts Down

Germany has ended coal mining. The people of the Ruhr see it as the bittersweet end to an era in their history. The pits were closed not so much for environmental as for economic reasons. Mining is no longer lucrative.
Integration at Stake for Italy's Villages

Integration at Stake for Italy's Villages

Calabria's aging villages could use migrant families. But the Italian government is threatening to end the integration project. A mayor has even been placed under house arrest for helping refugees more than allowed.