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Merkel Warns US, Britain no Longer Reliable Partners

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday, reported AFP.

“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.

“We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added.

While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny,” Merkel went on.

Special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, she said.

The chancellor had just returned from a G7 summit which wound up Saturday without a deal between the US and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the 2015 Paris climate accords.

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Enhanced Security Measures in Sofia Due to Levski-CSKA Football Game Tonight

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The Interior Ministry reports enhanced security measures due to the football match between the eternal rivals of Levski and CSKA at the Vasil Levski Stadium downtown Sofia at 6.30 pm today.

The police officers have received the task to prevent any incidents.

The fans of both teams shall be accompanied and guarded along two different routes to the stadium with the purpose of safety, reported the Bulgarian National Radio.

Minors shall be allowed only with an adult person accompanying them and with a written declaration signed.

No guns, bombs, knives, sticks, perfumes, umbrellas, etc. are allowed into the stadium.

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19 Foreigners Without Identity Documents Were Detained in the Area of “Trayanovi Vrata” Tunnel

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

19 foreigners without identity documents were detained by officials from Kostenets Regional Police Department. This was announced by the Ministry of Interior press center.

Policemen responded to a signal that had arrived at noon today, about a group of people on the move around the “Trayanovi Vrata” tunnel. On the spot, the policemen detained 19 men without identity papers, who claimed to be citizens of Afghanistan.

The foreigners were taken to the Regional Departmen where their origin and identity are to be established, and then they will be handed over to the competent services.

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British Airways Hoping to Operate ‘Near-Normal’ Schedule

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

British Airways says it is “aiming to operate a near-normal schedule” after an IT failure hit thousands of passengers, reported Sky News. 
All flights were cancelled from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday due to what was described as a “global systems outage” blamed on a power supply issue.

Thousands of passengers were left stranded and terminals at both airports were “extremely congested”, with travellers urged not to stay away.

A BA spokesman said: “We are continuing to work hard to restore all of our IT systems and are aiming to operating a near normal schedule at Gatwick and the majority of services from Heathrow on Sunday.

“We are extremely sorry for the huge disruption caused to customers throughout Saturday and understand how frustrating their experiences will have been.

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Jens Stoltenberg Sees Bulgaria as Factor For Closer Ties of NATO, EU

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

 Cooperation between the European Union and NATO should become stronger, and Bulgaria has vowed to assist this process during its 2018 Presidency of the European Union.’’ This was the message of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who was interviewed by the Bulgarian National Television.

Stoltenberg hailed Bulgaria’s contribution into the Alliance’s regional presence in the Black Sea region as the point where Russia, NATO and the EU come closest to each other.

NATO’s Secretary General also said that Russia is a neighbor meaning the Alliance should work to boost its defense and seek closer cooperation with Moscow.

He was explicit that NATO was able to combat terrorism but only with inputs of the defense capabilities of each member-country and of NATO’s external partners.

Jens Stoltenberg went on to say he had been impressed by the clear message given by President Rumen Radev at the NATO summit – about Bulgaria’s commitment, the importance of the alliance and this country’s support and dialogue.

‘’Defense is the best way to safeguard peace and stability are the basis of the economic stability of Bulgaria and all countries’’, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Bulgarian National Television.

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G7 Summit Ends Deadlocked on Climate Change

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

German leader Angela Merkel said on Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s G7 partners remained in the dark about his intentions on climate change, calling the debate at a summit in Sicily “very unsatisfactory”.

“The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory” Merkel said, as the two-day G7 summit of some of the world’s wealthiest nations in the seaside town of Taormina, Sicily, drew to a close.

A final G7 communique on Saturday said that all member countries – except the USA – had reaffirmed their “strong commitment” to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump says he will make a final decision on whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement next week.

Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump’s campaign. Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax.

The US is the world’s biggest carbon emitter after China.

Italy was disappointed not to receive more backing for its call to open up more legal channels for immigration to try to slow the flow of people risking their lives to reach Europe on flimsy boats from lawless Libya..

