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5th Mar 2021

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Netherlands loses EU court case on asylum boy

The Netherlands on Thursday lost a European Court of Justice case where a 15-year old Guinean boy's request for asylum was denied and was instead issued a return order. Given his age and that Guinea could not properly house him, the Netherlands waited until he turned 18 to carry out the return. The court said this was a violation, noting that "best interests of the child" must be upheld.

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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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