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28 June 2016, Issue 4577
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BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM
 
S&P Downgrades UK Ratings, Revising Outlook


Rating agency Standard & Poor's has lowered the United Kingdom's unsolicited long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings to AA, two notches down from the previous AAA. read
Bulgaria President Calls on Franco-German Motor to Speed Up after Brexit


Not only should the Franco-German motor of EU integration keep working, but it should switch to higher gear, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has said. read
Bulgaria Should Host South Stream, Ex-President Says on Russia Visit


Bulgaria's former President (2002-2012) has voiced his hope that the South Stream pipeline will make its way through the country despite having been abandoned in 2014. read
 
 
MORE TOP NEWS
EU Analysis of Bulgarian Prosecution Officially Begins on Monday

Plevneliev Hopes Bulgaria Will Become France's Preferred Outsourcing Destination

Turkey, Israel to Renew Diplomatic Ties

Populists Should Bear Consequences of Brexit, Bulgaria's FM Says

One Pupil Injured After Being Stabbed by Schoolmate in Sofia

Authorities Lift Bathing Ban on Beach in Bulgaria's Varna

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Makes It Past Wimbledon's 1st Round

Bulgarian Tourism Minister Expects 10 % Increase in Tourist Numbers This Summer

Trips of Bulgarians Abroad Increased by 16.8 % Y/Y in May

Rescuers in Bulgaria's Plovdiv Continue to Search Maritsa River for Missing Young Man


UPS & DOWNS
Direct Investment into Bulgaria on the Rise Y/Y

A Third of Bulgarians Facing Energy Poverty
QUOTE OF THE DAY

"From this point of view, Bursa is Bulgaria, Gebze is Bulgaria, Ankara is Bulgaria, Istanbul is Bulgaria. These are cities where tens and tens of thousands of Bulgarian nationals who speak Bulgarian live, they have preserved the love for Bulgaria in their heart."

DOST party leader Lyutvi Mestan hypothesizing Bulgaria is located everywhere Bulgarian is spoken.

 "We are all deeply concerned about the results of this referendum. From now on, however, we cannot allow uncertainty and should only look ahead. If this is a divorce, it should happen in the most democratic way. We should remain friends and do everything so that, if they decide one day, our British friends come back to the family of European nations."

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev commenting on the future relations of EU with the United Kingdom.

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ERDOGAN SENDS PUTIN APOLOGY OVER DOWNED PLANE

The Kremlin has received a letter of apology from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the downing of the Russian Su-24 fighter bomber last year, Russian head of state Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said.

"The Turkish leader has expressed his interest in a normalization of the situation related to the downing of the Russian warplane," TASS news agency quotes Dmitry Peskov as saying. read more


BUSINESS

PLEVNELIEV HOPES BULGARIA WILL BECOME FRANCE'S PREFERRED OUTSOURCING DESTINATION

During a meeting with French business representatives in Paris on Monday, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev expressed hope that Bulgaria will become the preferred outsourcing destination for French firms.

The meeting which was organised by the French-Bulgarian chamber of commerce marked the beginning of his visit to France. read more


FINANCE

S&P DOWNGRADES UK RATINGS, REVISING OUTLOOK

Rating agency Standard & Poor's has lowered the United Kingdom's unsolicited long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings to AA, two notches down from the previous AAA.

In a statement dated June 27, it also says it has lowered the long-term issuer credit rating on the Bank of England and the ratings on the debt programs of Network Rail Infrastructure Finance PLC, again by two notches down to AA. read more


ENERGY

BULGARIA SHOULD HOST SOUTH STREAM, EX-PRESIDENT SAYS ON RUSSIA VISIT

Bulgaria's former President (2002-2012) has voiced his hope that the South Stream pipeline will make its way through the country despite having been abandoned in 2014.

Speaking at the annual congress of United Russia, the country's ruling party, Parvanov has warned the modern security architecture should be built neither with the idea to exclude Russia nor to antagonize it, according to a statement of his left-wing ABV party. read more


TOURISM

BULGARIAN TOURISM MINISTER EXPECTS 10 % INCREASE IN TOURIST NUMBERS THIS SUMMER

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova foresees 10 % increase in the number of tourists visiting Bulgaria during this summer.

