Macedonia’s prisons are amongst the worst anywhere, as recent European and State Department reports have attested.
Why is there substantial per cent of adult Bulgarians reliant on pills to get by? When did this start? Is it abuse of the system by doctors – prescribing drugs far too easily as a cure-all?
Kosovo Albanians are socially conservative and rarely marry outside the community.
Serbian and Croatian police do not have the political backing to confront child sex abuse crimes of the clergy. Clergy enjoy ‘de facto’ protection of state institutions, and judges and police are instructed not to proceed with such cases.
The roots of violence are socially accepted in religion, tradition and culture of the Balkan countries.
The continuing appeal of the canon (like the one of Leke Dukadjini), as well as conventional heritage prohibits premarital sex to a tribal society, especially in the rural north.
Barrenness is a social stigma in the Balkans - but those who attempt to get round this by obtaining surrogate mothers run up against once obstacle after another.
The war in Kosovo in the late 1990s left a large number of women, some very young, as widows.
Taboos change – rapidly. Homosexuality was once a taboo in Western Europe, as was “living in sin”, [i.e. outside marriage], abortion, childlessness, physical disabilities, atheism and suicide