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

Liz Truss’ honeymoon canceled as pound plummets and UK borrowing costs soar – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LIVERPOOL, England — As an inexperienced leader taking charge of a country in crisis, Liz Truss knew she needed to hit the ground running this month. But three weeks into her fledgling premiership, the new U.K. prime minister finds herself scrambling to stay ahead of events as last … Read more

G7 leaders condemn ‘sham’ referendums in occupied Ukraine – POLITICO

Leaders of the G7 condemned the “sham” Russian referendums being carried out in occupied Ukraine as a “phony” pretext to illegally grab territory. In a statement on Friday evening, the group of the wealthiest nations said that the votes organized by Moscow were in breach of the U.N. Charter and international law and had no … Read more

Stocks plunge, dragging Wall Street toward another down week

Fed rate hike raises recession fears Fed rate hike decision raises recession fears on Wall Street 06:04 Wall Street suffered sharp declines on Friday as recession fears took hold of investors following the Federal Reserve’s latest interest-rate hike. Major U.S. indices finished the week with losses for the fourth time in five weeks.  Markets sold off … Read more

Hilary Mantel, author of ‘Wolf Hall’ Tudor saga, dies at 70

LONDON — Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author who turned Tudor power politics into page-turning fiction in the acclaimed “Wolf Hall” trilogy of historical novels, has died, her publisher said Friday. She was 70. Mantel died “suddenly yet peacefully” on Thursday surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said. Mantel is credited with reenergizing … Read more

World leaders descend on London for Queen Elizabeth II funeral – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Even in death, Queen Elizabeth II has convening power. World leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron descended on the U.K. capital to pay their respects to the late monarch Sunday, as the country prepared to say goodbye in grand style to its … Read more

Watch: Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral service at Westminster Abbey

Watch: Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral service at Westminster Abbey – CBS News Watch CBS News A state funeral was held at historic Westminster Abbey in London for Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept. 8, 2022 at the age of 96. The British royal family and hundreds of world leaders were in attendance. Watch … 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