Ukraine to get cold shoulder on rapid EU entry – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Top EU leaders are traveling to Ukraine this week, but they won’t be bringing promises that the war-torn country can join the bloc anytime soon. Brussels is expected to pour cold water on Ukraine’s hopes that it could swiftly join the EU during a … Read more

Ukraine wants to join the EU within two years, PM says – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has a tight two-year timetable for securing EU membership that is bound to dominate discussions at this week’s historic EU-Ukraine summit, the first to take place on Ukrainian soil. The problem? No one within the EU thinks this is … Read more

The Cold War roots of Scholz’s tank trauma – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. In early January of 1984, an aspiring young West German socialist with a shoulder-length curly mane traveled by train to East Berlin with his comrades for an important meeting. It was a tense time in the Cold War with the arms race between the … Read more

The Cold War roots of Scholz’s tank trauma – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. In early January of 1984, an aspiring young West German socialist with a shoulder-length curly mane traveled by train to East Berlin with his comrades for an important meeting. It was a tense time in the Cold War with the arms race between the … Read more

Germany Okays A Dozen Polish Tanks For Ukraine. Hundreds More Could Follow.

A Polish army Leopard 2. Wikimedia Commons In an important reversal, the German government this weekend signaled it would not try to stop the government of Poland from supplying German-built Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainian army. The go-ahead for a Leopard 2 transfer, uttered on French television by German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock, could … Read more

Mystery divers rescued near Polish energy sites in the middle of the night offer dubious explanation, and vanish

Coast guards rescued three divers off the northern coast of Poland over the weekend whose dubious explanation of their night-time dive near critical energy infrastructure, along with their mysterious identities, has reportedly sparked a cross-agency investigation. The three men, who told authorities they were Spanish nationals, were rescued by lifeguards near the Polish coastal city … Read more

Scholz holds key to Leopards for Ukraine, but waits for Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN/DAVOS — International efforts to ship Ukraine modern tanks may hinge on Germany — but it’s waiting for the US to move first, which isn’t happening. Ahead of a meeting of Western defense ministers this Friday at the US Ramstein air base in Germany, … Read more

EU moves onto Putin’s turf with new Armenia monitoring mission – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. YEREVAN, Armenia — For weeks, there’s been a new sight on Armenia’s dusty mountain roads. Among the aging Russian Ladas and imported German cars, you’ll spot a fleet of shiny SUVs with the blue and gold-starred flag of the European Union mounted on the … Read more

How the EU’s poorest country secretly saved Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Last spring, Ukraine’s army was running desperately low on the fuel and Soviet caliber ammunition it needed to fight the Russians. Salvation came from an unexpected quarter: Bulgaria. Thanks to its fractured domestic politics — and the pro-Russian leanings of many of its elite … Read more

Germany’s Scholz changes defense ministers — but not his reluctance on tanks (yet) – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN — Olaf Scholz has once again rebooted his security policy, nominating a new defense minister to take the reins. But when it comes to his reluctance to send battle tanks to Ukraine, the German chancellor is still waiting for the US to take … Read more