At least 22 were killed with more than 50 injured as a suicide bomber blew himself among fans of Ariana Grande
At least 22 people, including children, have been killed, while more than 50 were injured last Monday evening in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester. The horror happened in Manchester Arena at about 10.30pm at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande, whose music is popular with children and teenagers. The attack is the most deadly one in Britain in a decade. Witnesses in Manchester described how, after the concert had finished, the house lights came up and then a loud bang was heard. Manchester police confirmed that the bombing was the responsibility of one man armed with an improvised explosive device. The man is among the dead after blowing himself among the fans in the concert hall foyer. The followed panic left hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with youngsters separated from their parents in the chaos.
The interior ministers of Germany and Italy make the proposal in a letter to the Commission
The German and Italian interior ministers called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger as soon as possible to stem migrant crossings to Europe, news wires reported last week. Thomas de Maiziere and Marco Minniti have sent a letter to the European Com­mission on 11 May, of which AFP obtained a copy, saying they "are convinced that we all must do more" to "prevent that hundreds of thousands of people once again risk their lives in Libya and on the Mediterranean Sea in the hands of smugglers."
 
Two reports aiming to alleviate disparities within the EU regions were adopted by MEPs
Maria Koleva, Brussels
With a wide majority MEPs backed on 18 June at their plenary in Strasbourg a report urging to be preserved EU grants’ schemes for the poorer regions in the next financial period and proposing steps to make it easier to apply for European funds.
 
Greece falls again back into recession
Greece has fallen back into recession for the first time since 2012, official figures from Eurostat show. The country's GDP fell by 0.1% in the Q1 after shrinking by 1.2% in the final quarter of 2016. According to Markit's chief economist Howard Archer, Greece's return to recession was largely due to uncertainty over the bailout.
Member States have say on trade deals
Member States national parliaments have the right to veto an EU free trade deal with Singapore, according to the EU top court ruling issued last Tuesday.
Food squandering should be cut throughout EU
Squandering habits make it possible that every year 88 million tonnes of food, or 173kg per person, which are worth €143 billion, be thrown as a waste throughout the EU.
Balancing budget, reducing deficit
Balanced budget, a gradual reduction of the deficit and a conservative fiscal policy are some of the main points in the three-year budget forecast approved by the Council of Ministers, which sets out the framework for the development of public finances and the distribution of government expenditures across the board for the next three years. Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov presented this information to journalists on 17 May. The programme targets a gradual reduction of the deficit and reaching a balanced budget in 2020, the minister noted.
Shares of foreign companies to be traded on Bulgarian market
Shares of foreign companies will be traded on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) thanks to a project that has been in the works since last summer, announced Vasil Golemanski, chief executive officer of BSE. Called BSE International, the project envisions the establishment of a special platform in the Bulgarian market dedicated to the trading of shares of companies listed in European markets.
China's augur for changed global order
Shada Islam
Domestic quarrels and a distaste for global engagement may be the hallmarks of Donald Trump’s erratic presidency of the United States, but the world is moving on. On 14 May Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as French President, raising hopes of a re-energised European Union. On the same day in Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping showcased his ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI), an ambitious vision of a refashioned, interdependent and closely connected world.
Vulnerable new world
Prof. Mihail Konstantinov
In 1932 the famous novel Brave New World by English author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was published, preceding another dystopian and equally celebrated work by yet another Englishman – 1984 by Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. The story is set in the 26th century when society is shaped by artificial reproduction, eugenics and hypnopedia.
Macedonia's Zaev gets mandate
Macedonia's President Gjorge Iva­nov, bowing to strong international pressure, asked last Wed­nes­day the long-time opposition Social Democratic party (SDSM) to form a government, news wires reported. He handed the mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, who has formed a parliamentary majority by winning the support of ethnic Albanian parties. The new majority has the support of 67 of the 120 MPs. Zaev said he will try to form a government by the end of the month.
Trump embroiled in Russian scandals
Another series of revelations on the scandal surrounding US President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey has been brought to light by the New York Times. The publication claims that the fired FBI head documented his meetings with Trump and reveals the content of one particular memo.
China vows $124bn for new Silk Road
China's first ever Belt and Road summit, held in Beijing on 14 and 15 May, has reached a broad consensus and achieved positive outcomes, President Xi Jinping said at the end of the glorious forum, which gathered leaders from 29 countries. The Belt and Road initiative would work to ensure an open world economy, rebalance globalisation and work toward trade liberalisation, Xi said, adding that it would also boost support for green and low-carbon development.
New order in oil policy orchestrated
Russia and Saudi Arabia are orchestrating a new order in the world’s oil policy. Last Monday Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and his Russian counterpart Aleksander Novak agreed during a meeting in Beijing that their crude production cut would be extended from the middle of this year until March 2018.
Italy's Atlantia makes step to acquire Spain's Abertis
Italy's Atlantia bid last Monday €16.3bn for Spain's Abertis in an effort to create the world's biggest toll road operator with a market value of more than €36bn.
Two mysteries share one stage
Following its successful US tour, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares (the Mystery of Bulgarian Voices) choir is about to make its domestic fans happy with a new repertoire. There are two scheduled concerts – for 6 June at Hall Bulgaria in Sofia and 8 June at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv. The concerts will also feature the exceptional Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance.
Wisdom is in short supply
Pepa Vitanova, BTA
Normally, I would have an idea and take it on the road. I do not embark on journeys without doing the necessary research in the library first. This way, I know exactly what I am looking for when I am traversing the globe.
From needle to thread
Have you heard of cosplay? The term is gathering popularity these days. Ani Ivanova from Nakama Club and cosplayer Irina Tsapreva tell us more about this fascinating hobby in an interview with BGNES.
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UN Secretary-General speaks in Strasbourg
 
