Kerry bets on strong Europe
The United States' alliance with the EU is “unbreakable”, US Secretary of State John Kerry said last Monday after meeting EU foreign ministers in Brussels. “The US-EU partnership is strong today, and will remain strong in the future. It is ensuring and it is unbreakable,” he told a news conference. Recalling the US contribution to liberating Europe, he said cooperation was as intense now as it has ever been and that all sides, including British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, were determined to have as smooth a transition in the relationships as possible, as Britain moves to leave the EU.
Emissions cuts in all sectors tabled
The Commission last Wednesday tabled a new proposal to accelerate transition to low-carbon economy by cutting emissions in transport, agriculture and buildings sectors, the EU press service reported. The new regulation aims at cutting greenhouse gas emissions for all Member States for sectors not included in the EU Emissions Trading System for the period 2021-2030.
Beating dairy crisis through curbing milk production
Maria Koleva, Brussels
In a try to curb the hindrance on the agricultural front and mainly the crisis diary farms and livestock sector face, the Commission tabled on 18 July a new aid package of €500m European money.
Failed coup in Turkey: Ruthless retribution rages on
The mass crackdown undertaken by the Turkish government in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in the early hours of 16 July has escalated to a full-blown purge last week.
BGN 658m invested in gas infrastructure
Bulgartransgaz, the state-controlled gas operator, is to invest over BGN 658m by 2018, according to the ten-year development plan of the company submitted for approval by the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission. Another BGN 300m is earmarked for investment for the rest of the period, between 2019 and 2025, in relation to necessary projects concerning Bulgaria’s network capacity.
Plotters underestimated civilians' reaction
Turkey has a history of military coups, with three or four successful ones in the past. But, as this latest attempt proved, in the age of modern communication technologies military, coups are impossible. Any move to use force to change the course of a country’s domestic policy should be condemned, irrespective of the perpetrators’ motives or goals.
More security or more rights? The choice is yours
The Latin word, to which the etymology of ‘terror’ can be traced back, translates in English as fright, fear of violent actions by authorities or individuals. This psychological state is precisely the terrorists’ goal and unfortunately they seem to be achieving it. Just look at the latest string of attacks. They have all been marked by the implicit terrorist motto ‘few victims, enormous impact’. Naturally, from the perspective of the victims’ families the loss of life is unimaginably cruel and completely devoid of sense. Their grief is immeasurable; there simply is no unit of measure devised by humans that could quantify that kind of emotional devastation. The sorrow and compassion, however, are accompanied by the planted seed of fear, mistrust of anyone who is different and doubting your values, the state and its institutions. Already there are disputes over how the police and special services should treat terrorists prompted by the horrific drama that played out recently in Bavaria. On 18 July a 17-year-old armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers on a train, seriously injuring five people.
Hostage drama in Yerevan
Armed men seized last Sunday a police station and took hostages in Armenia's capital Yerevan, killing one police officer before demanding Armenians take to the streets to secure the release of jailed opposition politicians, news wires reported. Their main demand to the authorities was to set free Jirair Sefilian, an opposition leader and former military commander, accused of plotting civil unrest. Sefilian was jailed in June over allegations of illegally possessing weapons. The gunmen have also demanded the resignation of President Serzh Sarkisian.
Trump clinches nomination
Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee last Tuesday after a roll call vote, as the last attempt of his opponents to block his candidacy failed, news wires reported.
Record cartel fine on truckmakers
The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth €2.93bn ($3.24bn), on five of Europe's top truck producers for conspiring to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF "colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers". Daimler received the biggest fine at €1.01bn while Volkswagen escaped a €1.2bn fine as it alerted the cartel to the EC.
G20 seeks to soothe post-Brexit jitters
Finance heads from the world's leading economies eye confronting fresh fears about protectionism when they meet in China in the weekend, with Brexit fallout and dwindling policy options to boost global growth expected to dominate talks, news wires reported.
Lamda to turn crumbling airport into luxury resort
A crumbling former Athens airport complex housing now thousands of stranded migrants is to be transformed into one of Europe's biggest coastal resorts under a plan by a Greek development company, Reuters reported.
Art marathon on Black Sea coast
Ivaylo Hristov, whose film Losers won the Grand Prix of the Moscow International Film Festival last year and who chaired the jury of the forum’s 2016 edition, is in something of a competition with beloved clarinetist Ivo Papazov-Ibryama. The two are among the stars at the forthcoming Apollonia Festival of Arts in Sozopol and are already rumoured to be the frontrunners for the Apollo Toxoforos prize, traditionally bestowed by the Apollonia Foundation on individuals with exceptional contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture in the country and abroad.
Path of classical music to Senate of Canada
A Bulgarian is playing the violin in the Senate of Canada. Her eyes closed, the fiddlestick darts over the strings, making the air vibrate with Native American melodies. An awed hush has settled over the hall, where an audience made up entirely of politicians is enthralled by her performance. The final accords are met with a round of enthusiastic applause.
Watercolour back in vogue
The first edition of the International Watercolour Triennial is showing exactly 271 works by 201 foreign and 70 Bulgarian artists in the Black Sea city of Varna. You can feast your eyes on this explosion of colours, styles and techniques.
Apollo's city on Black Sea
Sozopol, the oldest town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coastline, is located 30 km southeast of Burgas, on a rocky peninsula shooting far out into the sea.