Ukraine army discipline crackdown sparks fear and fury on the front – POLITICO

KYIV — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy refused to veto a new law that strengthens punishment for wayward military personnel on Thursday, rejecting a petition signed by over 25,000 Ukrainians who argue it’s too harsh. “The key to the combat capability of military units and ultimately of Ukraine’s victory, is compliance with military discipline,” Zelenskyy said in … Read more

What just happened at the European Parliament? – POLITICO

Watchdogs say it could be the “most serious,” “most shocking,” “most egregious” corruption scandal to hit Brussels in years. A series of at least 16 raids by the Belgian federal police Friday netted five people they said had committed “alleged offenses of criminal organization, corruption and money laundering.” The morning searches yielded €600,000 in cash, … Read more

EU aims for Israel reboot with summit – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article The EU is seeking to reset its often testy relationship with Israel next week, convening a summit on Monday of senior political figures for the first time in a decade.  The meeting format, known as the EU-Israel Association Council, has essentially been dormant since 2013, when Israel canceled … Read more

Europe’s right wing cheers Meloni’s win in Italy, as others look on nervously – POLITICO

Europe’s right wing is cheering Giorgia Meloni’s projected win in Italy’s election. Everyone else is looking anxiously at what happens next. Meloni is set to lead Italy’s most right-wing government since Benito Mussolini after the coalition led by her Brothers of Italy party won around 44 percent of the vote on Sunday. On Monday morning, … Read more

Germany’s Scholz inks gas deal with United Arab Emirates – POLITICO

Olaf Scholz culminated a two-day trip to the Persian Gulf region by signing a gas deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, but the German chancellor’s mission was overshadowed by human rights concerns. Amid Russia’s halt in gas deliveries to Germany and skyrocketing energy prices in Europe, Scholz traveled to the region to … Read more

Europe edges closer to a ban on facial recognition – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Should the EU ban software that can pick a face out of a crowd? A growing political coalition thinks so — and just received heavyweight support from the third largest group in the EU parliament, where a majority is now in favor of banning facial recognition tech that … Read more

UK parliament U-turns on letting Chinese delegation view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin – POLITICO

LONDON — A visiting Chinese delegation has been allowed to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state following a U-turn by U.K. parliamentary authorities. Vice President Wang Qishan and three other representatives of the Chinese government were invited into Westminster Hall, which forms part of the Houses of Parliament, on Sunday afternoon. POLITICO revealed on Thursday … Read more

Calls for war-crimes tribunal grow over Russia’s actions in Izyum – POLITICO

The foreign minister of the Czech Republic, current holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, called for a “special international tribunal” after evidence of torture on civilians emerged from a mass burial site in Izyum in northeastern Ukraine. “Russia left behind mass graves of hundreds of shot and tortured people in the … Read more