Exclusive: US issues license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop Venezuela offshore gas field

WASHINGTON/PORT OF SPAIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, US and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela. The license, issued by the US Treasury Department at Trinidad’s … Read more

Italy plays on historic heartstrings with Algeria to boost critical energy ties

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni hailed Algeria as Rome’s “most stable, strategic and long-standing” partner in North Africa as she wrapped up a two-day visit on Monday aimed at securing Italy’s energy supplies and promoting her plan for a “non-predatory ” approach to investment on the continent. Meloni, who leads Italy’s most right-wing government since … Read more

Scholz, Macron seek to reset fraught relations with big celebration – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. PARIS/BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron will aim to reboot their problematic relations with a big ceremony on Sunday as shared frustration over a new US law helps them overcome differences. Paris and Berlin have been at odds in … Read more

Time to join NATO? Moldova eyes joining ‘a larger alliance’ – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. DAVOS, Switzerland — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is prompting soul-searching in neighboring Moldova about whether the country needs to shift away from its constitutionally-enshrined neutrality and lock itself into a “larger alliance.” When asked about potential NATO accession, Moldova’s President Maia Sandu said in … Read more

France hit by nationwide strikes as unions fight Macron’s pension reform

Government wants to raise retirement age by two years to 64 Railways, schools and refineries among those hit by strike Macron’s reformist credentials at stake in dispute Polls show widespread opposition to pension reform PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) – French train drivers, teachers and refinery workers were among those who walked off their jobs on … Read more

EU moves onto Putin’s turf with new Armenia monitoring mission – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. YEREVAN, Armenia — For weeks, there’s been a new sight on Armenia’s dusty mountain roads. Among the aging Russian Ladas and imported German cars, you’ll spot a fleet of shiny SUVs with the blue and gold-starred flag of the European Union mounted on the … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

Hungary’s foreign minister says Brussels has failed on Russia sanctions

Hungary’s foreign minister strongly criticized the European Union’s sanctions against Russia, arguing that they have damaged its members’ economies more than their target’s as well as failing to stop the war in Ukraine. “If we make an assessment, an analysis, about the impact of sanctions, it is obvious that they have not fulfilled expectations,” Péter … Read more

In doomed coal village, Germany’s Greens go to war among themselves – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LÜTZERATH, Germany — The political party responsible for the pepper spray, the bulldozers and a coal deal with one of Germany’s biggest energy companies was the Greens. And every protester here on Saturday knew it. It was a chastening day for a party that … Read more

France’s massive ‘Made in Europe’ strategy – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The French government has pitched a complete overhaul of the European Union’s approach to boosting its industry, offering a sweeping “Made in Europe” strategy to counter a flood of US subsidies, according to documents seen by POLITICO. In a letter dated January 9, the … Read more