Allies to help Norway patrol platforms at sea after ‘sabotage’ – POLITICO

Norway’s allies will help patrol the country’s oil and gas platforms at sea after Western countries declared leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines a likely act of sabotage, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said. “We’re in a dialogue with our allies regarding increased presence in the Norwegian (offshore) sector and have said yes to … Read more

Italy’s national interests take top priority, Meloni vows in first speech since elections – POLITICO

ROME — Giorgia Meloni, the far-right leader who is expected to head the next Italian government, said that Rome will start putting national interests first, in her first speech since last Sunday’s elections. Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party leads a right-wing coalition that took 44 percent of the vote. In the election campaign, she warned that … Read more

Huge pressure leaks hit undersea Nord Stream pipelines – POLITICO

Three Russia-to-Germany pipelines running under the Baltic Sea reported massive pressure falls, Danish authorities said. Two of the leaks were near the double Nord Stream 1 pipeline, to the northeast of Denmark’s Bornholm island, and one leak was reported near the Nord Stream 2 pipeline off the southeastern coast of the island, the Danish Maritime … Read more

England 3-3 Germany LIVE! Nations League result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

England host Germany tonight at Wembley in real need of a lift ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year. This is the Three Lions’ final match before their opening group-stage match against Iran, with no warm-up friendlies ahead of the tournament getting underway. It’s a dead rubber in terms of the Nations … Read more

Germany prepares to take in Russians refusing to fight in Ukraine

Berlin has streamlined its processes for asylum seekers fleeing Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, whether it be from the war-torn country of Russia. Ms Faeser said the system for offering people shelter had been made “quick and unbureaucratic”. Asylum applications would be inspected on a case-by-case basis, and be subject to stringent security checks, the … Read more

German army must become defender of Europe, says Olaf Scholz

The Germany army has spent too long drilling wells and stemming floods, Olaf Scholz said on Friday, as he promised to turn his military into “the best equipped” on the continent. Speaking at an army conference, the German chancellor admitted that his country had lived in an illusion that it was surrounded only by friends, … Read more

Putin’s NATO bungle – POLITICO

Ivo Daalder, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and host of the weekly podcast “World Review with Ivo Daalder.”  Russian President Vladimir Putin had high hopes for the invasion of his western neighbor earlier this year — he was going to bring all of Ukraine back into … Read more