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

Even Russia’s friends are getting upset over its war – POLITICO

NEW YORK — By the time Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly this week, he and his country had already lost much of the audience. Throughout the annual gathering, world leader after world leader had expressed deep discomfort if not outright condemnation over Russia’s war in Ukraine. … 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