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9th Mar 2021

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Iceland to withdraw EU application, lift capital controls

Despite public protests, Iceland’s PM Gunnlaugsson plans to for­mally with­draw the coun­try's EU ap­pli­ca­tion early in the new year, he told Ice­landic ra­dio sta­tion Byl­g­jan on Sun­day. First steps of removing cap­i­tals con­trols, in place since the fi­nan­cial cri­sis hit Iceland in 2008, would likely be taken as well.

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Coronavirus

EU Commission 'surprised' by Belgian travel ban extension

The European Commission has expressed surprise over the Belgian government's decision to extend the ban on non-essential travel, stressing that "all options" are on the table to ensure free movement across the bloc.

Analysis

Lack of legal clarity on EU 'pushbacks' of migrants at sea

Frontex is invoking EU interception rules, plus a European Court of Human Rights case against Spain, as precedents to allow authorities to turn back migrants in boats in the Aegean Sea. But legal analysis by the EU Commission says otherwise.

Opinion

Africa and Arab world still in vaccine race starting blocks

The US has enough doses to fully-vaccinate the region twice while other countries have ordered enough doses to vaccinate their populations four or five times over, which many have condemned as "vaccine hoarding", writes the speaker of the Tunisian parliament.

Frontex's 'serious incident reports' - revealed

Out of the seven serious incident reports shared with this website, five deal with allegations against Greek authorities, while the remainder describe separate incidents in Germany and Hungary.

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