No negotiations will be held before the formal notification comes
Maria Koleva, Brussels
The summer European Council and the next day's EU27 breakfast without the UK's PM deepened the feeling that the EU-UK divorce will be a complicated and knotty one. But for sure it showed that the harsh and lukewarm comments, aired on previous days from some European capitals and urging Britain swiftly to present a formal notification for withdrawal so to end the marriage as soon as possible, have somehow mollified and softened up. On 28 June all EU heads of state and government gathered in Brussels at their summit and the main point on the agenda was what the political sequels of the Brexit poll results.
The aim is to end uncertainty and to save EU's integrity by countering possible domino effects
Maria Koleva, Brussels
The wish of the majority of the citizens of the UK should be respected via a swift and coherent implementation of the withdrawal procedure, said MEPs in a resolution on the outcome of the British referendum. It was passed by 395 to 200, with 71 abstentions after an emotional and heated debate during the EP extraordinary session in Brussels on 28 June.
Scenarios and speculations prevail while London teeters
With the days following the Brexit referendum passing, speculations prevail on what London will finally choose in order to go out of the mess it has created. While PM David Cameron said last Monday he considered the referendum binding, he was not in a hurry to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty that would trigger the beginning of an exit.
ECB to hold fire after referendum
The European Central Bank is in no rush to ease monetary policy in response to Britain's vote to leave the EU, taking comfort in a calmer-than-feared market reaction, bank officials said last Wednesday cited by news wires.
British referendum is a warning to the elites
Yana Yordanova
I was surprised to hear that the British used telephone and online surveys by way of opinion polls. This is highly unprofessional. Generally, such surveys are done on the ground by pollsters using questionnaires.
Budget 2017 bets on jobs, growth and migrant crisis
The Commission proposed last Thursday the 2017 draft EU Budget of €134.9bn in payments focusing on the two main policy priorities for Europe: supporting the ongoing recovery of the European economy and addressing the security and humanitarian challenges in our neighbourhood, the EP press service reported.
Further steps to stem irregular migration
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Migration was one of the important topics during the European Council meeting on 28 June, when EU leaders agreed on substantial steps on stemming irregular migration.
Sofia seeks EU stance on energy projects
Bulgaria expects the European Union’s official stance on energy issues in the country stemming from the Belene NPP and South Stream pipeline projects, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told journalists in Brussels on 29 June. “The relations between Russia and Turkey are quite unpredictable and you never know where they might head next. To the best of my knowledge, presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan have held a conversation, it is their business really. But you can see for yourselves, one moment South Stream is said to be moving forward and the next it is dropped, this is indicative of a bilateral policy of extremes,” Borisov commented.
Human smugglers turn migrants into slaves
Nadia Ilieva
An international discussion on the point of intersection between the migrant wave and smuggling of human beings brought together experts from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Organisation for Migration, as well as numerous non-governmental organisations and foundations in Sofia.
Britain spoke, and Europe should listen
Etienne Davignon
Britain has sent Europe a message. Europe now needs to heed what has been said, because the same message is being repeated often and loudly by our own citizens. We cannot now ignore the tremors of anger and frustration that have led to the most significant shake-up in the European order since German reunification.
Let it Brexit
Svetlozar Stoyanov
The British are different. No matter how much we would like to think of them as Europeans just like us, the British, gentlemanly faithful to their snobbish tendency, have a slightly different view on the matter, made patently obvious by the result of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
Three Amigos closer than ever
United States President Barack Oba­ma went to Ottawa last week to the so called Three Amigos summit with clear intention to demonstrate full political alignment with other North American leaders. His talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were focused on the importance of trade, economic integration amid fallout over the Brexit vote and a rise in protectionist sentiment, news wires reported.
Terror hell at Istanbul airport
Broken ceiling panels littered the kerb outside the arrivals section of the international terminal after three suspected suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul's main airport, killing 43 people and wounding 239 at 21.50 local time on 28 June.
Russia extends ban on West food imports
President Vladimir Putin signed last Wednesday a decree for extending Russia’s ban on imports of Western food until the end of 2017. At the same time the decree says that the government may offer proposals to change the ban's terms "when necessary". Russia’s extension of the ban came a few days after EU ambassadors agreed to roll over their sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2017 due to the lack of progress on the Minsk peace process to end the fighting in east Ukraine.
Wider Panama Canal opens for business
Amid exploding fireworks and waving flags, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers passed last Sunday through the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future, news wires reported.
Volkswagen pays $15bn to settle US emissions scandal
Volkswagen solved last Tuesday a big problem stemming from the diesel emissions scandal by agreeing to pay nearly $15bn to settle claims in the US, news wires reported.
Nabucco, another grand project of Sofia Opera
The Sofia Opera and Ballet is constructing a new imposing stage in July – this time on the north side of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, where from 23 to 31 July Giuseppe Verdi’s first historical epic drama, Nabucco, will be brought to life in a series of six shows. The latest project of director Plamen Kartaloff is the second one to use the striking setting of the memorial temple as natural staging following the 2014 production of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky.
I get more nervous off stage
Irina Gigova
When you dance on stage you feel the attention of the audience – they follow you, they believe you, they like the fact that you create different characters, and that without doubt gives the artist a great pleasure.
My reverse
Lilyana Karadzhova, Novinar Daily
Ina Hristova, Ani Antonova and Violeta Hristova present a joint project dedicated to the human spiritual need for reflections. The artistic trio interprets the reflected duplications with visual techniques and words converging on a mirror image.
Town of good luck
Adelina Lozanova
The small Bulgarian coastal town of Ahtopol is located on a rocky peninsula at the foot of the Strandzha Mountain 80 km south of the city of Burgas. Once a fishing and commercial settlement, today the town is a popular Black Sea resort with a rich history.
In Brief
Slovakia at the helm
Slovakia took over the EU Presidency on 1 July amid a roaring Brexit crisis, with President Andrej Kiska and PM Robert Fico welcoming Juncker in Bratislava. Photo: © EU

