Macron, Scholz plan Berlin dinner to talk energy crisis, Russia tensions – POLITICO

BERLIN/PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to travel to Berlin on Monday to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a working dinner, three officials familiar with preparations for the trip told POLITICO. The sit-down, contingent on Scholz having recovered from COVID, would fall on a historical date — October 3, the day of … Read more

Russian gas flows across Ukraine jeopardized in transit fee spat – POLITICO

A war of words between gas companies in Ukraine and Russia is threatening gas transit to the EU. Ukraine’s Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom are at loggerheads over payments for gas shipments through pipelines across Ukraine — a trade that has continued despite the war between the two countries. But that deal is starting to fray. … Read more

German conservative leader accuses Ukrainian refugees of ‘welfare tourism’ – POLITICO

BERLIN — German opposition leader Friedrich Merz accused Ukrainian refugees of taking advantage of Germany’s social welfare system by seeking protection in the country, collecting benefits and then returning to Ukraine. “What we’re seeing is welfare tourism on the part of these refugees to Germany, back to Ukraine, to Germany, back to Ukraine,” Merz, the … Read more

England show off best and Harry Maguire before Pope lets air out at Wembley

The good news is that England overturned a two-goal deficit team to lead 3-2. The bad news was Harry Maguire and Nick Pope. Well, at least they entertained us. The next time we see England, they’ll be taking to the pitch for their first World Cup group match against Iran, but what are we to … Read more

What you need to know about Iran’s raging protests

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN — Protests continued across Iran on Sunday despite government crackdown and state media reports claiming that demonstrators have put an end to their … Read more

Putin is mobilizing. Germany and France are unlikely to step up. – POLITICO

John R. Deni is a research professor at the US Army War College‘s Strategic Studies Institute and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Hey‘s the author of “Coalition of the unWilling and unAble.” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decision to partially mobilize Russian reservists represents a significant escalation in his war against Ukraine. … Read more

Sven Goran-Eriksson defends Victoria Beckham and 2006 World Cup WAGs brigade

Sven Goran-Eriksson has defended Victoria Beckham, Coleen Rooney and the rest of the 2006 World Cup WAGs brigade after they were accused of stealing the spotlight. The Swedish football manager, 74, insisted that the group were doing ‘totally normal things’ as the glamorous crew sat in the stands and enjoyed fun-filled nights out in Germany … Read more

Pressure mounts on Germany’s Scholz to send tanks to Ukraine – POLITICO

The warning shots are getting closer and louder. In a heated parliamentary session on Thursday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz received stark signals from his coalition partners that they expect him to ramp up weapons supplies to Ukraine at what is becoming an increasingly critical inflection point of the war. While his government coalition bought him … Read more