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

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

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

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

Disgruntled leaders reject VIP buses for queen’s funeral and demand the Biden treatment – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Britain is facing a diplomatic backlash over VIP travel arrangements for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, with multiple world leaders now requesting special permission to skip the proposed ‘park and ride’ scheme and arrive in their official vehicles. Countries of varying sizes are pushing back against a Foreign, Commonwealth … Read more