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

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

Zelensky reports ‘positive results in several directions’ in war with Russia

Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky on Sunday said his troops are seeing “positive results in several directions” amid fighting in several regions across the eastern part of the country. In a national address, Zelensky said Ukrainian troops were making gains in the regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv and Zaporizhia, all of which have Russian-occupied areas. … Read more

Charles Michel favors opening EU to fleeing Russians – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article NEW YORK — Europe should allow in Russian citizens seeking to flee the country, European Council President Charles Michel said, as he blasted Russia’s “web of lies” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. In an interview with POLITICO on the sidelines of the UN meeting … Read more

Zelenskyy says Moscow targeting Ukrainians in occupied areas in mobilization – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy charged Russia with deliberately targeting Ukrainians in occupied parts of Ukraine in Moscow’s call-up of more soldiers for its invasion of the country. Zelenskyy said that in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, as well as “other parts of Ukraine, which they so far control,” Russians and separatist loyalists are seeking … 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