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

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

UK MPs defend accepting ‘lavish’ Qatari gifts before World Cup – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — British MPs have defended taking gifts paid for by the Qatari government as a corruption scandal in Brussels shines the spotlight on lobbying by the country ahead of the World Cup. The Qatari government spent more than £260,000 in gifts, hospitality and … 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

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

‘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

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

Zelenskyy says Moscow targeting Ukrainians in occupied areas in mobilization – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy charged Russia with deliberately targeting Ukrainians in occupied parts of Ukraine in Moscow’s call-up of more soldiers for its invasion of the country. Zelenskyy said that in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, as well as “other parts of Ukraine, which they so far control,” Russians and separatist loyalists are seeking … Read more

EU plans new sanctions after Putin’s nuclear escalation threat – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe is drawing up plans to hit Russia with fresh sanctions amid demands for a swift response, after Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine.  The Russian dictator announced a major escalation on Wednesday, including the mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists and a warning … Read more

Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spain’s Pedro Sánchez says – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Russia is at war not only with Ukraine, but with the whole EU — and it’s losing, according to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Russian President Vladimir Putin is “using energy as a war tool” because he is threatened by the EU’s values, Sánchez told POLITICO in New York, where more than 150 … Read more