Heads roll in Ukraine graft purge, but defense chief Reznikov rejects rumors he’s out – POLITICO

KYIV — Heads are rolling in President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s expanding purge against corruption in Ukraine, but Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov is denying rumors that he’s destined for the exit — a move that would be viewed as a considerable setback for Kyiv in the middle of its war with Russia. Two weeks ago, Ukraine was … Read more

The delayed impact of the EU’s wartime sanctions on Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The EU was quick to hit Russia with sanctions after Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine — but it took time and an escalation of measures before Moscow started to feel any real damage. Since the war started in late February last year, … Read more

Putin has never threatened me, Germany’s Scholz says – POLITICO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Russian President Vladimir Putin has never threatened him or Germany, following claims by Boris Johnson that Putin threatened the former U.K. prime minister with a missile strike. “Putin didn’t threaten me or Germany” in the phone conversations the chancellor has had with the Russian leader, Scholz told German newspaper Bild … Read more

Germany wants countries to regulate the crypto industry after the FTX and Bankman-Fried debacle- Technology News, Firstpost

FP StaffDec 15, 2022 17:29:13 IST Germany’s plan to regulate crypto comes after Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX was arrested for misappropriating billions of dollars and violating campaign laws committing one of America’s biggest financial frauds. Image Credit: AFP Germany’s top regulator this week called for global regulation of the cryptocurrency industry to protect … Read more

5 teams with most semi-final appearances in FIFA World Cup history

Argentina, Croatia, Morocco, and France are the four finalists of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Each team has fought tooth and nail to get here, beating some excellent teams in the process. Going so deep into the tournament requires unmatched dedication and enviable quality, which is why only a handful of nations have managed to … Read more

Last WWII British “Dambuster,” from air raids that hit Nazi Germany’s industrial heartland, dies aged 101

Britain’s last surviving “Dambuster,” Squadron Leader George “Johnny” Johnson poses for a photograph during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raids, at RAF Coningsby, May 16, 2018 in Coningsby, England. Leon Neal/Getty London — The last surviving crew member of a British Royal Air Force squadron that targeted Nazi Germany’s industrial heartland … Read more

German cops arrest 25 far-right extremists for plotting coup – POLITICO

German police arrested 25 people from a far-right group on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government after unprecedented state-wide raids Wednesday morning. “The defendants belong to a terrorist organization founded no later than the end of November 2021, which has set itself the goal of overcoming the existing state order in Germany and replacing … Read more

Nord Stream 2 pipeline seems to have stopped leaking, Danes say

The Danish Energy Agency says one of two ruptured natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking natural gas. The agency said on Twitter on Saturday it had been informed by the company operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that pressure appears to have stabilized in the pipeline, which runs from … Read more

How the far-right got out of the doghouse – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article European far-right politicians just stormed to victory in Italy, after achieving historic results in France and Sweden. “Everywhere in Europe, people aspire to take their destiny back into their own hands!” said Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Rally Party.  But if you think there … Read more