Heat Wave Chaos: From Hajj Tragedy to Tropical Storms and Flooding

A widespread heat wave has enveloped regions across the US, Europe, and parts of the Balkans, bringing severe consequences in various areas. In Saudi Arabia, the annual Hajj pilgrimage has been marred by extreme temperatures, with reports indicating that over 500 pilgrims have tragically lost their lives due to the scorching conditions.

A battlefield break to cheer Ukraine’s soccer team in Euro 2024

KYIV, Ukraine - They had won one battle and then sat to watch a battle of a different kind. Eight Ukrainian national guard soldiers who had helped stall a Russian offensive in the northern Kharkiv region of Ukraine took the afternoon off Monday to watch the men's national soccer team play its first game of the European Championship.

Bulgaria's Economy Plummets: Ranked Among World's Least Competitive

Bulgaria ranks near the bottom in global competitiveness, placing 58th out of 67 countries in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2024 by the Swiss business school IMD, as reported by the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). This ranking indicates no progress since 2021 and a decline of 10 positions since 2020 and 20 since 2009.

Orban Backs Rutte for NATO Chief

Hungary has dropped its opposition to Mark Rutte's candidacy for NATO secretary general after a meeting between Rutte and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán during the EU leaders' council in Brussels, as reported by media outlets in the Netherlands, Agence France-Presse, and the Financial Times.

World Bank Shocks with Bleak Economic Prediction for Bulgaria

The World Bank has revised its economic forecast for Bulgaria downward for the third consecutive time, according to its latest summer report. Initially projecting a growth rate of 2.1% for this year, the institution's revised forecast marks a decrease of 0.3 percentage points. This adjustment follows previous expectations from last summer, where growth was anticipated at 2.7%.

EU Aims to End Schengen Land Borders for Bulgaria and Romania

Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs, expressed optimism about the potential removal of internal land borders in Bulgaria and Romania within the Schengen Area by the end of 2024. Johansson made these remarks during discussions with journalists in Luxembourg, coinciding with the start of a two-day EU Council meeting on Justice and Home Affairs, as reported by BTA.