The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer himself … Read more

Germany mulls breaking subsidy taboo to avoid trade war with Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN — With only six weeks to avoid a transatlantic trade showdown over green industries, the Germans are frustrated that Washington isn’t offering a peace deal and are increasingly considering a taboo-breaking response: European subsidies. Europe’s fears hinge on America’s $369 billion package of … Read more

As Xi reemerges, Europe again falls prey to China’s divide-and-rule tactics – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BALI, Indonesia — Every European leader at this week’s G20 summit in Bali wanted a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Not everyone got one. The Europeans’ desire to meet Xi was driven by the fact that this week was the first opportunity … Read more

The way we deal with China must change – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — Berlin must change the way it deals with China as the country lurches back toward a more openly “Marxist-Leninist” political trajectory, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote in an op-ed on Thursday. In his article for POLITICO and the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Scholz defended his … Read more

America’s Tai faces uphill battle to defuse EU trade war fears – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PRAGUE — U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai traveled more than 4,000 miles to prevent a transatlantic trade war over electric vehicles, but her EU counterparts signaled on Monday that they would be a tough crowd to win round. The growing spat hinges on U.S. legislation that encourages consumers … Read more

World leaders grieve deadly Halloween crowd surge in Seoul

HONG KONG — World leaders expressed sadness and condolences after at least 151 people were killed in a crowd surge Saturday night in Seoul, South Korea. The tragedy occurred in Seoul’s Itaewon district during Halloween festivities when a huge crowd surged into a narrow downhill alley. At least 82 others were injured in the South … Read more

Scholz and Macron threaten trade retaliation against Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN/PARIS — After publicly falling out, Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron have found something they agree on: mounting alarm over unfair competition from the U.S. and the potential need for Europe to hit back. The German chancellor and the French president discussed their joint concerns during nearly three-and-a-half … Read more

Emmanuel Macron calls for ‘Buy European Act’ to protect regional carmakers – POLITICO

PARIS — Emmanuel Macron called for a “Buy European Act” on Wednesday to protect carmakers on the Continent in the face of competition from China and in response to the United States’ own controversial scheme to incentivize domestic production. Speaking on TV channel France 2, the French president criticized the European Union as being “too … Read more

Macron prepares to snub Scholz in Paris – POLITICO

BERLIN/PARIS — Relations are now so icy between Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz, the leaders of the EU’s two economic powerhouses, that they are even struggling to agree on whether to be seen together in front of the press. As the French president and German chancellor prepared for a tête-à-tête in Paris on Wednesday, Berlin … Read more

No wonder the Brits voted Leave – POLITICO

John Bolton served as the 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and as the 26th United States National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019.  Watching the United Kingdom’s ongoing political turmoil is hardly edifying, neither is it any measure of London’s long-term international standing. All democracies experience periodical political unrest, especially under constitutional … Read more