EU sets out plan to cut back packaging waste – POLITICO

Say goodbye to mini shampoo bottles. The EU wants to slash the amount of packaging waste produced across the bloc, banning everything from mini hotel toiletries to throwaway plastic wrapping around some fresh fruit and vegetables. The proposal is part of the European Commission’s circular economy package, legislation aimed at slashing waste and reducing emissions … Read more

Brexit Britain trapped in the middle as US and EU go to war on trade – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — Three years after leaving the EU to chart its own course, Britain finds itself caught between two economic behemoths in a brewing transatlantic trade war. In one corner sits the United States, whose Congress in August passed the Biden administration’s much-vaunted $369 … Read more

Who’s going to pay for an ethical chocolate bar? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Europe, the world’s biggest consumer of chocolate, and West Africa, the leading grower of the cocoa beans used to make it, share a common goal to make the sector sustainable. But they have opposing views on how to put an end to the social, … Read more

Europe accuses US of profiting from war – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Nine months after invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is beginning to fracture the West.  Top European officials are furious with Joe Biden’s administration and now accuse the Americans of making a fortune from the war, while EU countries suffer.  “The fact is, if you look … Read more

How climate became the new culture war front line – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Delegates landing in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for U.N. climate talks this week are a global elite bent on tearing down national borders, stripping away individual freedoms and condemning working people to a life of poverty.  That dark view is held by a range of … Read more

Where Britain went wrong – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LIVERPOOL, England — On the long picket line outside the gates of Liverpool’s Peel Port, rain-soaked dock workers warm themselves with cups of tea as they listen to 1980s pop. Dozens of buses, cars and trucks honk in solidarity as they pass. Dockers’ strikes are not new to … Read more

Twitter must play by our rules – POLITICO

Europe has its own message for Elon Musk that it hopes will sink in: He’s about to face some of the world’s toughest online moderation rules and Brussels isn’t going to back down. Musk, who made headlines by bringing a sink to Twitter HQ as he took over the major social media platform, has European … Read more

Europe racks up record trade deficit. Can it bounce back? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe, the world’s largest economic bloc, enjoyed stable trade surpluses for a decade but the war in Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis have tipped the Continent into a spiraling external deficit unseen since the launch of the euro. The terms-of-trade shock maxed out in August, the latest … Read more

France plays bad cop as transatlantic trade tensions ramp up – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS — U.S. President Joe Biden needs to watch out; France is resuming its traditional role as Europe’s troublemaker on the transatlantic trade front. It had seemed like the bad blood between Brussels and Washington was easing on Biden’s watch. Facing a common foe in China, the EU … Read more

Global crypto markets face tougher rules under G20 plan – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Crypto’s Wild West era may be coming to an end. According to the Financial Stability Board (FSB), a global financial standard-setter, most of the cryptocurrency market should be subject to the same tough rulebook that governs traditional finance. The FSB, which was born in the wake of the … Read more