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6th Mar 2021

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Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo

Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, and an Italian military-police officer were killed in an attack on their convoy on Monday, the Italian foreign ministry has said. Attanasio was travelling as part of a UN mission in Goma in the east of the country and died later in hospital. A driver was also killed, The Guardian newspaper reported, in what looked like a failed kidnap attempt.

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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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