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

Rishi Sunak Faces First Major Party Rebellion Over Housebuilding Targets

Rishi Sunak is still committed to the government’s target of building 300,000 homes a year Rishi Sunak pulled a vote on his UK government’s housebuilding plans as dozens of Conservative Members of Parliament threatened the first major rebellion of his premiership. Some 47 Tory rank and file backbenchers had signed an amendment to the Levelling-Up … 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

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Kyiv, announces new $89 million air-support package

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised 125 anti-aircraft guns and other air-defense technology as he made an unannounced visit to Ukraine’s snow-blanketed war-time capital for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Key points: Rishi Sunak sought to reassure Volodymyr Zelenskyy there would be no change of stance in the UK’s support of Ukraine The … 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

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

Macron backs climate cash trillions – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Climate change talks have long been stymied over demands for transfers of billions of dollars — on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron backed a new push for the conversation to be measured in trillions. Speaking at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, … Read more

How climate became the new culture war front line – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Delegates landing in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for UN climate talks this week are a global elite bent on tearing down national borders, stripping away individual freedoms and condemning working people to a life of poverty. That dark view is held by a range of … Read more