Germany to ramp up defense spending in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

Germany to ramp up defense spending in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

Press play to listen to this article Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday announced a major boost to German military spending in the latest of a … Read more

West targets Russia’s defenses against ruble crash, bank run

West targets Russia’s defenses against ruble crash, bank run

FRANKFURT — The West has tied the hands of Russia’s central bank, rendering it powerless to prevent a catastrophic run on the ruble and the … Read more

EU aims to coordinate arms shipments to Ukraine

EU aims to coordinate arms shipments to Ukraine

Press play to listen to this article The EU, which proudly self-identifies as a “peace project,” is planning a more assertive wartime role in helping … Read more

Ukraine crisis prompts Germany to rethink Russian gas addiction

Ukraine crisis prompts Germany to rethink Russian gas addiction

Press play to listen to this article Never mind Nord Stream 2, what about Nord Stream 1? While Berlin shelved one pipeline linking Russia to … Read more

Putin recognizes separatist claims to Ukraine’s entire Donbas region

Putin recognizes separatist claims to Ukraine’s entire Donbas region

Press play to listen to this article Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he recognized Moscow-backed separatists’ claims to the whole of Ukraine’s Donbass region, … Read more

Transparency watchdog boss: Conflict of interest reports ‘serious’ for Munich Security Conference

Transparency watchdog boss: Conflict of interest reports ‘serious’ for Munich Security Conference

BERLIN — Indications that outgoing Munich Security Conference Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger used the conference to further his personal business interests “are serious” and the forum … Read more

European Union scrambles to patch up relations at Africa summit

European Union scrambles to patch up relations at Africa summit

Press play to listen to this article It is not easy to pinpoint the nadir of the EU’s great pivot to Africa. The shift in … Read more