How Russia can beat EU sanctions – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe has deployed an unprecedented arsenal of economic sanctions against Moscow in an attempt to weaken Russia’s economy and force Vladimir Putin to abandon his war in Ukraine. But as the export bans bite over the coming months, Russia will start to crave banned goods that are essential … Read more

Abortion rights in Europe vary widely – and are getting squeezed – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article The after-effects of a bombshell draft US Supreme Court ruling that threatens to upend 50 years of abortion access are reverberating across Europe, where conservative activists have been making their own push to chip away at rights. Across the Atlantic, Europe is often viewed as a bastion of … Read more

Leaders rebuff Zelensky’s latest pitch to join EU – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday delivered an emotional – and highly personalized – pitch for his war-torn country to join the EU, but his pleas were largely rebuffed by the bloc’s leaders, who offered sympathy but no new assurances. Zelensky’s speech, delivered by videoconference, was his third … Read more