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EU states in discord on corona-testing rules

EU states are far from agreeing common rules for corona-testing and quarantines, auguring delays to normal free-movement inside Europe, according to a German EU presidency report, seen by Reuters. "A large number of member states made clear that discussions on common minimum standards and criteria were premature," it said, referring to the agenda of Thursday's video-link summit, adding that "approaches ... on quarantine obligations in connection with travel differ considerably".

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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

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Opinion

Orbán leaves EPP group - the beginning of a long endgame

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