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The EU will reopen its borders – but maybe not to America



The EU will reopen its borders - but maybe not to America

Diplomats, who were not permitted to discuss the matter before 27 EU member states reached an agreement, confirmed to CNN that European Union governments had been given until lunchtime on Tuesday to approve a list of 15 countries that were allowed to enter.

In the list of 15 proposed countries is China, where the virus originated. However, the EU will only offer the entry of China on the condition of reciprocal arrangements. The other 14 countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

As widely suspected, the US – where coronavirus is currently emerging – will not be on that list.

This list is included in a series of recommendations from the EU Council for member countries, which establish criteria for countries to meet before their citizens are allowed to enter the bloc and methodology for meeting those criteria. This requires that countries that are allowed to enter have a coronavirus infection level that is the same or better than the EU.

Border control is ultimately determined by each member country rather than at the EU level in Brussels. But European Union officials hope that the recommendation means that member states will reopen their borders.

Europe closed the external border in March after the bloc saw the rate of Covid-19 infection grow exponentially.

The US now has the highest number of confirmed infections and the highest number of deaths caused by Covid-19 from any country in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

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Diplomats said it was “very unlikely” that the framework would change in the near future, meaning that a drastic change was needed in the level of US infection if it had to be considered in any future decision. The European Union is expected to review the decision every two weeks.

Member states are expected to approve the list and guidelines by the eligible majority on Tuesday, not by unanimous decision.

The majority that qualify requires 15 of 27 member states to vote in agreement. The guidelines are expected to be unclear and open to interpretation in some areas, because at least three member states have expressed reluctance to open borders at all, diplomats said.

EU officials quickly pointed out that the decision on who could and could not enter the bloc was not political, but based on knowledge that allowed member countries to maintain the security of their citizens. But the officials were prepared for the reaction of US President Donald Trump, who previously said very critical things about the EU and might see the decision as politically motivated.

However, like other EU diplomat previously explained to CNN, “To be sure, you can see nothing on the list as political, when one country is allowed in and another is not,” but insists that “it’s only about health.”
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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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