Brexit Britain trapped in the middle as US and EU go to war on trade – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — Three years after leaving the EU to chart its own course, Britain finds itself caught between two economic behemoths in a brewing transatlantic trade war. In one corner sits the United States, whose Congress in August passed the Biden administration’s much-vaunted $369 … Read more

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

Ahead of Xi meeting, Biden calls out China – POLITICO

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — US President Joe Biden offered a full-throated American commitment to the nations of Southeast Asia on Saturday, pledging at a Cambodia summit to help stand against China’s growing dominance in the region — without mentioning the other superpower by name. Chinese President Xi Jinping was not in the room at the … Read more

China’s Xi warns Putin not to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article TAIPEI — Chinese leader Xi Jinping made his most direct criticism yet of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine on Friday, warning the Russian president not to resort to nuclear weapons and calling on visiting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to push for peace talks. Xi’s warning comes just over … Read more

China’s Xi warns Putin not to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article TAIPEI — Chinese leader Xi Jinping made his most direct criticism yet of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine on Friday, warning the Russian president not to resort to nuclear weapons and calling on visiting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to push for peace talks. Xi’s warning comes just over … Read more

Germany’s Scholz flies out under fire to meet Xi – POLITICO

BERLIN — Two pillars of Germany’s economic success story — cheap energy supplies from Russia and low security spending — collapsed this year. As Chancellor Olaf Scholz flies out to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing, he wants to make sure that the all-important third pillar — cozy relations with China — … Read more

Germany’s Scholz flies out under fire to meet Xi – POLITICO

BERLIN — Two pillars of Germany’s economic success story — cheap energy supplies from Russia and low security spending — collapsed this year. As Chancellor Olaf Scholz flies out to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing, he wants to make sure that the all-important third pillar — cozy relations with China — … 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

Putin threatens Europe again as Brussels braces for winter – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article The EU’s energy crisis response is getting bigger, slowly. But so, too, is the threat posed by Russia’s freeze on Europe’s gas supply. A new package of measures to bring down the price of gas and protect consumers this winter and beyond — including plans to fully leverage … Read more