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Past articles by Lisbeth:

EU flags absent in Danish referendum campaign

The EU flag is nowhere to be seen, when Danish voters head to the polls on Wednesday — in the ninth referendum on the country's relationship to the European Union since 1972. → Read More

20 years of

Our special anniversary magazine gives an overview of the major events of these past 20 years - and, for every event, we talked to one of the key players. It makes this magazine a historic document of recent EU history. → Read More

[EUobserved] Celebrate with us. EUobserver's 20 years of independent EU news

More and more people have come to understand that today's challenges can only be dealt with at the European level. That is why today, perhaps even more than 20 years ago, there is an urgent need for independent, European, journalism. → Read More

[Coronavirus] Danish public employees sent home for two weeks

State of emergency laws, some in breach of the constitution, were tabled in the Danish parliament in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

[Feature] Paradox: Nordics' privileged youth feel miserable

Young people in the Nordic countries are among the most privileged in the world - yet many of them feel miserable. The Nordic Council is concerned and aims to find out why. → Read More

Brexit: "We're out!" after 47 years, but what's next?

"Brexit means Brexit" but many Brits are still wondering what it means as their country left the European Union on Friday. → Read More

[Focus] Nordic-German climate action signals broader alliance

Nordic countries and Germany have joined up on climate change, as Trump and Brexit push northern European countries closer together. → Read More

[Focus] Trump to meet Greenland leader in Denmark

Donald Trump is to meet Greenland leader Kim Kielsen while in Denmark next month, amid global attention prompted by Trump's offer to buy the vast island. → Read More

Greens eye 'kingmaker' role among MEPs for von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen immediately visited the European Parliament on Wednesday in order to gather support for her nomination to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission president. The Greens will now be key for her to secure the job. → Read More

German minister presidency plan upsets MEPs

While EU leaders seem to converge around German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, the European Parliament is not happy with the emerging agreement on top jobs. → Read More

Parliament outmanoeuvred in EU top-post game

The European parliament lost on Tuesday years of power struggle and gave up winning more influence on European politics via the so-called Spitzenkandidat process. → Read More

Denmark set to complete social democrat lead of Nordic EU bloc

The leader of the Danish Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen, is poised to win national elections on Wednesday and complete a shift of power in all the three Nordic EU countries to having social democrat leaders. → Read More

Thunberg: We can still fix climate, but must start today

Strong appeals from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and former EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard to take climate to heart when voting in Sunday's European elections. → Read More

[Feature] Le Pen warns against pushing Russia 'into arms of China'

French far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, is campaigning to 'save' Europe by transforming it into what she calls a De Gaulle-inspired 'Alliance of Nations'. She also warns against pushing Russia into the arms of China. → Read More

[Focus] Finnish MP: 'We need historians to secure peace'

In a world full of conflict, often sparked by climate change, and arms races, Nordic countries look into pooling resources and offering better peace mediation. → Read More

[Interview] Russia divides Europe's eurosceptic parties

Divisions on how to handle Russia's "neo-imperial appetite", among other factors, are set to block Italy's Matteo Salvini's dreams of spearheading a new EU league, Jan Zahradil, a leading Czech MEP and candidate for EU Commission president has said. → Read More

[Magazine] The changing of the guards in the EU in 2019

The four most powerful EU institutions - Commission, Parliament, Council and Central Bank will all have new leaders in the coming ten months. Here is an overview. → Read More

Europe shifts gear to balance relations with China better

A new 10-point strategic plan sharpens Europe's profile in relations with China, and signals impatience with Beijing. → Read More

Finnish government collapses ahead of EU presidency

Finland's centrist prime minister Juha Sipila's surprise resignation kicks off a busy political spring in the Nordic country, with national and EU elections as well as preparing to head the EU' rotating six-month presidency from 1 July. → Read More

[Feature] Apple moves Denmark from cows to clouds

US tech giant Apple will open its first data centre outside the US in 2019 in a tiny Danish village. Cheap electricity, plus stable societies, are the two main reasons for global high-tech companies to locate in the Nordic region. → Read More