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Europe now finds itself short of national leaders with the charisma and political space to champion its values on the global stage. Photo: Ludovic Marin / Pool / AFP
Europe now finds itself short of nationa... […]

Macron’s domestic travails to sap European leadership

Emmanuel Macron's loss of his overall majority risks further weakening European leadership, with France's leader set to be distracted by domestic troubles even while retaining control over foreign policy
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictued during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. Photo: Wang Zhao / AFP
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictue... […]

Putin warns EU nations need ruble accounts to get gas

President Vladimir Putin has warned "unfriendly" countries, including all EU members, they will be cut off from Russian gas unless they open an account in rubles to pay for deliveries
The Social Democratic (SPD) candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz (C) is flanked by the Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock and FDP leader Christian Lindner, following exploratory coalition talks in Berlin. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP
The Social Democratic (SPD) candidate fo... […]

Germany’s likely next coalition sketches out its plans

The three parties likely to form Germany's next government have outlined plans for Europe's biggest economy in an initial coalition agreement, touching on issues such as the minimum wage, taxes and climate protection
German SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz leaves the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris after meeting French President on September 6, 2021. Photo: Ludovic Marin / AFP
German SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Sch... […]

Macron stirs German campaign with pre-poll invites

By hosting two contenders to succeed Merkel as chancellor, President Macron has shown how anxiously France is eyeing the outcome of Germany's election and its effect on a crucial EU partnership