EP President Antonio Tajani (R) applauds UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who told the MEPs in Strasbourg on 17 May that global challenges require a strong EU. Photo: EPA

Iranians vote for president
 
Iranian girls show ink on their fingers after casting their ballots last Friday during the Iranian presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran. Photo: EPA

Tax protest in Brussels
 
Belgian demonstrators gather and hold banners "Stop using interims as modern slaves" to protest for a fairer taxation and better social protection in Brussels on 19 May. Photo: EPA

Mogherini sees European military HQ 'within days'
 
Defence ministers last Thursday gave the go-ahead for an EU military command centre to become operational "in the coming days", the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced. The establishment of the so-called military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) was agreed by all EU Member States in March. The MPCC is intended to assume command of EU support missions abroad.

Germany tightens asylum rules to ease deportations
 
The German parliament passed last Thursday legislation making it easier to deport failed asylum seekers. With the changes, authorities will be able to detain migrants due for deportation for 10 days rather than 4, and monitor by ankle bracelet those deemed dangerous. Freedom of movement for all failed asylum seekers will be restricted. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere praised the efforts to tighten asylum laws.

EU-ACP defend Paris climate deal despite US uncertainty
 
The EU and 79 Afri­can, Caribbean and Pacific countries reaffirmed their commitment to fully implement the Paris climate deal, urging all partners to do the same. The call was made at a UN climate change conference in Bonn, ahead of the upcoming G7 and G20 leaders' summits. “Today more than ever, Europe stands by its long-term partners most vulnerable to climate change,” Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said.

Czech PM accepts new finance minister to end cabinet dispute
 
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka accepted the nomination of former Microsoft executive Ivan Pilny as new finance minister on 17 May. Pilny, a leading parliamentarian for the centrist ANO party, was proposed by ANO founder Andrej Babis, a billionaire that the Social Democrat Sobotka wants dismissed due to suspicion he may have dodged taxes. Agreement on Pilny means the centre-left coalition could stay in power until the October election.

Sweden drops Assange rape allegation, he still faces arrest
 
Swedish prosecutors on 19 May dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, closing a nearly 7-year legal saga that led the WikiLeaks founder to seek sanctuary in Ecuador’s embassy in London. But British police said that Assange still faced arrest on charges of jumping bail if he walked out of diplomatic protection, which Assange claims is needed to keep him from being extradited to the US.

Time for Spinner
 
Children play with the newest trend toy, a hand gadget called the Fidget Spinner (or Finger Spinner) at a school in Bern. The toy, designed to help children with learning difficulties to relieve stress, is getting more popular around the world. Photo: EPA

Sts. Cyril and Methodius
 
Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Rila Monastery, 18th century. Magdalena Georgieva

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