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Court: Three countries broke EU law on migrant relocation

The EU's top court ruled on Thursday (2 April) that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing to take in their share of asylum seekers in 2015.

"By refusing to comply with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection, Poland, ...

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Journalism hit hard by corona crisis

While Europeans might currently feel overwhelmed by news, journalism itself has been hit with a double blow by the coronavirus outbreak.

Journalists themselves are constrained in their movements, with highly-limited access to events, officials, politicians and information. ...

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EU fighting shortages and faulty medical supplies

The European Commission announced on Wednesday (1 April) new "control material" that will allow laboratories to check the correct functioning of coronavirus testing kits and avoid false negatives, after a series of reports about faulty rapid tests from China.

A total of 3,000 samples of ...

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New EU navy operation to keep migrant details secret

The EU's new 'Irini' naval operation, off the Libyan coast, will not disclose how member states decide where to send any migrants rescued at sea.

This issue had previously rankled with Austria and Hungary who had threatened to derail Irini, an operation whose primary objective is to ...

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MEP: Constituents are our window into this tragedy

Constituents are our window into the tragic disruption of coronavirus.

Nurses left without protective equipment, lorry drivers stranded at borders, young gig workers fearing eviction, struggling small businesses ‒ all reach out to me with a single question: Can Europe do something? ...

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Without European patriotism, EU decline is inevitable

On 26 March, an utterly divided EU emerged from the European Council dedicated to European measures aimed at managing the severest crisis since 1929.

The coronavirus pandemic and the transpiring economic and social crises present Europe with an extraordinary opportunity: to decide to move ...

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Trying to think straight about coronavirus

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A coronavirus 'Marshall Plan' alone won't be nearly enough

Senior figures across Europe, from the presidents of the European Council and the European Parliament to the prime minister of Spain and the head of the OECD have all called for a "Marshall Plan" to deal with the enormous human and economic costs of the Covid-19 crisis.

The Marshall Plan ...

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Von der Leyen criticises Hungary, but fails to mention it

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen warned member state governments on Tuesday (31 March) not to weaken fundamental rights and democratic values in their fight against the coronavirus.

But the commission chief did not name Hungary in her statement, where on Monday prime minister ...

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Air pollution drops in Europe, but how long will last?

A new set of satellite images reveal that air pollution has dramatically decreased across Europe following the coronavirus lockdown measures, which have massively curtailed flights, the movement of people and the production levels of factories.

Yet experts warned that weather conditions, ...

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Human rights abusers don't wait for virus, MEPs tell EU

The EU should press ahead with new human rights sanctions despite the virus crisis, a group of MEPs has said.

"While we are focused today on the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot forget the ongoing human rights abuses taking place around the world at the hands of dictators and kleptocrats," ...

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EU cancels April Fool's 'fake news'

The EU has urged media not to publish April Fool's 'fake news' stories this year to help combat Russian state lies.

"Protecting our democratic processes and institutions from Russian disinformation has become a major challenge in the modern era," the European Commission said in a ...

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Berlin ready to airlift Greek island refugees

German activists have collected funds to start airlifting refugees and asylum seekers from the Greek islands to Berlin.

"If the governments say yes, we can start immediately. It is a matter of organisation with a flight broker, which means it could take two days," Axel Steier of the German ...

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EU states urged to share sick patients

EU states should take in sick people from Italy and Spain for treatment in a public demonstration of solidarity, a group of MEPs has urged.

The EU should "massively" increase aid "foremost to the most severely affected [member states] like Italy, Spain, [and] some regions in France" the ...

2020-03-31 13:05 open_in_new
Věra Jourová on surveillance and Covid-19

Věra Jourová is the Czech politician who is vice-president for values and transparency at the European Commission, the body that proposes and enforces laws across the European Union.

She was listed among the 100 most influential people of 2019 by Time magazine for helping pass ...

2020-03-31 08:53 open_in_new
Orban granted indefinite 'authoritarian' power

Hungary passed on Monday (30 March) a law that gives sweeping new powers to prime minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree - for an unlimited period of time.

This makes Hungary the first EU country to be put under the exclusive command of the government for as long as the prime minister ...

2020-03-31 08:53 open_in_new
'All options on table', says EU commission on coronabonds

The European Commission has not dismissed outright a stalled proposal to ease the economic fallout of the coronavirus on southern EU states.

On Monday (30 March), the European Commission's chief spokesperson Eric Mamer said "all options are on the table" - and that the future seven-year EU ...

2020-03-31 08:53 open_in_new
UN food chief: Don't let Covid-19 become hunger game

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting enormous strains on the public health systems around the world, and millions of people in the world's most advanced economies are in some form of quarantine.

We know the human toll will be high, and that massive efforts to turn the tide carry a heavy ...

2020-03-31 08:53 open_in_new
Italy and Spain: worst - or just first?

Italy and Spain, the most-affected countries in the EU, have tightened their response to the coronavirus outbreak as the pair together now account for more than half of the world's coronavirus death toll.

As the number of fatalities from coronavirus in Italy increased again on Monday (30 ...

2020-03-31 08:53 open_in_new
How Europe coped with pandemic 100 years ago

An untreatable virus killing thousands each day, lack of international coordination, little reliable information, and some people failing to self-isolate - that is what happened in the 1918 'Spanish flu'.

The flu killed 50m people worldwide in events with parallels to the 2020 viral ...

2020-03-30 08:44 open_in_new
EU struggles to remain united This WEEK

This week will be crucial in Europe's fight not only to contain coronavirus, but in the EU's effort to stick together and battle the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Spain and Italy, the most badly hit countries by the coronavirus so far, have been under lockdown for at least two ...

2020-03-30 08:44 open_in_new