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Greece to empty Lesbos of refugees by Easter

The Greek government pledged on Tuesday that the island of Lesbos will be emptied of refugees by next Easter, after a fire last week destroyed the overcrowded camp of Moria. "Of the roughly 12,000 refugees here currently, I foresee 6,000 being transferred to the mainland by Christmas and the rest by Easter," civil protection minister, Michalis Chrysochoidis, told the Guardian. Germany has offered to take in 1,500 refugees.

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EU migration pact to deter asylum

The EU commission's newest pact on migration and asylum seeks to deter people from claiming asylum by speeding up procedures and sending most of them back home.

EU countries stuck on rule of law-budget link

Divisions among EU governments remain between those who want to suspend EU funds if rule of law is not respected, and those who want to narrow down conditionality.

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