Good day to everyone surviving the heatwave in this (still not tropical) territory of ours. Climate change seems a lot more real when you consider the first half of this year - heatwave in February, winter temperatures and snow in May, oven-like temperatures in July. This, it seems, will be the new normal.
Government negotiations continuing
Unpredictability will be the new normal in Parliament also: today the biggest party TISP rejected claims it was opening up connections with the Turkish MRF party - in an attempt to keep the door open for negotiations with the other two smaller protest parties. This, after blaming them for being unconstructive. Meetings with them are due to be held tomorrow, though, by the sound of it, they will not be easy or indeed, conclusive.
New rules for COVID-entry
From 29 July on, Bulgarian and EU citizens arriving from a red zone will enter with a digital certificate and a PCR test, taken 72 hours prior to entry. If one of those is not present, they will be held in 10-days quarantine. Red zones are those with a 14-days rolling average of 500 cases for every 100 thousand people.
Kaufland to buy the Central Hali building
The German retail chain has a contract signed with the owner, but it is pending a decision from the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry still hasn't said anything conclusive, as there is a massive social campaign to save the historical building in the city center. Kaufland plans to turn it into a retail store, while various activists want it kept as a marketplace for quality food and urban space.