As Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first half of 2013 RTÉ Archives reflect on the past 40 years of membership and what it means to be European.
This exhibition presents different aspects of what it means to be European with its rich diversity of language, food, culture, politics and history.
The clips presented here provide snapshots of the diversities and similarities of European lives. The individual and collective stories are as varied as the language and culture and include: the Italian mafia; farmers in Denmark; sexual morals in Germany; long distance lorry drivers; an Irish poet in Paris; the first Latvian woman President; attitudes to the introduction to the EURO; and many more.
A look at sexual morals, promiscuity, prostitution and legal brothels in Germany.
Reporter Brian Cleeve on life in southern Italy, crime and the mafia, the church and changes in agriculture.
Young people give their views on Europe, European unity and what it means to be German.
New and more intensive methods of farming being employed in Denmark. With the agricultural issue central to Ireland's membership to the EEC, what can Ireland learn from our Danish neighbours?
A village in Sweden for troubled, delinquent or disturbed young people.
The EEC and the future of Ireland and its relationship with its neighbours.
Reactions from people on the streets of Dublin following a "yes" vote in a referendum for Ireland to join the EEC.
Irish writer Séan O Faoláin comments about life in Naples, and rural Italy.
A visit to modern day Belgium and its central position in a united Europe. Irish immigrant Geri Collins talks about her work in Brussels, her quality of life, and her general feeling of social isolation.
Irish poet John Montague from Co. Tyrone recalls time spent in Paris and returns to Montparnasse where he lived for 10 years.
A report on the journey across Europe taken by the long distance lorry driver Stoney Burke. A look at the changing landscape, infrastructure, and life on the road on a journey in a truck across Europe. "The long distance truck driver is the true existential man."
Food and song are shared in Brittany for the celebrations of the twinning of four West Cork Gaeltacht villages and four Breton villages.
A discussion on Europe and what it means to be European from a cultural perspective with opinions from a diverse range of commentators.
The reaction among people in Dublin to the introduction of the Euro currency.
A look at life in Latvia through the eyes of Latvians. 'Eastlink' visits Riga, the capital of Latvia, and examines the diversity of nationalities and degrees of social and cultural integration.
Thousands turn out in Dublin to celebrate the 'Day of Welcomes' as the European Union has its largest expansion. All kinds of sights and sounds turned out to celebrate.