Special corps will teach solidarity to young people
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Presenting its “Investing in Europe's Youth” package, the Commission launched on 7 December the European Solidarity Corps, which will engage young Europeans in voluntary activities helping vulnerable people throughout the Union and thus will contribute to society.
Milk price recovery steady but fragile
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Productivity in EU agriculture is slowly but steadily growing and farming markets are recovering despite the hardships the sector has passed trough over the last years.
Clampdown on foreign fighters and 'lone wolves' across Europe
Foreign fighters and 'lone wolves' training and preparing terrorist attacks on European soil will be criminalised under new EU-rules to fight terrorism backed last Monday, the EP press service reported.
Italy at crossroads after stormy No vote
Italy’s future is hard to predict after the resounding victory of the No vote in last Sunday's referendum on constitutional reform. Snap elections in February emerge as the most likely scenario, but the big question is with what kind of electoral law.
Last attempt to form government
As expected, the leader of the socialists Kornelia Ninova returned the mandate for forming a government within the 43rd National Assembly, with which President Rosen Plevneliev had presented her on 7 December. The merry-go-round was put into motion a week ago when Plevneliev gave a mandate to outgoing PM Boyko Borisov, who returned it immediately. Following her meeting with the president, Ninova said that her party urged Plevneliev to appoint an interim government as soon as possible so as to prepare for snap elections.
Invest Agency with nearly BGN 300m in projects
As of November 2016, the InvestBulgaria Agency (IBA) has certified 18 projects to the combined tune of BGN 297.4m, which are expected to create 4,044 jobs. By comparison, the projects were half that number at the same time last year, Stamen Yanev, executive director of IBA, told journalists.
Europe has never liked borders
The history of Europe begins with a crossing over the Mediterranean - and not a voluntary one. It begins, in fact, with kidnapping, rape, forced exile, refuge, and resettlement.
Leading straight into digital age
At the moment there is a lot of buzz about the 4th Industrial Revolution. But what we need to address is something that is even bigger - the beginning of the end of the industrial age and our gradual entry into the digital age. The 4th Industrial Revolution is only one part of that much bigger story.
Joint fire on terrorist propaganda
The Internet giants are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online, news wires reported. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google's YouTube announced last Monday they will set up a shared database to help them track and remove "violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos". The database will contain the digital "fingerprints" of the images and videos, allowing the tech firms to identify potential terrorist content more efficiently, the companies said in a statement.
Trump warns of 35% outsourcing tariff
President-elect Donald Trump threatened companies with a 35% tariff on goods sold back to the United States if they move their operations outside the country.
Three more banks fined for Euribor
The European Commission fined the banks Credit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase a total of €485m ($520m) for their part in a cartel to fix the price of financial benchmarks linked to the euro. They were part of a seven-bank cartel that colluded between September 2005 and May 2008 to distort the Euribor benchmark interest rate used to reflect the cost of interbank lending. Credit Agricole was fined €114.7m, HSBC €33.6m and JPMorgan Chase €337.2m. Deutsche Bank, RBS and Societe Generale admitted guilt in December 2013. Barclays avoided a fine because it alerted the Commission.
Global arms business booms, US dominates
Defence firms from the US and Western Europe dominated global arms sales in 2015, but sales by companies in Russia and South Korea were seen on rise, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report released last Monday.
Volkswagen bets on urban mobility with Moia brand
German carmaker Volkswagen pushed ahead last week with the extension of its mobility services seen by many analysts as the future of the auto industry, news wires reported. The company's new business segment would be united under the brand name Moia. It would be headquartered in Berlin and would initially be run by a team of just 50 people.
Best of Italy cinema
The Italy Today themed series of film screenings featuring some of the best examples of Italian filmmaking released in the past three years will tour four Bulgarian cities. Some of the titles have already been shown in Plovdiv, Varna and Rousse but the official launch of the event is to take place on 12 December at the Home of Cinema theatre in Sofia in the presence of H.E. Stefano Baldi, ambassador of Italy to Sofia. His Excellency will present the screening of director Felice Farina’s Patria starring Francesco Pannofino and Roberto Citran.
Conducting is a mystery
Each autumn I focus on the arrangements for the next Buxton Festival edition, which is regularly held in the summer, I prepare operas, I compose and give recitals in addition to my traditional concerts. As a teenager, Sir Neville’s son, Andrew, who is a dear friend of mine, introduced me to his father.
Art transformations at Haus Wittgenstein
Seven of Vienna’s best known contemporary artists have teamed up for a joint exhibition of paintings, installations and sculptures at the Haus Wittgenstein Bulgarian Cultural Institute.
Masterpiece of Thracian painting
Thracian art can boast many masterpieces, but doubtless the frescoes of the Alexandrovo tomb stand out among them. Unearthed in 2001 during excavation works near the village of Alexandrovo, 20 km northeast of the town of Haskovo, the tomb dates to the 4th century BC, and judging by its impressive size and valuable frescoes, it is very likely that a noble Thracian ruler was buried in it.