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

Germany and France join forces against Biden in subsidy battle – POLITICO

BERLIN/PARIS — Germany and France pushed Tuesday for tougher industrial policies such as more state subsidies for European businesses to counter the threat from US reforms that risk triggering a transatlantic trade war. The EU’s two leading economies put aside their bad blood of the past weeks to issue a joint statement vowing to “explore … Read more

Germany mulls breaking subsidy taboo to avoid trade war with Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN — With only six weeks to avoid a transatlantic trade showdown over green industries, the Germans are frustrated that Washington isn’t offering a peace deal and are increasingly considering a taboo-breaking response: European subsidies. Europe’s fears hinge on America’s $369 billion package of … Read more

Egypt’s COP27 PR disaster – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt — This country, famous for one mighty river, will be hoping the stream of sewage that flooded through the COP27 conference site was the nadir of an event that is quickly turning into a public relations nightmare. That seems unlikely. … Read more

Xi Jinping has secured his power at home. Now he’s stepping back out on the international stage

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. Hong Kong CNN — After securing his iron grip on power in a leadership reshuffle late last month, Chinese … 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

The way we deal with China must change – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — Berlin must change the way it deals with China as the country lurches back toward a more openly “Marxist-Leninist” political trajectory, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote in an op-ed on Thursday. In his article for POLITICO and the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Scholz defended his … Read more