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5th Mar 2021

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Growing appetite for Northern Ireland independence

Some 51 percent of people in Northern Ireland wanted a referendum on independence, according to a survey by pollster LucidTalk, British newspaper The Times reported, in what it called a potential "constitutional crisis" in the wake of Brexit. More people (42 percent) than before also wanted a united Ireland. Meanwhile, half of Scottish people wanted a second independence referendum, the Panelbase pollster found, with 49 percent keen to leave Britain.

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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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