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5th Mar 2021

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Trump: 'Iran appears to be standing down'

In a statement on Wednesday, US president Donald Trump commenting on Iran's reaction to the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, said "Iran appears to be standing down." He added that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon as long as he is president. Trump also announced new sanctions on Iran until it "changes its behaviour". On top of that he called for Nato to be more active in the Middle East.

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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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