Truss’s ‘yes’ boosts Macron’s new European forum initiative

44 EU and non-EU countries to attend Prague summit on Oct. 6 European Political Community is brainchild of France’s Macron Some diplomats deride talking shop but others see benefits PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s decision to join the inaugural summit of a pan-European grouping this week has given a boost … Read more

U.S. and Turkish officials discuss Ukraine and NATO in unannounced meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin in Istanbul on Sunday and discussed “progress on NATO accession for Finland and Sweden”, the White House said in a statement. The two, whose meeting was unannounced to the media beforehand, also discussed Turkey’s … Read more

Pope begs Putin to end ‘spiral of violence and death’, fears nuclear war

Pope says annexation risked nuclear escalation Says he has been haunted by “rivers of blood and tears” Most direct appeal to Putin since invasion in February Vatican official compares it to days of Cuban missile crisis VATICAN CITY, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis for the first time directly begged Russian President Vladimir Putin to … Read more

Latvia to remain Russia’s critic as prime minister wins election

RIGA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The centre-right New Unity party of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins won Saturday’s election, according to provisional results, with its 19% of the vote putting him in a position to head another coalition government. The results – with 96% of districts counted – mean Latvia should remain a leading voice … Read more

Russia’s Ukraine invasion is backdrop to election in Latvia

VILNIUS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Latvians were voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election, with opinion polls predicting that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’s centre-right New Unity party will win the most votes, enabling him to continue his coalition with the conservative National Alliance. A victory for Karins could widen a growing rift between the Latvian … Read more

Energy crisis sires new European order: a strong Italy and ailing Germany

MILAN/FRANKFURT, Sept 30 (Reuters) – In the weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy major Eni (ENI.MI), embarked on a whirlwind of trips to gas suppliers in Africa. The visits included meetings with officials in Algeria in February plus talks in Angola, Egypt and Republic of Congo … Read more

Exclusive: Europe braces for mobile network blackouts

PARIS/STOCKHOLM/MILAN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Once unthinkable, mobile phones could go dark around Europe this winter if power cuts or energy rationing knocks out parts of the mobile networks across the region. Russia’s decision to halt gas supplies via Europe’s key supply route in the wake of the Ukraine conflict has increased the chances of … Read more

Sweden issues warning of two gas leaks on Nord Stream 1 pipeline

The logo of Nord Stream is seen at the headquarters of Nord Stream AG in Zug, Switzerland March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register STOCKHOLM, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Sweden’s Maritime Authority said on Tuesday it had issued a warning of two leaks on the Russian-owned Nord Stream … Read more

Flights cancelled as storm Hermine hits Spain’s Canary Islands

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GRAN CANARIA, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Flights were cancelled across Spain’s Canary Islands on Sunday, airport operator Aena said, as storm Hermine moved in from over the Atlantic, bringing heavy rains to the popular holiday destination. There had been 141 cancellations by mid-afternoon across many of … Read more

EU’s von der Leyen delivers veiled warning to Italy’s right wing

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attends the 77th United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 21, 2022. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has warned … Read more