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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.