How activists shaped Sweden’s NATO debacle – POLITICO

Elisabeth Braw is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and an advisor at Gallos Technologies. Sweden’s process to join NATO should have been the easiest accession in the alliance’s history — then Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decided to play hardball, mixing legitimate fears about terrorism with electoral opportunistic politicking. Unfortunately, various activists … Read more

As deadly protests continue, Peru’s government faces crisis Protests News

Lima, Peru — Dozens of civilians shot dead by armed forces. The gates of a premier public university stormed by a military tank. Police precincts set aflame. Nearly seven weeks after Dina Boluarte ascended to Peru’s presidency in the wake of her predecessor Pedro Castillo’s chaotic removal, the protests that have roiled the country’s south … Read more

How the EU’s poorest country secretly saved Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Last spring, Ukraine’s army was running desperately low on the fuel and Soviet caliber ammunition it needed to fight the Russians. Salvation came from an unexpected quarter: Bulgaria. Thanks to its fractured domestic politics – and the pro-Russian leanings of many of its elite … 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

German defense chief reportedly set to quit ahead of key Ukraine tank decision – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Germany’s controversial Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht is reportedly set to step down as early as Monday, suffering the consequences from a series of blunders that hurt her credibility and increasingly weighed on Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his declared sea-change in German defense policy. The … Read more

Biden political future clouded by classified document probe

NEW YORK (AP) – Virtually everything was going right for President Joe Biden as he opened the year. His approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing down. And as Democrats united behind his likely reelection campaign, Republicans were at war with themselves after a disappointing midterm season. But on Thursday, Biden’s political outlook veered … Read more

Czech presidential election: What you need to know Politics News

Prague, Czech Republic – Eight candidates will face off in this week’s Czech presidential election, and one thing is certain: The next head of state will be from the opposition. “What makes these elections extraordinary is that none of the candidates represent the three-party governing coalition,” political analyst Jan Herzmann told Al Jazeera. “It is … Read more

Make or break for Macron as he unveils unpopular pension reform – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. PARIS — France’s disrupter-in-chief Emmanuel Macron is charging ahead and tackling one of the nation’s many sacred cows: raising the retirement age — despite stiff opposition from trade unions and swathes of the French public. His Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is set to present … Read more

Palestinians watch on as far-right Israeli gov’t comes into power Israel-Palestine conflict News

The Israeli parliament has sworn in Benjamin Netanyahu as the new prime minister, inaugurating the country’s most far-right, religiously conservative government in history, leaving Palestinians worried about what comes next. The year 2022 was already the deadliest for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since 2006, as Israel conducted near-daily military raids, and the Gaza … Read more

EU wary of further Kosovo-Serbia tensions as it pushes final deal – POLITICO

PRISTINA, Kosovo – Repeated border roadblocks, shootings and attacks on journalists have imperiled months of EU-led negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia. In the past week, a long-running dispute between the two countries once again reached a tipping point, with new barricades going up and Serbia moving its troops to high readiness after Kosovo deployed police … Read more