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

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

UK PM Sunak makes surprise trip to Kyiv, boosts defense aid

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised 125 anti-aircraft guns and other air-defense technology as he made an unannounced visit Saturday — his first — to Ukraine’s snow-blanketed capital for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The air-defense package, which Britain valued at 50 million pounds ($60 million), comes as Russia has … Read more

G-20 leaders end summit condemning Russia despite divisions

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Members of the Group of 20 leading economies ended their summit Wednesday with a declaration of firm condemnation of the war in Ukraine and a warning that the conflict is making an already delicate world economy worse. The summit’s closing statement was noteworthy because world leaders managed to highlight a … 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

G-20 to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion, urge an end

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Leaders of most of the world’s economic powers are nearing approval of a declaration strongly denouncing Russia’s invasion that has devastated Ukraine and ruined the global economy. Even China, which has mostly declined to censure Russia until now, and India, which buys weapons from Russia, are providing encouraging words. On … Read more

Ukraine war, tensions with China loom over big Bali summit

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — A showdown between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin isn’t happening, but fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and growing tensions between China and the West will be at the fore when leaders of the world’s biggest economies gather in tropical Bali this week. The Group of 20 members began … Read more