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The EU announced emergency measures to toughen asylum procedures at the Belarus border — but insist the situation is under control. The proposals will let several EU members bordering Belarus hold migrants in processing centers for up to four months. politi.co/31hYumb
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OPINION: Europe seems to accept that a large number of people drown unnecessarily in the Mediterranean. Is it possible that Britain will come to accept a similar fate in the English Channel? politi.co/3db7pZq
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The new Omicron coronavirus variant, first identified in South Africa, has brought with it new travel restrictions and concerns. politi.co/3xI8ukR
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European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič says the EU wants to conclude a post-Brexit deal. Šefčovič is determined to keep medicines flowing freely into Northern Ireland — even if the EU has to move ahead on its own to ensure that happens. politi.co/3lqIYMb
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US Vice President Kamala Harris was not pleased with Russia's "irresponsible act" of blowing up one of its satellites last month. The VP opted for a more robust global effort to adopt international rules when it comes to space behavior. politi.co/3Dq9nzX
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The Polish government is reluctant to let the media and NGOs poke around on the country’s border with Belarus — where regular confrontations between Polish authorities and migrants trying to cross into the European Union are taking place. politi.co/3G6s0us
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned Moscow that an invasion of Ukraine would prompt Washington and its allies to impose fresh “high-impact economic measures.” politi.co/31ngPyu
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French President Emmanuel Macron is calling upon the UK to work together with the EU in order to resolve post-Brexit issues. The French president specifically urged for cooperation on difficult topics such as Northern Ireland, fisheries, and migration. politi.co/3IbNbNf
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For the Donbass war to end, direct talks have to happen between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, calling on Moscow to start negotiations. politi.co/3oegSFO
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Former President Donald Trump’s strategy to protect “America first” has had a negative impact on the rest of the world — according to five current and former US officials who worked under Trump. politi.co/3Ibyo5u
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Amid a fourth wave of coronavirus cases, Germany is set to tighten pandemic restrictions. According to the plan only those fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 will have access to venues such as theaters, cinemas and restaurants. politi.co/3pc3hxG
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OPINION: Why did Sweden, a global champion for gender equality, take so long to appoint its first female prime minister? Its slow road to this milestone highlights barriers that “prevent and discourage women from fully participating in politics" globally. politi.co/3IaZtFN
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France’s conservative Les Républicains are picking their presidential candidate this week. It’s a race that even party experts can’t predict. Here are the five competitors 👇 politi.co/3rkCvGi
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The UK government will not amend its criticized proposal that would allow the pushback of small migrant boats across the English channel. The Joint Committee on Human Rights has stated that the pushback could breach UK's human rights obligations. politi.co/3xMwW4v
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The EU has no plans to adjust its climate action plan in 2022— even though the agreement reached at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow called upon all signatories to revisit and strengthen their 2030 targets in the next year. politi.co/3lrkTom
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OPINION: Over the last decade, it seemed our leaders were unable, or unwilling, to lead Europe. But the new German coalition, headed by Olaf Scholz, could be the final missing piece needed to turn the tide across the Continent. politi.co/3E8pqmZ
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