MEPs rejected all cuts in 2016 draft budget
Maria Koleva, Brussels
The cuts in the EU 2016 draft budget proposed by the Council were totally restored by the Budgets Committee (BUDG) MEPs on 28 and 29 September.
Merkel, Hollande to jointly address EP
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Upcoming parliamentary week in Strasbourg, October 5 to 8, will be remembered with the plenary debate on Europe with Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande and the visit of King Felipe VI of Spain.
Call on fostering strong narrative against hate
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Against the backdrop of the migration avalanche, recent data about the level of discrimination on grounds of religion shows clearly the other huge challenge Europe
Hungary expels via fast-track hearings
Hungary's border with Serbia is fortified not only by the newly built barrier but by heavy police and army patrols.
Operation against migrant smuggling
Some 46 individuals were detained for smuggling of people during a large-scale joint operation of the interior ministry, SANS and the Prosecutor’s Office throughout the country, announced Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov at a press conference. The operation aims to fight illegal migration and smuggling schemes in particular, said Tsatsarov. The whole campaign had been carefully planned by his office together with the Minister of Interior Rumiana Bachvarova.
Energy exchange to be launched on 8 December
Bulgaria’s energy exchange will be launched on 8 December, was revealed at the project’s first official presentation on 29 September.
The Syrian trap again
Prof. Mihail Konstantinov
Two years after we first wrote on this topic, our worst fears have come to pass. Now we are compelled to write about it again, hopefully for the last time, although most likely it won’t be. After first sinking into a painful mental stupor and then committing nearly every folly imaginable in response to the migrant tsunami that hit Europe, the world and especially European leaders are starting to exhibit some signs of common sense. We should probably attribute this improvement to them finally realising that if they remain inadequate, the situation could well have direct impact not only on their careers and bank accounts but on their personal safety too.
The government led by Alexis Tsipras set off last Wednesday on a difficult journey to the top of Mount Olympus, pushing a boulder along the way. This boulder is the agreement which Tsipras signed with foreign creditors in July (and later voted in the Greek parliament) in a last attempt to save Greece from banishment from the Eurozone.
Japan, US boost military ties
One of US Navy's most advanced aircraft carriers docked in Japan last Thursday at the start of a deployment that will strengthen the capability of the Seventh Fleet in Asia and boost ties between the US and its closest regional ally, Reuters reported.
Bombs deafen diplomacy
Only a few days after the heavy clash of the official stands of the presidents of the United States and Russia on the solution to the crisis in Syria at the United Nations, the explosion of bombs deafened the voice of diplomacy.
Balkans losing human capital, WB warns
A new World Bank report on the economies of six Balkan countries - Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia, published on 28 September, warns that the region is losing a vital part of its young and educated population and urges governments to take action to deal with the consequences. Economic activity in the six south east European countries (SEE6) is picking up speed, and growth in the region is expected to average 1.8% in 2015, compared to only 0.3% in 2014, the regular biannual report said. It is stimulated by recovery in domestic demand and developments in the global economy.
Volkswagen scandal turns to politicians
In the end, VW will not be the same company it once was, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said last Wednesday, stressing that the crisis, although very serious, did not pose a danger to the country's economy. “We will come out of this crisis stronger. We learn from crises,” he pointed out.
Shell abandons offshore Alaska drilling project
Royal Dutch Shell decided to abandon its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude, news wires reported. The move will appease shareholders who said the project was too expensive and risky. Environmentalists claimed victory and hope Shell leaves the Arctic forever.
Festivals: the heart of Europe
Culture is what brings Europeans together – across geographic, political and economic lines – in good times and in times of division. Many of the European Union’s most popular initiatives are culture-based. Festivals are fast becoming the most popular way to experience culture in Europe, with attendance that has grown drastically over the last decade. Some 250 leading personalities gathered to celebrate the 12 winners of the EFFE Awards 2015-2016, and the art that brings millions of people together each year.
There is too much politics and too little art in today's cinema
This subject has never died in Russia. When I make films, I don’t follow a fashion. I make a film if I have an interesting story to tell. But with the years I tend to ask myself more often the question what war actually means and what role it plays in our lives.
Artists paint themselves
Previously unexhibited self-portraits by contemporary Bulgarian artists have been displayed in the halls of the former National Art Gallery, present-day Sofia Palace, and some of the works represent nudes.
Cloister among sand pyramids
The Rozhen Monastery “Nativity of the Virgin Mary” is the largest cloister in the Bulgarian region of Macedonia in the Pirin Mountains and one of several Medieval Bulgarian sanctuaries preserved in a relatively good condition to this day.