Tusk summons EU 27
EU President Donald Tusk announced last week that an extraordinary EU summit will be held on 16 September in Bratislava in order to discuss and chart the future of the Union after Britain decided to leave. Photo: EPA

Schaeuble urges unity
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wants to deepen cooperation between the 27 remaining Member States after Britain decided to quit, proposing measures that include further freedom of movement and joint asylum policy. Photo: EPA

Johnson - out, May and Gove - in the Tory leadership race
The former London mayor announced on 30 June he would not be taking part in the contest to succeed David Cameron, who resigned as Tory leader and PM. Johnson said he did not believe he could provide the leadership or unity needed, leaving someone else to deal with the post-Brexit chaos. The main remaining contestants in the race are Justice Secretary Michael Gove, his colleague in the leave campaign, and Home Secretary Theresa May, who campaigned to stay in the EU.

Plans to force all Member States to adopt euro revealed
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will force all 8 remaining EU countries to adopt the euro after Brexit, Britain's Daily Express reports. According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, there were plans afoot to accelerate the 'completion' of the monetary union. The eight EU members who do not currently use the euro are Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.

Britons rush to apply en masse to get Irish passports
Thousands of Britons have inquired about getting an Irish passport after the UK voted to exit the EU. Ireland's embassy in London was flooded with applications, while post offices in Northern Ireland ran out of forms. Over 4,000 passport enquiries were fielded to the embassy for a single day, compared to the 200 it usually gets, according to diplomatic sources. Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan called the surge “unnecessary”.

Malta ready to take over Britain's EU presidency
Malta is open to discuss taking over the UK rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2017 following Britain's vote to leave the bloc, Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said. “Should the EU request Malta to extend its presidency, we will discuss,” he told lawmakers in Valetta, adding that the British vote to leave “will have serious repercussions on each and every EU Member State”. Estonia also expressed readiness to take over part of the UK's EU presidency.

Fight against terrorism should be main priority for Europeans
The fight against terrorism (82%) and the fight against unemployment (77%) should be the main EU priorities, according to the vast majority of people, surveyed in a special Eurobarometer study carried out by the EP. In addition, 75% of respondents wanted more EU action in the fight against tax fraud while 74% considered migration a priority. Three-quarters of Europeans (74%) believe that what brings them together is more important than what separates them.

Anti-Leave demonstration in London
People take part in a demonstration against the Brexit referendum results in Trafalgar Square, central London, 28 June. Photo: EPA

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