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Musicians of the Sofia Opera orchestra prepare their instruments prior to performing La Traviata by Verdi at the Sofia Opera on February 18, 2021. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
Musicians of the Sofia Opera orchestra p... […]

As third wave rages, show goes on at Sofia opera

With an orchestra spread out across the parterre, limited audiences and no breaks but plenty of disinfectant, the Sofia Opera is one of the few music venues still hosting live performances in Europe
European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders gives a press conference on EU rules on data protection (GDPR) and the new EU Strategy on victimsí rights in Brussels on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Olivier HOSLET / POOL / AFP)
European Commissioner for Justice Didier... […]

EU racism pledge clouded by ‘blackface’ controversy

A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse has been overshadowed by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders