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5th Mar 2021

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EU planning €789bn splurge on wind farms

The EU aims to boost its offshore wind-farm capacity by 250 percent by 2050, according to a leaked European Commission proposal, seen by the Euractiv news agency. "The investment needed [mostly from EU states] is estimated up to €789 billion," it said, but the initiative would create 62,000 jobs, it added. "Nearly half of global offshore wind investment in 2018 took place in China," the commission paper also noted.

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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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