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Past articles by Andrew:

EU to ban sales of toilets to Russia on war anniversary

New EU sanctions meant to degrade Russia's war machine include symbolic items, while letting strategic industries off the hook. → Read More

Polish MEP also went on freelance Azerbaijan trip

A fourth MEP's undeclared Azerbaijan trip adds to pressure for EU Parliament reform. → Read More

Tiny Kox: Russian spy in Strasbourg was 'no James Bond'

"He was there, but not saying or doing anything. I'm not sure if that's part of the behaviour of spies," Kox said. → Read More

Hundreds more Serb police join 'dangerous' Kosovo boycott

Hundreds more Kosovar-Serb police have resigned in northern Kosovo in a rolling protest that risks looking like de facto secession. → Read More

EU anti-Muslim hatred post still vacant

An EU office for combatting anti-Muslim hatred has stood empty for over a year, in what risks smelling of neglect. → Read More

Putin weaponising winter against the EU, Kyiv warns

Russia's destruction of Ukraine's power supplies is meant to push freezing refugees into the EU, Kyiv has warned. → Read More

France and Germany seek EU ban on killing male chicks

Nine EU countries are pushing for a Europe-wide ban to the systematic extermination of male chicks in farms. → Read More

Putin's diamond firm off the hook in EU sanctions

The EU is giving Russia carte blanche to keep selling diamonds to Antwerp and the rest of Europe, despite grave escalation in Ukraine. → Read More

Ireland joins EU hawks on Russia, as outrage spreads

Ireland has joined Poland and the Baltic states in lobbying for more hawkish Russia sanctions, in a sign of widening moral outrage in Europe. → Read More

'No big fish left' for further EU sanctions on Russians

EU diplomats are having to be ever-more creative in finding Russians to blacklist, after already designating 1,206 names. → Read More

Kosovo sets new deadline for car-plate sovereignty

Kosovo has started a 61-day countdown to a potential new flashpoint with Serbia amid EU appeals for calm. → Read More

Italy poised to elect far-right rulers

Italy has lurched closer to electing a far-right government in September after a centre-left coalition broke down on Sunday. → Read More

France and Italy ratify Nato expansion

Lawmakers in France, Italy, and the US have voted to let Finland and Sweden join Nato. → Read More

Lithuania only EU state to back Pelosi on Taiwan

Lithuania has become the only EU country to publicly endorse a controversial US visit to Taiwan by House speaker Nancy Pelosi. → Read More

Ethnic clashes on Kosovo-Serb border cause EU alarm

Kosovo has put off new border rules with Serbia following another flare-up in ethnic violence. → Read More

North Macedonia to finally open EU accession talks

North Macedonia is to finally open accession talks with the EU on Tuesday after MPs backed a deal to end Bulgaria's veto. → Read More

Turkey sends mixed signals on Sweden's entry into Nato

Turkey has let Sweden advance toward Nato despite an escalating dispute about extraditions and arms sales. → Read More

Israel smeared Palestinian activists, EU admits

The EU has overturned a funding ban on two Palestinian NGOs, effectively debunking an Israeli campaign to smear them as terrorists. → Read More

Finland and Sweden to join Nato, as Erdoğan drops veto

Turkey has agreed to let Finland and Sweden join Nato after a deal on Kurdish separatists and arms exports. → Read More

Anti-Muslim hatred ignored by EU, activists say

The EU has a problem with anti-Muslim hatred and its institutions are doing little to help, some 41 civil society groups have said. → Read More