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5th Mar 2021

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EU Commission publishes AstraZeneca contract

The European Commission on Friday published the redacted vaccine contract signed with AstraZeneca last August, following the row over delays. Earlier, the company's CEO said in an interview there was no legal obligation to fulfil the order set up by the EU for the first quarter. But EU officials responded that the "best-effort" basis is "an objective legal standard" that could be measured by a judge if necessary.

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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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