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26th Jan 2021

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Foreigners face ban from Amsterdam cannabis shops

Foreigners face a ban from Amsterdam's cannabis coffee shops as part of wide-ranging plans to discourage organised crime and cut back on drugs tourism, the Guardian writes. The city's mayor, Femke Halsema, said 58 percent of foreign tourists in Amsterdam come mainly to consume cannabis. She has proposed allowing only Dutch residents to enter its 166 marijuana-selling coffee shops. The measure will likely come into force sometime next year.

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Rift widens on 'returns' deadline in EU migration pact

Negotiations on the European Commission's asylum and migration pact among EU states continues. But a rift is widening on the eight-month deadline for capitals to sponsor returns of failed asylum seekers.

Coronavirus

EU adds new 'dark red' zone to travel-restrictions map

The European Commission has proposed additional measures to limit non-essential travel within and to the European Union - amid fears over more transmissible mutations triggering a new surge in cases across the bloc.

Opinion

Migrants in Bosnia: a disaster foretold on EU doorstep

Ultimately, the European Pact on Migration and Asylum, only unveiled in September, risks reinforcing bottlenecks and misery at the borders, should be thoroughly amended before final agreement.

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