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5th Mar 2021

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Hungary, Poland block EU budget and recovery package

Poland and Hungary on Monday blocked the adoption of the EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund, in opposition to a mechanism to linking EU funds to respect for the rule of law. It means the historic €1.8 trillion package, aimed at helping European economies to recover from the pandemic, will not come into force for now. The issue will likely dominate EU leaders' online meeting on Thursday.

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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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