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Past articles by Aleksandra:

[Focus] Norway and Poland reach deal on €809 million aid scheme

Negotiations were stalled for weeks, as Warsaw tried to capture funds earmarked for the civil sector. → Read More

Endocrine legislation could be delayed years after veto

MEPs last week blocked the European Commission's proposal to define hormone-disrupting chemicals, saying it did not go far enough to protect human health. They may inadvertently have kicked EU legislation on the matter into the next parliamentary term. → Read More

EU ties under pressure in run-up to Norway's election

The next coalition will likely be split on Norway's ties to the EU, with potential coalition partners on both sides wanting to end the EEA deal currently regulating the country's relations with the bloc. → Read More

[Interview] Guerot: Germany could lose its role in Europe

The leading EU member state must sooner or later face its responsibility for Europe's problems, said German political thinker Ulrike Guerot. → Read More

Only five countries are helping gay Chechens leave Russia

EU leaders were vocal in their criticism of the anti-gay campaign that took place in the Russian republic of Chechnya earlier this year. But only a few countries are willing to offer a refuge to the victims. → Read More

Young people show up in droves to defend Poland's courts

The ruling Law and Justice party's bid to take control of Poland's court system has angered young people, who had so far been absent from anti-government protests. → Read More

EU adopts hormone disruptor standards

A European Commission proposal on how to define endocrine disruptors was voted through on Tuesday, after a year of blockage. A French turn-around allowed the decision. → Read More

Political games behind Germany's same-sex marriage vote

Gay marriage is set to be adopted in a snap vote at the German parliament on Friday, after chancellor Angela Merkel seemingly reversed her long-standing opposition to the issue. → Read More

Political games behind Germany's gay marriage vote

Gay marriage was adopted in a snap vote at the German parliament on Friday. But lesbians and gays acquired this right after German chancellor Angela Merkel tried to sabotage the electoral campaigns of her opponents. → Read More

EU mulls post-Brexit budget options

EU seeks novel ways to plug a Brexit-based budget hole of up to €11 billion, but income from fines, such as the one on Google, cannot be relied on. → Read More

EU fines Google €2.4 bn over online shopping

Brussels says Google has abused a near-monopoly position in online searches to favour its shopping service, but the US company said Brussels cannot prove the charges. → Read More

Cheap meat is a bigger problem for climate and health

A leading scholar of sustainability issues has called on the EU to introduce protectionist food policies that impose tough health and environmental standards in order to stop the imports of cheap and poor quality meat. → Read More

EU extends sanctions on Russia

German chancellor Angela Merkel said that Russia hadn't done enough to implement the so-called Minsk peace process, a condition for lifting the sanctions. → Read More

Lack of eligible candidates dogs EU relocation scheme

Member states could fail to meet their refugee quotas even if they wanted to, as strict eligibility rules mean there are few candidates left in Greece and Italy. Sweden is already wondering if it will meet its pledge. → Read More

EU pressures firms to tackle online terrorism

EU leaders said on Thursday that there should be a way to tackle encrypted chat services like Whatsapp when terror suspects use them. → Read More

So what if the Irish PM is gay?

Taoiseach's sexual orientation has grabbed headlines, but history shows that gay politicians seldom promote LGBT rights. → Read More

EU-critical radicals double support in Kosovo

Vetevendosje, which has been labelled as a radical, anti-EU party, doubled its support in Sunday's poll and is now Kosovo's largest party. → Read More

Ukraine celebrates visa-free travel with EU love show

Thousands of people flocked to Kiev's European square on Saturday to listen to Eurovision songs and the EU anthem while counting down the minutes to Ukraine's visa waiver. → Read More

Austria ready to take German toll road plan to court

Vienna is unhappy with the European Commission after it closed down its probe into a German scheme to charge drivers money, and could take the case to the European Court of Justice. → Read More

Gay rights at heart of Poland's value conflict

Anti-gay statements are part of an anti-EU narrative propagated by Poland's ruling Law and Justice party. But only a few politicians from the opposition are willing to challenge the image of Poland as a homophobic country. → Read More