Brexit agreement drafted in turmoil
Photo: EPA British PM Theresa May faces a Sisyphean task to pass the Brexit deal through House of Commons.

Brexit agreement drafted in turmoil

May's ministers quit en masse over divorce deal differences

After 18 months of negotiations, the United Kingdom and the European Union have finally drafted a Brexit deal, which includes a financial settlement and a customs union backstop to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, news wires reported. The draft document includes 585 pages and has to ve voted by UK parliament and parliament of the other 27 EU Member States in order to get legal status.

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  • EU and China to boost their cooperation in development

    EU and China to boost their cooperation in development

    The EU and China will seek synergies and concrete areas of cooperation to enhance bilateral development cooperation. This was underlined during the official mission to China of  Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. The commissioner reconfirmed the EU's interest to work with China on sustainable development and connectivity. As part of his programme in Beijing, he met with the Chairman of the newly-established China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) Wang Xiaotao. 

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  • Conciliation talks on EU Budget 2019 suspended

    Conciliation talks on EU Budget 2019 suspended

    The  Parliament and the Council suspended the talks on the EU budget for 2019 on Friday at night, as they didn’t succeed to reach a compromise during long hours of negotiation. The discussions will continue on Monday 19 November, the last day of the conciliation period, the EP Press Service announced. If they fail to find an agreement on a joint text on 19 November at midnight, the Commission must submit a new draft budget.

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  • Deputy PM Valeri Simeonov resigns

    Deputy PM Valeri Simeonov resigns

    Valeri Simeonov, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for economic and demographic policy, handed in his resignation on Friday evening. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov accepted it, as it was stated by the Government Information Service. From almost a month mothers of children with disabilities and their supporters held protests in Sofia and other towns across the country, insisting on Simeonov’s resignation. The two biggest opposition parties – the Socialists and the MRF, were also pushing for his departure.

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  • EU study shows positive evolution in antibiotics use

    EU study shows positive evolution in antibiotics use

    The EU Commission released on Thursday the results of a new Eurobarometer study on the public knowledge on antibiotics and overall trends in their use ahead of the 11th European Antibiotic Awareness Day. The study, conducted with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), shows that there has been a positive evolution in the use of antibiotics: 32% of people said they had taken antibiotics in the last twelve months, compared to 40% in the 2009 survey.

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  • Gabriel: Startups are the core of progress

    Gabriel: Startups are the core of progress

    Under the auspices of the European Commission, Sofia hosted on Thursday the Startup Europe Summit - Europe's annual rendezvous with actors from the European startup ecosystem, from innovators to investors and policy makers. The event, which was held in the Bulgarian capital for the first time, gave more than 500 attendees the opportunity to learn about EU funding opportunities, as the bloc has transformed into the biggest funding source for entrepreneurs, with a €10bn funding pool in the pipeline.

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  • Fortress by the sea shore

    Fortress by the sea shore

    On a steep-sloped peninsula, not far from the popular Black Sea resort of Sozopol, lie the remnants of Chrisosotiros, an antique fortress which archaeologists of the National Historical Museum have been studying in recent years. Now it is slowly revealing its secrets.

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  • Brexit agreement drafted in turmoil

    Brexit agreement drafted in turmoil

    After 18 months of negotiations, the United Kingdom and the European Union have finally drafted a Brexit deal, which includes a financial settlement and a customs union backstop to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, news wires reported. The draft document includes 585 pages and has to ve voted by UK parliament and parliament of the other 27 EU Member States in order to get legal status.

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  • Bulgaria, Macedonia governments to hold joint meeting

    Bulgaria, Macedonia governments to hold joint meeting

    The governments of Bulgaria and Macedonia will hold a joint meeting in early December. It will coincide with the inauguration of a section of the Strouma Motorway between Kresna and Sandanski, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists in Sofia Thursday, emerging from a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev.

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  • Organising the world through photography

    Organising the world through photography

    One of the most influential photographers of the 21st century, American Roger Ballen, made his first visit to Bulgaria to open his retrospective Archetypes at the Square 500 Gallery on 13 November. Two days later, he gave a lecture in which he talked about photography and what lies beyond it, about art that lasts and the stages his art has gone through over time.

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  • Mikhail Baryshnikov visits Sofia Opera

    Mikhail Baryshnikov visits Sofia Opera

    Mikhail Baryshnikov, viewed by experts as one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time, along with Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Vladimir Vasiliev, will play in his popular one-man show Brodsky / Baryshnikov on 19 and 20 January in Sofia Opera.

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