Lauren Frayer

Lauren Frayer appears in the following:

A Foot In Africa, A Foot In Europe: Divide Grows Wider In Ceuta

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Spanish city is physically part of Africa. About half of its people are more prosperous Europeans; half are Arabic-speaking Muslims disproportionately living in poverty. That disparity is growing.


No Goooaaal? Spain's Soccer Federation Suspends Season In Row Over Law

Thursday, May 07, 2015

At issue is a new law that allows poorer teams to share TV airtime and revenue more fairly. The law would break the monopoly of the league's two richest teams, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.


Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Arab and African migrants are landing on Spain's coast in a region with a 34 percent unemployment. That's created friction and prompted a debate about how best to help them.


Migrants New To Spain Say Human Traffickers Are The Scariest Part

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Migrants who have made the perilous trip across the Mediterranean say their journeys to Europe were made possible by a network of professional traffickers.


9 Months Pregnant, An African Woman Risks It All And Heads To Europe

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tatiana Kanga was nine months pregnant when she paid a Moroccan smuggler $1,290 so she and her toddler daughter could ride on a rubber boat, 14 harrowing hours from Africa to Europe.


European Leaders Address Migrant Crisis In Mediterranean

Monday, April 20, 2015

European leaders say they have come up with a plan in response to the flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean sea from Africa. If the death toll is confirmed in the latest tragedy Sunday, as many as 1,800 people have died making the perilous crossing to Europe so far this year.


The Fences Where Spain And Africa Meet

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spain has two tiny enclaves in North Africa, separated from Morocco by fences. Both of them are hugely tempting targets for migrants from across Africa who are desperate to reach Europe.


Hundreds Of African Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes In Mediterranean

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Up to 400 migrants are missing and feared dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday. Tens of thousands of migrants have attempted the hazardous journey from Africa to Europe and around 500 have died so far this year.


In A Spanish Enclave, Women Recruit Women To Join ISIS

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The tiny Spanish territory of Ceuta has been the home of an all-female recruiting ring that helped persuade Muslim women to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to Spanish authorities.


Questions Remain About Germanwings Co-Pilot's Illness

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The German co-pilot who deliberately flew an Airbus A320 into a mountainside had been deemed too sick to work but ignored the doctor's order. Investigators found the ripped up remains of the orders in searching his home.


Migrants Try To Enter Europe Through Spanish Territory In Africa

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Spanish city of Ceuta on North Africa's coast is surrounded by fences separating Spanish soil from Morocco. That fence is where thousands of migrants try to jump into Spanish territory each year.


This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.


Portugal Beckons With Back Alleys And Boarded-Up Businesses

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Forget cathedrals and wine houses. A new guided tour takes visitors to Portugal's slums to see the effects of Europe's economic crisis. This story originally aired March 10 on Morning Edition.


Portugal Beckons Tourists With Sun, History And ... Slums

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Forget the cathedrals and wine houses that have made Porto, Portugal, famous. A new guided tour takes visitors to back alleys and boarded-up businesses — the effects of Europe's economic crisis.


Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

Monday, March 02, 2015

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but also helps collect data that make the municipality run more efficiently.


Spain's Muslim Business Owners Feel Squeezed By New Zoning Proposals

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Catalonia is home to mainland Spain's largest Muslim population. But politicians in one area are proposing laws to "protect traditional Spanish businesses" that Muslim leaders say are discriminatory.


Banned From The Ride-Share Business In Spain, Uber Turns to Food Delivery

Friday, February 20, 2015

The ride-share company Uber has decided to try its luck arranging rides for takeout food after it is prohibited in Spain from carrying passengers.


Not A Group House, Not A Commune: Europe Experiments With Co-Housing

Monday, February 16, 2015

From urban high-density housing to rural communal living, Europeans are using the principle of co-housing — in which neighbors share space and resources, depending on their needs.


As In Greece, Voters In Spain Appear Ready To Oust Conservatives

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Thousands of supporters of the Spanish anti-austerity party, Podemos, marched through Madrid on Saturday. Polls show they could defeat Spain's mainstream parties in elections this year.


New Anti-Austerity Party Gathers Support In Spain

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Following the success of the Syriza party in Greece, another populist anti-austerity party is topping political polls in Spain, and could win power in elections this fall.