Speaking to journalists during her visit to the town of Sredets on Sunday, Angelkova said that the forecast is based on the data available at present and more precise one can be made after analysis of the holiday bookings in June. read more


TRIPS OF BULGARIANS ABROAD INCREASED BY 16.8 % Y/Y IN MAY

According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) released on Monday, Bulgarians made 564 771 trips abroad in May, which represented an increase of 16.8 % compared to the same month last year.

Compared to May last year, the greatest increase was recorded in the number of trips to Germany, Austria, Serbia, Romania, Greece and Spain. read more


DIPLOMACY

BULGARIA PRESIDENT CALLS ON FRANCO-GERMAN MOTOR TO SPEED UP AFTER BREXIT

Not only should the Franco-German motor of EU integration keep working, but it should switch to higher gear, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has said.

After his meeting with French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris, Plevneliev has stressed the need for Franco-German cooperation in Europe in the aftermath of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, according to his press office. read more


POPULISTS SHOULD BEAR CONSEQUENCES OF BREXIT, BULGARIA'S FM SAYS

Populists in the UK who created unreasonable expectations among voters in the Leave campaign should bear their consequences for the result, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov noted on Monday.

Mitov attended, alongside other EU ministers, a discussion in Warsaw dedicated to the future relations between the EU and Britain. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

EU ANALYSIS OF BULGARIAN PROSECUTION OFFICIALLY BEGINS ON MONDAY

The European mission for independent analysis and assessment of the work of the Bulgarian prosecutor's office is expected to officially begin on Monday.

The mission is in implementation of the decision for European analysis of the prosecution which was recommended in the last report under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) released in January. read more


ENVIRONMENT

AUTHORITIES LIFT BATHING BAN ON BEACH IN BULGARIA'S VARNA

Authorities lifted on Monday a ban for bathing imposed on the Officers' beach in the Bulgarian Black Sea capital of Varna.

The ban was issued two weeks ago after samples have showed heightened presence of E. coli and enterococcus bacteria in the water. read more


INCIDENTS

ONE PUPIL INJURED AFTER BEING STABBED BY SCHOOLMATE IN SOFIA

One eighteen-year-old boy was injured after being stabbed by a sixteen-year-old schoolmate.

The incident occurred in a school in the neighbourhood of Poduyane in the Bulgarian capital on Monday. read more


RESCUERS IN BULGARIA'S PLOVDIV CONTINUE TO SEARCH MARITSA RIVER FOR MISSING YOUNG MAN

The search operation for the young man who went missing in the Maritsa river in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv last week continues on Monday.

The search for nineteen-year-old Petar Valchev, who went missing after bathing in the area of the rowing base with his seventeen-year-old girlfriend Desislava, has entered its sixth day. read more


CULTURAL HERITAGE HOUSE COLLAPSES IN BULGARIA'S VELIKO TARNOVO

An uninhabited house, which is part of the cultural heritage of the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo, collapsed over the weekend.

The run-down house is located on the Stefan Stambolov street near the monument of Velchova zavera. The area of the old town in which the building is located is busy with tourists on their way to Tsarevets fortress. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIA'S DIMITROV MAKES IT PAST WIMBLEDON'S 1ST ROUND

Bulgaria's highest-ranking tennis player Grigor Dimitrov on Monday secured his first victory since the end of April at the Wimbledon tournament, defeating Bjorn Fratangelo (US).

The game lasted 89 minutes, ending 6:3, 6:4, 6:2. Fratangelo, the world's No. 112 according to the ATP ranking (as of Monday), made no single breakthrough against Dimitrov. read more


SMILES

TRANSLATING CORPORATE EMAILS: A SHORT GUIDE

I have a question.     =     I have 18 questions.

I’ll look into it.     =     I’ve already forgotten about it. read more


WORLD

TURKEY, ISRAEL TO RENEW DIPLOMATIC TIES

Relations between Turkey and Israel, severed following an incident with a Turkish flotilla bound for Palestine, will be restored, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have confirmed.

His statement follows reports by Sabah newspaper saying that the six-year rift between the two countries is about to end with a reconciliation, with Israel substantially lifting the blockade on Gaza. read more



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