France becoming ‘irrelevant’ in Ukraine war and must bump up military aid, expert says

France has so far given 18 Caesar self-propelled artillery units, which are now feted along the Ukrainian front-line. That represents one quarter of France’s entire mobile artillery and military chiefs had warned it couldn’t give more without leaving it vulnerable in other regions like the Sahel. However, up to 12 are due to be pledged, … Read more

Why Liz Truss is right to go to first meeting of Macron’s ‘shadow EU’

What on Earth is the Prime Minister doing getting enmeshed in one of Emmanuel Macron’s grand visions for Europe? Liz Truss joining the first meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) of EU and non-EU nations isn’t betraying Brexit –  it is common sense and good politics.  The French president’s pet project was dismissed by … Read more

Macron threatens to ‘instantly’ dissolve parliament if MPs block his pension reforms

Emmanuel Macron has threatened to “instantly” dissolve parliament if French MPs block the pension reforms on which he has staked his political legacy. The threat, which has drawn comparisons to Boris Johnson’s proroguing of parliament, came as French schools, trains and businesses were hit on Thursday by the first major call for strikes since Mr … Read more

Brexit Britain wants to host big European political summit – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Times must be hard in London: Brexit Britain wants to rejoin Europe’s political community. According to three officials present at a meeting on Thursday, the United Kingdom told its European partners that Prime Minister Liz Truss is not only willing to attend the first gathering of the European … Read more

Government deal with France over migrant crisis cancelled over Emmanuel Macron ‘friend or foe’ row 

French sink migrant deal in a fit of pique: Joint beach patrols on northern coast are cancelled at the 11th hour amid anger over Emmanuel Macron ‘friend or foe’ row Boris Johnson’s government was set to make deal with France on migrant boats Liz Truss’s remarks over Emmanuel Macron being ‘friend or foe’ led it … 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

Macron slams nations staying neutral on Ukraine as ‘complicit’ with Russia – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Countries that refuse to take a side in Russia’s war in Ukraine are “complicit” with Moscow’s “new imperialism,” French President Emmanuel Macron told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday in an impassioned speech. “Those who are silent today are serving — whether against their will or secretly with a certain complicity — the … Read more

King Charles chooses France for first state visit after bonding with Macron

The “soft power” of the Royal family has always been exploited as a diplomatic tool, and the Foreign Office wants to capitalise on its popularity in the wake of the Queen’s funeral, which was watched by billions worldwide. Mr Macron delivered one of the most memorable tributes to the late Queen from any world leader … Read more

Liz Truss and Emmanuel Macron meeting could herald cautious reset of Anglo-French relations

Mr Macron’s stance towards Russia has moved closer to Britain’s as it became clear his efforts of diplomacy towards Putin had failed.  After the discovery of mass graves in Russian-occupied Izyum last week, Mr Macron warned there could be “no peace without justice”.  France, like Britain, has bolstered Europe’s eastern flank with troops and sent … Read more

World leaders know their place at the funeral of the century – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — It was the grandest of state funerals. It was a rare moment of shared national reflection. It was also a masterclass in diplomatic choreography. Two full hours before Queen Elizabeth II’s solemn state funeral began at 11 a.m. Monday, the world leaders began to arrive. They … Read more