The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer … Read more

EU diplomats see ‘London talking to London’ as Westminster debates Swiss-style pact with Brussels – POLITICO

British politics might be abuzz with talk of a “Swiss-style” relationship with the European Union — but the mood on the Continent is one of polite bemusement. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was this week forced to push back at a report in the Sunday Times that “senior government figures” in his fledgling administration are … Read more

EU diplomats see ‘London talking to London’ as Westminster debates Swiss-style pact with Brussels – POLITICO

British politics might be abuzz with talk of a “Swiss-style” relationship with the European Union — but the mood on the Continent is one of polite bemusement. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was this week forced to push back at a report in the Sunday Times that “senior government figures” in his fledgling administration are … Read more

Boris Johnson claims France was ‘in denial’ before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

London CNN — Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed France was “in denial” about the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, and accused the German government of initially favoring a quick Ukrainian military defeat over a long conflict. Johnson told CNN’s partner network CNN Portugal on Monday that the attitudes of Western … Read more

Kyiv’s mayor: Extraordinary, in extraordinarily tough times

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The body armor propped against a radiator, ready for use, the spent shell casing adding to clutter on his desk, the boxing memorabilia and the sign asking visitors to leave firearms at his door: All shout that this is the office of an extraordinary mayor, in extraordinarily difficult times. Other, more … Read more

Rishi Sunak ditches plan to class China as a ‘threat’ to UK security – POLITICO

BALI, Indonesia — Rishi Sunak has hinted he will abandon plans to declare China a “threat” to national security as part of a major review of British foreign policy. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to the G20 summit in Bali, the British prime minister softened his language on Beijing and twice refused to back … Read more

Rishi Sunak ditches plan to class China as a ‘threat’ to UK security – POLITICO

BALI, Indonesia — Rishi Sunak has hinted he will abandon plans to declare China a “threat” to national security as part of a major review of British foreign policy. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to the G20 summit in Bali, the British prime minister softened his language on Beijing and twice refused to back … Read more

Bad Friday for Northern Ireland as UK confirms unwanted election — but when? – POLITICAL

Press play to listen to this article BELFAST — The Northern Ireland Assembly will face an overwhelmingly unwanted election soon following the collapse of power-sharing, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced following a day of mounting confusion and uncertainty. Heaton-Harris confounded expectations by declining to confirm the widely briefed date of Thursday, December 15, for … Read more

Bad Friday for Northern Ireland as UK confirms unwanted election — but when? – POLITICAL

Press play to listen to this article BELFAST — The Northern Ireland Assembly will face an overwhelmingly unwanted election soon following the collapse of power-sharing, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris announced following a day of mounting confusion and uncertainty. Heaton-Harris confounded expectations by declining to confirm the widely briefed date of Thursday, December 15, for … Read more

Rishi Sunak pledges to fix Truss’ ‘mistakes’ after becoming third UK PM in seven weeks

London CNN — Rishi Sunak officially became Britain’s third prime minister in seven weeks on Tuesday, acknowledging that “mistakes were made” by his predecessor as he sought to bring stability to the UK after months of political and economic turmoil. He was appointed by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London shortly after Liz … Read more