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5th Mar 2024

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Future of EU's Mediterranean naval mission in doubt

EU defence ministers want to continue Operation Sophia, the EU's Mediterranean naval mission, after its mandate ends this year, but have not yet agreed where warships should drop off migrants rescued at sea after Italy refused to take them in, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday. She called the migrant issue a "small element" of Sophia, which also trains the Libyan coastguard and enforces a Libya arms embargo.

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Feature

Hungary's Ukrainian refugees in two minds as relations sour

Ukrainians struggle to match the kindness of individual Hungarians with the nationalist government's pro-Russia rhetoric. "Ukraine's primary enemies are Russians and Putin, obviously. But the number two is Viktor Orbán," Viktoria Petrovszka, a Ukrainian woman living in Hungary, says.

Opinion

The six-hour U-turn that saw the EU vote for austerity

The EU's own analysis has made it clear this is economic self-sabotage, and it's politically foolish three months from European elections where the far-right are predicted to increase support, writes the general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation.

Agenda

Defence, von der Leyen, women's rights, in focus This WEEK

Ursula von der Leyen is expected to be confirmed as the EPP candidate for president of the next EU Commission. A new defence strategy will be unveiled this week, while the ECB is expected to maintain interest rates.

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