Turkey struggles to deal with the marginalisation and radicalisation of its young Kurds. Ethnic tensions are rife, and clashes erupted between Kurdish groups and nationalist factions in the heart of Istanbul earlier this month. But the government has recently made overtures towards the Kurdish minority, which makes up close to 20 percent of Turkey's population.
The distress and irritation is mounting for the tens of thousands of passengers stranded days before the Christmas holidays. Eurostar says unprecedented weather conditions are behind the electrical failure that stopped trains from running.
Twenty years after the Romanian Revolution overthrew Communist dictator Ceaucescu, the eastern European state is trying to come to terms with its past. But many rue what they see as failure to bring those responsible to account.