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The Tragedy of State Run Children's Homes (#2837)

Bulgaria: Appalling Conditions in Children's Homes - Over the past decade, more than 200 disabled children have died in Bulgaria's state-run children's homes. Here children were tied up to beds, mistreated and given sedatives. Preliminary findings suggest that most of the deaths were caused by malnutrition and neglect. After Romania, Bulgaria is the next country to find itself embroiled in a scandal about children's homes. Hundreds of children with disabilities were allegedly tortured in state-run institutions, and police are investigating over 200 deaths.

Bosnia: Refugees Stuck in Long-term Camps - Fifteen years after the end of the war in the Balkans, conditions in parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina remain abysmal. Thousands of people are still housed in refugee camps built to provide temporary shelter right after the war ended.

Spain: Return of Subletting - When times were good, many Spaniards took out big mortgages to buy houses and apartments. Now a good percentage are unemployed and unable to make their payments. Increasingly, these financially strapped homeowners are renting out part of their dwellings.

Finland: Bonuses for Teachers - Pupils in Finland are thought to be among the brightest in Europe. They regularly score well in the OECD's PISA assessment tests. That's due in large part to their highly dedicated teachers. Finland has a bonus system that rewards educators who go the extra mile.

France: Global Warming Changes the Taste of French Wines - Climate change is causing headaches for France's winemakers. The grapes are ripening earlier and that is already altering the taste of quality wines from the regions of Burgundy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: EUROPEAN JOURNAL looks beyond the headlines and sound bites to deliver relevant, unbiased and imaginative reporting on the events shaping the political, economic and cultural landscape of Europe. Each week, teams of journalists, photographers and producers scour the continent in search of stories with impact and meaning for American viewers, while alternating presenters Jim Gibbons and Cathy Smith provide in-depth analysis on this dynamic region.

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