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7th Mar 2021

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EPP to pick 'spitzenkandidat' in November

The largest political family in the EU, the European People's Party (EPP) will pick their lead candidate, the 'spitzenkandidat' for the 2019 European elections, at its congress in Helsinki on 7-8 November 2018, the party's spokesman, MEP Siegfried Muresan said in an interview. The lead candidate of the party with the most votes would then head the European Commission, according to the controversial spitzenkandidat process.

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Coronavirus

Worries on Europe's infection surge, after six-week drop

The World Health Organization warned of a surge in new coronavirus infections across Europe, pointing out healthcare systems should not be under pressure in some countries. Meanwhile, the European Medical Agency is reviewing Russia's Sputnik vaccine.

EU Commission cannot hold Frontex to account

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Orbán leaves EPP group - the beginning of a long endgame

Aside from the EPP, Hungary was also protected - at a member states' level - by key bilateral partners; and not only illiberal countries like Poland, Bulgaria or recently Slovenia - but most importantly also by Germany.

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