Brussels’ uphill battle to confiscate Russian assets – POLITICO

Brussels’ uphill battle to confiscate Russian assets – POLITICO

The European Commission is exploring legal options to confiscate Russian state and private assets as a way to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction, according to a document seen by POLITICO. The goal would be “identifying ways to strengthen the tracing, identification, freezing and management of assets as preliminary steps for potential confiscation,” according to the document. … Read more

UK slams Russian claim British Navy had part in Nord Stream blasts – POLITICO

UK slams Russian claim British Navy had part in Nord Stream blasts – POLITICO

The British Navy stands accused by the Russian government, without evidence, of blowing up the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, a claim the UK rejected as “false.” “According to available information, representatives … of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the … Read more

8 things to know about the environmental impact of ‘unprecedented’ Nord Stream leaks – POLITICO

8 things to know about the environmental impact of ‘unprecedented’ Nord Stream leaks – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article The apparent sabotage of both Nord Stream gas pipelines may be one of the worst industrial methane accidents in history, scientists said Wednesday, but it’s not a major climate disaster. Methane — a greenhouse gas up to 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide — is escaping into … Read more

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

‘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

Ukraine’s prime minister taking Russia visa ban fight to Berlin, Brussels – POLITICO

Ukraine’s prime minister taking Russia visa ban fight to Berlin, Brussels – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal slammed the EU’s efforts to stop Russian citizens from visiting Europe in a recent interview with POLITICO — and now he’s bringing his arguments to Berlin and Brussels. Ahead of a visit to both the German and EU capitals for meetings, Shmyhal was … Read more

Gorbachev’s death cracks open Europe’s Russian divide – POLITICO

Gorbachev’s death cracks open Europe’s Russian divide – POLITICO

When the death was announced of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Europe’s Western elites lined up to pay glowing tributes to the heroic statesman who helped end the Cold War. For many Eastern Europeans, the truth is bitterly different. “Lithuanians will not glorify Gorbachev,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said. “We will never forget the … Read more

Does the whole world hate Liz Truss? – POLITICO

Does the whole world hate Liz Truss?  – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Around the world, governments are slowly waking up to a new reality: Liz Truss is about to become UK prime minister. London-based diplomats are scrambling to report back to their capitals with intelligence on the Conservative leadership front-runner, as every new poll offers further evidence that … Read more

NATO will increase high-readiness force to ‘well over’ 300,000 troops – POLITICO

NATO will increase high-readiness force to ‘well over’ 300,000 troops – POLITICO

NATO will boost its high-readiness forces to more than 300,000 troops, the alliance’s chief announced on Monday, in part of plans that he described as “The biggest overhaul of our collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.” The current NATO response force compromises approximately 40,000 troops. Speaking to reporters ahead of a summit of … Read more

US warship calms Sweden’s NATO nerves – POLITICO

US warship calms Sweden’s NATO nerves – POLITICO

STOCKHOLM – In the Swedish capital this weekend, everyone was talking about the American warship. Moored in the main waterway linking Stockholm with the Baltic Sea, the towering presence of the USS Kearsarge dominated the city center, its 253-meter-long silhouette creating a new militaristic skyline against the early summer sun. A couple of Danish tourists … Read more

Silence blankets Finland’s border with Russia – POLITICO

Silence blankets Finland’s border with Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article VAINIKKALA, Finland – At the train station in this small village, where the rail link between Finland’s capital Helsinki and Russia’s northern metropolis St. Petersburg crosses the border, all was quiet. The high-speed train service, known as Allegro, which for years passed here four times a day carrying … Read more