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Plovdiv to be named European Capital of Culture

The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv will be the country's European capital of culture in 2019, the European Commission announced Friday, beating off Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo in the process. EU ministers are expected to formally nominate Plovdiv in May 2015. The title is a tourism-booster for the town concerned.

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Rift widens on 'returns' deadline in EU migration pact

Negotiations on the European Commission's asylum and migration pact among EU states continues. But a rift is widening on the eight-month deadline for capitals to sponsor returns of failed asylum seekers.

Coronavirus

EU adds new 'dark red' zone to travel-restrictions map

The European Commission has proposed additional measures to limit non-essential travel within and to the European Union - amid fears over more transmissible mutations triggering a new surge in cases across the bloc.

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Migrants in Bosnia: a disaster foretold on EU doorstep

Ultimately, the European Pact on Migration and Asylum, only unveiled in September, risks reinforcing bottlenecks and misery at the borders, should be thoroughly amended before final agreement.

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