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Orban suffers surprise setback at local by-election

Weeks before a general election (8 April), Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party suffered an unexpected defeat at a local government by-election on Sunday. The opposition-backed independent but political unknown candidate, Peter Marki-Zay, won with 57.5 percent against the Fidesz candidate Zoltan Hegedus getting 41.6 percent at the election for mayor of the southern town of Hodmezovasarhely. Fidesz has governed the city for the past two decades.

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EU aims at 'zero pollution' in air, water and soil by 2050

The European Commission unveiled a plan to reduce pollution to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems by 2050 - including reducing the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution by 55 percent.

Slovenia causing headaches for new EU anti-graft office

Slovenia was supposed to nominate a delegated prosecutor for the new European Public Prosecutor Office, in charge of cracking down on corruption of EU funds. Ljubljana finalised procedures in December but has yet to send nominations, causing headaches.

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