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NGOs shame Monaco for persecuting UK whistleblower

Some 40 leading NGOs, including Transparency International and the European Federation of Journalists, have signed a letter urging Monaco and Croatia to let British whistleblower Jonathan Taylor go home. Taylor has spent some 180 days in Dubrovnik, away from his family, fighting an extradition order to Monaco. The principality accused him of extortion after he exposed bribery at Monaco-based firm SBM Offshore, prompting hundreds of millions of euros in fines.

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Worries on Europe's infection surge, after six-week drop

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EU Commission cannot hold Frontex to account

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Orbán leaves EPP group - the beginning of a long endgame

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