How Washington chased Huawei out of Europe – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Huawei is giving up on Europe. The Chinese telecoms giant is pushing out its pedigreed Western lobbyists, retrenching its European operations and putting its ambitions for global leadership on ice. The reasons for doing this have little to do with the company’s commercial potential … Read more

A Twitter-savvy US ambassador calling out conspiracies – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BUDAPEST — On an early morning drive from his residence to the U.S. Embassy, David Pressman kept a close eye on his surroundings.  Look, the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary said, pointing out the government-funded billboards dotting Budapest’s streets.  “The Brussels sanctions are ruining … Read more

Call for probe into Truss phone hack claims – POLITICO

Claims that former U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss’ mobile phone was hacked by foreign agents while she was serving as foreign secretary must be “urgently investigated,” the opposition Labour Party said. Private messages exchanged between Truss’ personal phone and foreign officials — including detailed discussions about arms shipments to Ukraine — are thought to have … Read more

Can Putin’s ‘Butcher of Syria’ save Russia from another rout? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Russia’s General Sergei Surovikin is no stranger to mass murder and spreading terror. In Chechnya, the shaven-headed veteran officer, who has the physique of a wrestler and an expression to match, vowed to “destroy three Chechen fighters for every Russian soldier killed.” And he’s remembered bitterly in northern … Read more

Brussels readies new Iran sanctions over drones sold to Russia – POLITICO

The EU is planning to sanction multiple Iranian individuals and entities within the coming days over arms sales to Russia, four officials and diplomats told POLITICO’s Brussels Playbook. The move comes amid reports that Russia has used Iranian drones to strike civilian targets in Ukraine and may soon receive precision-guided Iranian missiles. According to U.S. … Read more

Germany fires cyber chief after Russia controversy – POLITICO

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has fired Arne Schönbohm, head of the country’s cybersecurity agency (BSI), following a controversy over his alleged contacts with Russia. Schönbohm is to exit the Interior Ministry with immediate effect, a ministry spokesperson told local media in Berlin today. In addition, disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against Schönbohm. Previously, Spiegel … Read more

China’s COVID lockdowns spell relief for Europe’s energy security worries – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article China’s President Xi Jinping has some good news for Europe — his country’s draconian zero-COVID policies aren’t likely to be dropped. That’s a relief for European buyers of liquefied natural gas, as China’s economic slowdown has freed up LNG cargos crucial to replacing the Russian gas that used … Read more

Putin’s endgame? Kremlin infighting spills into the open – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Vladimir Putin was master of all he surveyed; then he invaded Ukraine.  For the first time in two decades, the Russian president’s opponents think it more likely than not that he will depart in the near term, although they disagree about how the endgame might play out, who … Read more

‘Grotesque’ Russian disinfo campaign mimics Western news websites to sow dissent – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article In Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel warned about natural gas shortages. In the United Kingdom, the Guardian, another media outlet, raised doubts about Russian war crimes in Ukraine. In Italy, Ansa, a leading news agency, criticized Kyiv’s storage of much-needed grain. These news stories were all promoted extensively … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more