Lauren Frayer

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Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.


In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Since 2001, possession or use of any drug has been treated as a health issue in Portugal. The country's drug-induced death rate has plummeted to five times lower than the European Union average.


In Madrid, A Plan To Fight Pollution By Shifting Away From Diesel-Run Cars

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Half of all cars in Europe run on diesel, compared to 3 percent in the U.S. But Madrid has vowed to ban diesel vehicles by 2025, to cut air pollution. Paris and Athens have made similar pledges.


Unlike Elsewhere In Europe, The Far Right In Spain Stays On The Fringe

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Amid the rise of far-right political parties in Europe, Spain has no similar movement. That may be due to its history under a dictatorship and Spaniards' own experience as impoverished migrants.


For Barcelona, Tourism Boom Comes At High Cost

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Many complain their magnificent city is being ruined by tourism. Some 30 million visitors arrive every year, bringing much-needed revenue — but crowding out longtime residents and businesses.


For Barcelona Activist Turned Mayor, The Anti-Corruption Goals Stay The Same

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ada Colau is a former Occupy activist, once arrested for blocking home evictions during Spain's economic crisis. Now she's Barcelona's mayor, a job in which, she says, "you're closest to the people."


For 'Dutch Donald Trump,' A Surge In Popularity Before March Elections

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Geert Wilders wants his country to return to its white, Christian roots, shut down mosques and exit the EU. He's favored to win March elections, though unlikely to become prime minister.


Spain's 'Robin Hood Restaurant' Charges The Rich And Feeds The Poor

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

As the country reels from its financial crisis, a new restaurant, run by a Catholic priest, lets paying daytime customers foot the dinner bill for homeless people to dine with dignity — and style.


A Prosperous Dutch Village Hopes For A Right-Wing 'Bit Of Revolution'

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Dutch village of Volendam is prosperous, picturesque — and a stronghold of Geert Wilders' far-right Freedom Party. Though it has few immigrants, Wilders' anti-immigrant message resonates.


With The Far-Right Rising, Dutch Create Their Own Parties For Immigrants

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

With an anti-immigrant party looking strong in the polls, new parties that support immigrants and minorities are cropping up in an attempt to serve as a counterweight.


In Spain, New Year's Eve Is All About The Grapes — Save The Bubbly For Later

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

As the clock strikes midnight, people in Spain gobble 12 grapes in quick succession, with wishes for the new year. Then, they go out to party all night long with cava, a Spanish sparkling white wine.


After Berlin Attack, Fears Rise In Europe Over Strikes On Soft Targets

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

As ISIS loses ground in Syria and Iraq, police in Europe are concerned the group may step up attacks in the holiday season. Meanwhile, Muslims in Europe report increased harassment and discrimination.


No Bitterness Here: Craft Beer Boom Boosts Spain's Hops Growers

Thursday, December 15, 2016

When Germany halted exports in WWII, Spanish brewers asked farmers in a town in northern Spain to plant hops. Now, the town produces 99 percent of the country's hops used by the craft beer industry.


Kids In Spain Rebel Against Homework, And Parents Are Their Biggest Boosters

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Children in Spain, facing up to three hours of homework a night, have put down their pens and pencils in protest. "We all want our children to succeed," says one father who supports the strike.


A Spanish Village Stays Afloat, Thanks To Corona Beer Tycoon

Monday, December 05, 2016

Antonino Fernandez, who made his fortune from Corona beer, died in Mexico in August at 98. But he never forgot where he came from — a tiny village in northern Spain that he helped support for decades.


In A First, Spain's Prado Museum Puts The Spotlight On A Female Artist

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Clara Peeters, a 17th century Flemish painter, hid tiny self-portraits in her still life paintings. She wasn't a household name, then or now, and just 40 or so of her paintings have survived.


Radio Station Lawsuit Highlights Battle Over Women's Rights In Israel

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A lawsuit against a religious radio station that won't hire women broadcasters highlights a battle over women's rights in Israel.


Women's Rights Become A Battleground For Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Some women in Israel's ultra-Orthodox community are pressing for greater rights in confrontations playing out at places including a radio station and the most important site for Jewish prayer.


As Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Enter The Workforce, High-Tech Beckons

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in Israel are increasingly seeking jobs in the secular world, with an eye especially on the high-tech sector.


A First In Gaza: A Female Treats Injured Male Soccer Players

Monday, November 07, 2016

Hanan Abu Qassem is one of a handful of female emergency medical technicians working at Palestinian soccer games. Stares and jeers don't faze her. "I'm anxious to be a very famous EMT," she says.