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21st Sep 2021

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Dutch impose corona-pass for restaurants, bars, theatres

From 25 September, the Netherlands will impose a corona-pass to enter restaurants, bars, hotels, theatres, and cinemas, sources in the Dutch government say, the Dutch news channel NOS reports. The 1.5-metre distance rule, however, will be abolished. Face masks remain mandatory on public transport. The closing hours for bars and nightclubs remain in place at midnight. Football stadia can be fully filled again, if people show a corona pass.

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Netherlands against more rights for rejected asylum-seekers

A leaked Council document provides a partial overview of member state positions on a new EU strategy on voluntary returns and reintegration. The Dutch are concerned any new legal framework on voluntary returns could lead to greater rights.

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UN annual meeting plus Poland in focus This WEEK

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal is holding a hearing on the issue of whether EU law has primacy in the country. It is not clear whether the tribunal will deliver a ruling.

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MEPs suspect Gazprom manipulating gas price

MEPs from across the political spectrum suspect Russian gas giant Gazprom manipulates market prices. They have written to the EU Commission asking for an investigation. According to the signatories, Gazprom is pressuring Europe to open the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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