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Angela Merkel. Photo: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe is a "make or break" issue in a speech to the German parliament, reports CNN.

The backdrop: EU member states have been bitterly divided on the issue, illustrated by Italy's refusal last week to take in a ship containing hundreds of migrants, forcing it to dock in Spain instead. European leaders agreed to consider an emergency compromise over the weekend that migrants should be screened in offshore centers in North Africa before heading to Europe — all before a full EU summit kicks off today.

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Supreme Court declines to hear case on qualified immunity for police officers

The Supreme Court on March 5. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal for a lawsuit brought against Cleveland police officers that challenges the scope of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which has been used to shield officers from lawsuits alleging excessive force, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The doctrine has been the subject of scrutiny from civil rights advocates. Eliminating qualified immunity was one of the key demands of demonstrators during nationwide protests in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.