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6th Mar 2021

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French parties unite against Macron's airports sell-off

Representatives of French political parties from left to right have teamed up to stop president Emmanuel Macron's privatisation plans, including selling Paris airports. In April more than 185 lawmakers in the two chambers of parliament supported a referendum on the plans and the referendum bill has been validated by the Constitutional Council. Still 10 percent ( 4.7 million) of voters must sign an online petition to hold a referendum.

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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

MEPs probing the EU's border agency Frontex cross-examined the agency's director. They also spoke to EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson, who made it clear she had little sway over the agency.

Opinion

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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