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Rendez-vous: Zittau – in the middle of Europe but not at the centre of the EU

Prize-winner 2020
CIVIS AUDIO AWARD – Short Programmes

Writer:Peter Voegeli
Editorial:Ivana Pribakovic
Producer:Ivana Pribakovic
Documentary, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

The Saxon city of Zittau borders the Czech Republic and Poland, benefitting like few other regions in Germany from the EU, its money and its open borders. But Zittau is a stronghold of the Eurosceptic AfD that is distancing itself from the rest of the world. Many residents suggest that the European Union favours the Czech Republic and Poland.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
This programme is a successful example of how to impartially approach an issue, while enthusiastically addressing it. The writer allows the audience an unexpected insight into Europe, using the example of a small city on Germany’s eastern border.

europe / european solidarity    right wing populism/ right wing radicalism/ right wing extremism   

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