Last month, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls reignited a row over the expulsion of Roma. It was the government of Nicolas Sarkozy who first paid Roma to go back to Romania; now Socialist Mr Valls has picked up the hot potato of French politics. According to him, some Roma will never integrate into French society and should be sent away - but certain elements of the community are trying hard to become part of French life and are making sure their children have a typically French upbringing.
Despite a diplomatic breakthrough on the Syrian front and overtures made by the new Iranian president, Israeli authorities want verifiable progress to be made in doing away with Syria's chemical arsenal and Iran's nuclear facilities. They also say that Hezbollah, who they call Iran's proxy in southern Lebanon, has been re-arming and preparing for war. Meanwhile, Syria's ally Iran wants the same logic of non-proliferation to be applied to Israel itself.
Anxious residents of Spain’s east coast want answers after the government admitted there was a link between hundreds of minor earthquakes and an offshore gas storage scheme. The Castor plant is using an old oil field’s depleted underwater reservoir in a project designed to create a liquefied gas reserve equivalent to 30% of Spain’s needs. But 300 tremors in the space of just two weeks has left locals terrified of what might happen next.
The French government seems determined to abolish prostitution, but over the border in Germany they've done just the opposite. Ten years ago, prostitution was legalised. Since then the country has earned the title as Europe's biggest brothel - and with good reason. The country is now home to the greatest number of prostitutes on the continent, although many are yet to have proper work contracts.
Libya has faced no shortage of social, political, and economic challenges since its uprising. The latest crisis concerns the country's rich historical and archaeological heritage. The Cyrene Necropolis in eastern Libya is under threat from local residents, who have already destroyed sections of it to build homes on what they consider to be their land.