Pact for European youth launched
The Commission together with business launched last Tuesday at the Enterprise 2020 Summit the European Pact for Youth, a mutual engagement of business leaders and the EU to create a culture of business-education partnerships to improve the chances for young people of getting a job, the EU press service reported.
Social partners must be fully on board for TTIP
Maria Koleva, Brussels
A high level conference with main focus on ‘TTIP - what’s in it for the social partners’ was held at the EESC in Brussels on 17 November. It was jointly organised by the Luxembourg Presidency, the European Parliament and the Commission. Representatives of business federations and trade unions from across Europe were able to express their views, expectations, fears and concerns about the diverse aspects of TTIP.
Paris special forces find, battle attackers
After a nearly eight-hour-long police operation in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, which began at dawn on 18 November, a spokesman for the French government announced that all the terrorists were neutralised, three days after the bloody attacks in the French capital that shocked the world.
Bulgaria: First seven years in the EU
Nearly 80% of public investments in Bulgaria are funded by European programmes, reported Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds Tomislav Donchev during The First Seven Years in the EU conference. Interestingly enough Bulgaria is not a leader in this respect, trailing behind Slovakia (92%) and Hungary (88%), BTA notes. The net effect of the use of European funds on the Bulgarian economy is positive, said Donchev.
First digital marketing awards presented
The best digital campaigns of 2015 were celebrated during an international festival, organised by the Bulgarian branch of Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and held on 12 November in Sofia.
Paris terrorist attacks unite global players
Prof. Vladimir Chukov
When analysing the recent tragic events in Paris, it is necessary to go back a little further in time and distinguish between the latest attacks and the Charlie Hebdo shooting at the beginning of the year. The former was an act of aggression physically aimed at a satirical newspaper but symbolically at one of the basic tenets of democratic government, freedom of speech. It was also part of the Islamic World’s drawn-out response to the publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, started by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
War comes home
War in the heart of Paris, screams the headline of Le Figaro. Scenes of carnage, troops on the streets, politicians speaking, sirens in the background, terrified people in tears. The unfolding state of emergency triggers strange thoughts in my political head, but I try to pause. In exceptional moments like these, I remind myself, old-fashioned virtues are vital. Emotional distance, clear-headed thinking and prudent judgements become indispensable. So I ask: Setting aside all the media chatter and clatter, what do these local Paris events mean for the wider world? Will they have unintended effects? Might the cruel attacks have a broader historical significance? We can’t yet be sure of the answers, or even whether these are the right questions, but already some things ought to be clear. The attackers knew well what they were doing. Their violence was neither “mindless” nor “irrational” nor “mediaeval” nor somehow based on or guided by the Qur'an. In style and substance, the Paris violence was thoroughly 21st-century.
Riots in Kosovo over Serbia deal
Riots erupted in Kosovo with several hundred protesters running battles with police, who used tear gas and armored vehicles to try to disperse them. The revolt, headed by the opposition, demands that the government scrap an EU-brokered accord offering minority ethnic Serbs greater local powers and the possibility of some financing from Belgrade. Many among Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority are opposed to concessions made to Serbia. A week ago Kosovo's Constitutional Court has suspended the agreement with Serbia and it was due to rule on the constitutionality of the accord on Wednesday.
Paris climate summit limited to core talks due to security
France will limit a UN climate summit in Paris starting on 30 November to core negotiations and will cancel planned marches and concerts after the terrorist attacks last week that killed 129 people, PM Manuel Valls said last Monday.
UK phases out all coal plants by 2025
The UK will shut down by 2025 all still remaining coal-fired power stations, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced in a speech last Wednesday. The latest still working will be restricted by 2023, while at the same time investment in gas will provide the UK with a more secure long-term energy supply, she pointed out. In her words more gas-fired stations should be built since relying on “polluting” coal is “perverse”.
Multinationals claim they pay a lot of taxes
Eleven multinational companies were grilled last Monday by MEPs from the special tax rulings committee on their corporate tax practices in a five-hour debate, the EP press service reported.
Marriott buys rival Starwood for $12.2bn
Marriott International is buying Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for $12.2bn to create the world's largest hotel chain with top brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and the Autograph Collection.
Bulgaria welcomes The Voices of Italy
Young musicians following in the footsteps of the great Pavarotti – from 26 to 30 November the Italian musical theatre show Belcanto – The Luciano Pavarotti Heritage will tour Bulgaria. The tribute to the legendary tenor has six dates in its Bulgarian visit, starting on 26 November at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, followed by Rousse and then the Palace of Culture and Sport arena in Varna.
My strength lies in my ability to listen
Yes, that will be the end of my film career, exactly. No, that’s a joke. I’ve been in a dark room with no windows for thirty years. It’s time to go and see a little bit more.
Meeting place: Lovers' Bridge
Nine photographers and more than 50 Bulgarian and global celebrities joined together to promote passion for reading with the Book Lovers’ Bridge exhibition.
Return of the King
The legendary boyars and brothers Peter and Asen were brought back to life a week ago at the Church of St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Veliko Tarnovo and once again led their people in a revolt against the Byzantine Empire.