According to Orhan Pamuk, the melancholy of Istanbul is hüzün, a word whose Arabic root indicates a sense of longing, a spiritual loss but also a bright and optimistic way of looking at life. The word appears five times in the Koran.
"It will become clear, when it becomes clear."
Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov on the topic if and when pensions will be increased
Monday is a bad day not only for the Greeks, who have to wake up to the grim reality of having to go to work, but also for Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. This man, still idolised by many Bulgarian women in spite of his plummeting political popularity, revealed in an eye-opening interview for major newspaper Trud that he dreads Mondays and tries to avoid using the bathroom on such days.