Reuters reported that a European diplomat, who declined to be named, said: ”There was very strong opposition by the Americans and British who wanted to refocus on security and water down the expansive language on freedom of movement.”

The G7 also stated that they are ready if necessary to slap extra sanctions on Russia if it continues failing to honour its commitments on Ukraine, the summit declaration reads. 

“Sanctions can be rolled back when Russia meets its commitments. However, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russia should its actions so require,” the final statement read.

The G7, urged on by Japan, also adopted common language against North Korea after a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation. The G7 statement said that North Korea poses an increasing threat of a “grave nature” to international peace and security.

The G7 leaders also reached agreement on improving cooperation against terrorism in the wake of the bomb attack on a concert in Manchester on Monday night that left 22 people dead and dozens wounded.

There was relief that Trump agreed to language on trade in the final G7 communique that commits to a rules-based international trade system.

The final declaration pledged to “fight against protectionism,” whilst “standing firm” against “unfair” trade practices.

The G7 is an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship. Its decisions are not binding as an international treaty would be, simply representing the leaders’ political commitments.

The final communique was just six pages long, against 32 pages last year, with diplomats saying the leaders wanted a simpler document to help them reach a wider audience.

The G7 countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the US, and the UK. The European Union also attends.

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Minister Valentin Radev: ‘We are Determined to Take All Measures to Stop the Rising Mortality on the Bulgaria’s Roads’

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

”We are determined to take all measures to stop rising mortality on the roads.” The Interior Minister Valentin Radev said this after an extraordinary meeting in the Council of Ministers, FOCUS News Agency reported.

“You know that there has been an increase in the road fatalities over the past few months. Since 2014, there has been an upward spike, and this is particularly worrying about the prime minister, and he decides to bring us today, even though it is a Saturday night, to offer quick measures literally for weeks to a maximum of one month to stop this increase in deaths”, Said Minister Radev.

“We have had a very serious debate. Various measures have been identified. One of these is a change in the legislation. We hope that within the short deadlines that are ordered, with the help of colleagues from other ministries, we will be able to master this process. “he added.

 

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Computer Problems Cause Flight Delays: British Airways

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Computer problems are causing delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the airline has said, reported BBC.

The carrier apologised for the “global system outage” and said it was “working to resolve the the problem as quickly as possible”.

Heathrow Airport said it was “working closely” with BA to solve the issue.

It is not known how many flights are affected but passengers have reported issues with flights to and from Heathrow, Gatwick and Belfast.

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Pope Francis Sends Message of Health and Prosperity to Bulgarian People

Friday, May 26th, 2017

President Rumen Radev was received by Pope Francis, as traditionally each year the head of the Roman Catholic Church gives audience to Bulgarian representatives due to the Day of Slavonic Alphabet and Culture, reported BNR.

Radev gifted to the Pope with an icon of the Holy Brothers St. St. Cyril and Methoius who are also patrons of Europe for the Catholic Church.

After the audience Radev was also received by Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The head of state and the delegation which he led laid wreaths in front of the monument of Ivan Vazov and the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius. They are about to visit the San Clemente Basilica and also the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, where in the 9th century Pope Adrian ll blessed the Bulgarian alphabet, books and the deed of the Holy Brothers.

The delegation is also going to visit the San Paolo ala Regola temple, granted by the Vatican for services to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Community in Rome.

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Greece Returns 10 Migrants to Turkey Under EU Deal

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Greek authorities sent 10 people back to Turkey on Friday in accordance with a Turkey-EU migration deal, reported Anadolu Agency.

According to a statement issued by the Greek Public Security Ministry, the 10 individuals were taken from Lesbos island in the Aegean Sea and were sent to the Dikili district of Turkey’s western Izmir province.

Four of the migrants are from Pakistan, two from Bangladesh and one each from Nepal, Morocco, Congo and Algeria, the statement added.

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