Ukraine is fighting Western war fatigue, minister says – POLITICO

BERLIN — Combatting war fatigue in the West has become a central challenge for Ukraine as it urges its allies to keep weapons and other aid flowing, according to Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrij Melnyk. “There’s a feeling that now the tank issue has been settled people can put their feet up,” Melnyk told POLITICO … Read more

Brazil’s Lula snubs Olaf Scholz with Ukraine war remarks – POLITICO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Brazil’s newly inaugurated President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva traded barbs late Monday on who’s responsible for Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, as the latter suggested that Kyiv could also be at fault. Scholz arrived in the capital Brasília late Monday as part of a South American trip aimed at advancing … Read more

Woman found lookalike — and killed her to fake own death: prosecutors

A German woman is accused of murdering a lookalike she found on Instagram in an elaborate attempt to fake her own death. The alleged perpetrator — identified only as 23-year-old Sharaban K. — killed beauty blogger Khadidja O., also 23, in Ingolstadt, Germany last August, according to investigators. Khadidja O. had been brutally stabbed more … Read more

Euro zone GDP Q4 2022

The latest euro zone growth numbers are out as the ECB considers what to do next. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images The euro zone beat expectations on Tuesday by posting positive growth in the final quarter of 2022 and reducing fears of a potential regional recession. Preliminary Eurostat data released Tuesday showed that the … Read more

New Czech president risks China’s rage with call to Taiwanese leader – POLITICO

Petr Pavel, the Czech Republic’s president-elect, held a phone call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday, becoming the first elected European head of state to do so, in a move that risks angering China. European Union leaders traditionally refrain from direct political contact with Taiwanese authorities, limiting official exchanges to the level of civil … Read more

France will consider training Ukrainian fighter jet pilots – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. PARIS — France is considering Ukraine’s request for fighter-jet pilot training, according to an aide to French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu. The French and Ukrainian defense ministers are due to discuss the request during a call this week, the aide told POLITICO on Monday. … Read more

Ukraine wants to join the EU within two years, PM says – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has a tight two-year timetable for securing EU membership that is bound to dominate discussions at this week’s historic EU-Ukraine summit, the first to take place on Ukrainian soil. The problem? No one within the EU thinks this is … Read more

Germany warns against arms race as Ukraine pushes for missiles, jets

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is warning against a race to arm Ukraine with high-powered weapons as Ukraine ramps up its calls for fighter jets and long-range missiles. Scholz engineered a breakthrough with President Biden to send modern tanks to Ukraine earlier this month, but has said fighter jets are a non-starter. “I can only advise … Read more

Scholz doubles down on refusal of fighter jets for Ukraine – POLITICO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz doubled down on his rejection of demands by Kyiv to supply Ukraine with fighter jets on the heels of Berlin’s agreement to send battle tanks. “The question of combat aircraft does not arise at all,” Scholz said in an interview with Tagesspiegel published on Sunday. “I can only advise against entering … Read more

Germany’s Scholz denounces ‘bidding war’ over jets for Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

The Chancellor’s comments follow repeated requests by Ukrainian politicians for fighter aircraft after battle tanks were pledged for the war against Russia. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has again pushed back against demands in Germany and from Ukrainian officials for fighter jets to repel Russia’s invasion, urging Western nations not to join a “bidding war” for sophisticated … Read more