Chloe Kerr – January 11, 2018
Protests kicked off in Sofia on the same night as Bulgaria takes over its first Presidency of the European Council from January 2018 until June 2018.
EU commissioners are in the city as Bulgaria begins its presidency – and guests at the opening ceremony of the presidency in Sofia, including European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Council head Donald Tusk.
The Sofia Globe reports 11 protests are being held across the city tonight.
Former president Rossen Plevneliev said: “These protests are not a symbol of future political action, but they are telling us something important – the whole political elite has not done its job over the years.”
DW – March 29, 2017
Brussels is taking the divorce hard and wants to make sure Britain doesn’t have it easy either. Holding the official letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May aloft on Wednesday, European Council President Donald Tusk was emotional.
“There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London,” Tusk told a briefing of reporters shortly after the document was delivered by British Ambassador Sir Tim Farrow. “After all, most Europeans – including almost half of British voters – wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me I will not pretend that I am happy today.”
“It’s the first time that a member state has decided to leave us,” lamented European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. “Although we fully respect the democratic will of the majority of the British people, today is not a good day for Europe.”
Fionn Hargreaves – February 28, 2017
As many as twenty million African migrants could come to Europe in the near future, according to the new president of the European parliament.
Antonio Tajani said Europe needs to do more to help asylum seekers in order to quell migration.
He proposed the EU should open asylum centres in Libya in a bid to protect vulnerable refugees.
At the moment, detention centers in the country violate human rights, according to the EU.
Mr Tajani told Die Welt there are more than 30 centres that are run illegally by smugglers or by groups for the government.
The president said that EU reception centres would provide asylum seekers with access to healthcare and would not be ‘concentration camps’.
In 2017, there has been up to a 40 per cent increase in the number of migrants arriving in Italy.
RT – January 18, 2017
Central Italy was struck with a series of earthquakes, measuring up to magnitude 5.7, with tremors reportedly felt across the regions of Abruzzo, Marche and Lazio – including the city of Rome.
The initial quake, measuring 5.4, hit at around 10:25am local time on Wednesday and was recorded 104km (69 miles) northeast of Rome, according to the US Geological Survey. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reports the depth of the quake at 10km. Up to seven quakes followed, the largest measuring 5.7, hitting 110km northeast of Rome, according to the EMSC.
The epicenter is understood to be just 7km from the town of Amatrice, the scene of a devastating 6.1 magnitude earthquake in August 2016, which claimed 297 lives. It’s less than 50km from the city of L’Aquila where more than 300 people were killed by an earthquake in 2009.
La Repubblica reports there have been “thousands of phone calls” made to emergency services. President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani told AP that tremors were “felt as far as Rome [but it] appears there are no victims.”