Gallup Survey: Half of the Bulgarians Think that the State Is to Blame for Their Problems

About half of the Bulgarians believe that the state is to blame for their problems. This way of thinking is more common among the older people, while the younger ones blame themselves for their personal problems more. The data is from a Gallup International survey, part of a sociological agency's monthly research program.

A day after resignation, Bishop Amvrosios says he has no regrets

A day after his resignation, the ultra-conservative Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta, who often spoken disparagaingly of gays and gained notoriety for his support of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party, declared on Monday that he has no regrets.  

During the Sunday Mass in which he announced his resignation, he had apologized for causing any upset with his statements. 

Not even 15 years

So, instead of life, special police guard Epaminondas Korkoneas got 13 years. Not even 15 to match the age of his victim, Alexis Grigoropoulos, to represent - if only symbolically - each year of a life that was so violently terminated on December 6, 2008, on Tzavella Street in the downtown Athens neighborhood of Exarchia.

Albanian Museum Keeps Memories of Communist Terror Alive

"Shkoder suffered very much in the first years of communism, especially from 1956 to 1960, when the city was like a communist prison," the historian and curator of the Site of Witness and Memory Museum, Pjerin Mirdita, told BIRN.

The historian and curator of the Site of Witness and Memory Museum, Pjerin Mirdita, shows visitors some documents. Photo: BIRN/Madalin Necsutu.

Editorial: Without self-deceptions

As would be expected public opinion is focused on the new government.

Its decisions and actions will affect the lives of everyone, both those who voted it into office and those who did not.

Thankfully, its first moves indicate that the government has no self-deceptions about what lies ahead.

Sofia Hosts a Regional Conference on the Violence Against Children

Bulgaria's capital Sofia hosts a regional conference on the prevention and elimination violence against children organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies, the State Agency for Child Protection, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and non-government organizations.

Bosniak Ex-Fighters Tried for Abusing Serb Civilian Prisoners

The trial of Zijad Srabovic, Refik Morankic, Ahmet Bajric, Abid Arapcic, Senaid Cosic, Pasaga Cajic, Samir Dzambic and Mirsad Zilic, who are charged with the inhumane treatment, torture and murder of civilians detained in the city of Lukavac and nearby Modrac from June to October 1992, opened at the Bosnian state court in Sarajevo on Tuesday.