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Bulgaria to scale up coronavirus testing effort

The Bulgarian health minister Kiril Ananiev said on Wednesday that the Balkan country will start large-scale testing for coronavirus, after tackling a shortage of testing kits, Reuters reported. "We will start massive testing of Bulgarians," Ananiev said during a visit to the ski resort of Bansko, where authorities are beginning to test residents. Bulgaria is one of the member states with the lowest cases of coronavirus registered.

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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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