First talks hint of hard Brexit
The Brexit talks were officially launched last Monday in Brussels with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, pointing out that he was “not in the frame of mind to make concessions or ask for concessions,” news wires reported. British media commented his words as a hint that the negotiations are going on a road to hard Brexit. Barnier also said that there would be “substantial” consequences from Brexit for both sides.
Tax intermediaries to get tough regulation
The Commission proposed last Wednesday tough new transparency rules for intermediaries - such as tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.
Managing migration by new rules, creating legal avenues
A day before the important European Council meeting where migration is topping the agenda, a conference on migration management was held at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Romania left party ousts its own PM
Romanian PM Sorin Grindeanu was last Wednesday forced from power by his own party, in a no-confidence vote in parliament, news wires reported. He lost the censure motion by 241 votes to 10 after beeing at the post for less than six months.
Effective values-based Union to guard the future of Europe
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans hosted last Monday a high-level meeting with fourteen representatives from philosophical and non-confessional organisations from across Europe with the aim to discuss the future of Europe, the EU press service reported.
Burning hell under Portugal sky
More than 2,000 firefighters battled Portugal's deadliest wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 64 people, while authorities came under mounting criticism for not doing more to prevent the tragedy.
The therapeutic effect of Brexit
The European Union has drastically improved its image and rating of approval since the fairly recent slump, shows a survey conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center published mere days ago. A year removed from the UK referendum, European citizens have improved their opinion of the EU, the results suggest.
Terror and counter-strike
Prof. Mihail Konstantinov
Since 2015, terror attacks in Europe have become more frequent, to the point of regular; it is hard to keep track of the attackers’ names, even as not all of them have been identified. But there is one name we are likely to remember – that of a slightly demented subject of The Crown, an alcoholic, homeless man, who is father of four.
Quiet coup in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's King Salman made last Wednesday a kind of a quiet coup in the kingdom by removing his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince and elevating his son Mohammed bin Salman to this position, news wires reported. According to a royal decree, the 31-year old prince would become deputy prime minister as well and will retain defence, oil and other portfolios he has already had. At the same time Mohammed bin Nayef was relieved of all positions.
Russia and US in conflict that risks turning armed
Russia’s defence ministry said it will treat as targets US-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, after the US military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on 18 June.
Germany to focus on free trade at G20
Germany wants to make progress in its presidency of the G20 on improving free and fair trade and will try to get broad agreement on open markets at next month's leaders' summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel said last Tuesday. She cautioned, however, that this might not be easy with US President Donald Trump who has made waves with his protectionist rhetoric. “Open markets and free, fair sustainable and inclusive trade is a key focus of our G20 presidency,” said Merkel.
Russia builds artificial islands to ship LNG
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed last Saturday a decree for the creation in the Barents Sea of four artificial islands, the Cabinet of Ministers announced on its website. It is reported that artificial objects are created in the Kola Bay for the arrangement of offshore structures.
Boeing, Airbus seek to outperform each other
The biannual Paris Air Show, the biggest of its kind, opened last Monday at Le Bourget with all eyes at aviation giants Airbus and Boeing, which were set to use the show once again to beef up their order books, news wires reported.
Munich Film Festival rolls out red carpet
The 35th Munich Film Festival rolled out the red carpet on 22 June for film stars, celebrities and fans, with a programme of 180 films from 60 countries. "This is a sensational selection of films," festival director Diana Iljine told DPA. The 12 films in competition will run for top two prizes: CineMasters best film award and CineVision award for the best newcomer director. The festival opened with the French film Un Beau Soleil Interieur, starring Juliette Binoche. The festival will end on 1 July with the screening of the British film Their Finest, featuring acting legend Bill Nighy.
An orchestra is a microcosm of society
To me, the Sofia Philharmonic is and has always been a very special orchestra. I had my first concert with it in 2001 and later the then-director Yavor Dimitrov invited me to be a visiting principal conductor.
She-wolf seen as nursing life
In Bulgaria’s contemporary art, Emil Popov is known for his sculptures of stone, metal, clay and wood. His expressive masterpieces carry the energy of the earth and create the impression of freedom of movement, while leaving a sense of deep connection with the artwork. The artist’s cohesive relationship with nature infuses his works with power and energy.
From Hesychasm to revolution
The “St. Archangel Michael” Monastery of Dryanovo is located in a scenic karst valley at the foot of steep rocks some 4km away from the town of Dryanovo and to the south of the former Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo.