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Past articles by Caterina:

Germany and France promise new Russia sanctions

Germany and France are to impose new sanctions on Russia over the UK attack, with some measures due as early as Monday. → Read More

New pesticides committee begins work on EU approvals

The new European Parliament committee will try to restore citizens' trust in the procedure after the glyphosate affair. Its 30 members have some experience on pesticide issues - but different positions. → Read More

EU: 'Keep Calm', as Rome struggles to form government

Both the leaders of the populist Five Star Movement and far-right League party claim the position of Italian prime minister, amid renewed eurosceptics remarks while Europe is waiting for a stable government. → Read More

Italians vote in election dominated by migration and EU

Sunday's election outcome, under a new system, remains uncertain and is likely to result in uneasy coalitions between parties with conflicting views on how to deal with migrants and play a senior role in Europe. → Read More

34 percent renewable energy target achievable, study says

Tough trilogue negotiations between the three EU institutions on 2030 renewable energy targets start Tuesday amid suggestions more ambitious targets are feasible. → Read More

WHO praises EU's action against pollution, despite delays

The World Health Organization has called upon policymakers in the EU to take forward a decisive action to clean up the air for the benefit of citizens. → Read More

MEPs to look for 'bullet-proof' pesticide approval

After the controversial glyphosate authorisation renewal saga, a new European Parliament committee will review future authorisation procedures, in a bid to avoid scientific and procedural mistakes. Its composition will be voted on by MEPs on Thursday. → Read More

'Cultural shocks' on menu for future EU education strategy

Education ministers met in Brussels to discuss the next steps of the European strategy for education. → Read More

Rule of law and Catalonia on the agenda THIS WEEK

EU Commission president Juncker will meet Czech PM Babis to discuss migration quotas. He will also receive the Romanian president - just after Juncker warned Bucharest not to backtrack on fighting corruption. → Read More

Berlusconi in Brussels on pre-election charm offensive

Berlusconi reassured EPP leaders about the reliability of his centre-right coalition with the eurosceptic Northern League against the rise of the populist Five Star movement, ahead of Italian political elections in March. → Read More

Middle East, Messi and missing MEPs on the agenda This WEEK

While the leader of Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will discuss peace in the Middle East with EU leaders, the eurogroup will assess further steps towards economic and monetary union. → Read More

UK loses EU satellite centre to Spain

Decision to move the Galileo Satellite Security Monitoring Centre, which monitors the EU version of the GPS, was taken by a large majority of member states. → Read More

EU wants 'entrepreneurship' life skill in education systems

The EU Commission is setting out ideas to help youngsters to be more fit for the future job market and to develop a European identity. → Read More

LuxLeaks whistleblower Deltour acquitted by Luxembourg court

The court confirmed a sentence of €1,000 fine for Deltour's fellow leaker Raphael Halet, raising pressure on the European Commission to come forward with proposals to protect whistleblowers. → Read More

Bulgaria takes over, Germany's SPD votes This WEEK

While Bulgaria and Ireland present themselves at next week's plenary at the European Parliament, Germany's Social Democrats will decide if the preliminary coalition deal with Merkel is good enough. → Read More

Southern EU states unite on populism and migration

Southern EU states have said citizens should have more say on policy to combat populism, while calling for a "new and fair" asylum policy in the teeth of Visegrad opponents. → Read More

Medical cannabis makes small steps in EU

As of January 1, 2018 Denmark now permits the use of medical cannabis for patients suffering from various illnesses. But a stigma still lingers against the use of the plant-based drug as a medicine across Europe. → Read More

Rajoy and Puigdemont in new showdown

The Spanish PM and Catalan separatist leader said they were open to dialogue, but on different grounds, after Thursday's elections in Catalonia gave a majority of seats to the pro-independence parties. → Read More

Auditors call for stricter rules on donations to EU parties

The EU auditors believe that rules governing institutions involved in management of EU funds, donations and loans should be strengthened and fines for financial irregularities increased. → Read More

EU ombudsman asks Tusk for more transparency

Emily O'Reilly wants the European Council president to ask the council to join the transparency register, publish information on meetings with lobbyists and publish more notes on the EU leaders' work. → Read More