Italy sweats over summer election campaign – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article TUSCANY — Spending the whole of August at the coast is practically an Italian birth-right. But following the surprise collapse of Mario Draghi’s government in July, Italy is holding autumn elections for the first time in more than 100 years — leaving politicians with precious little time for … Read more

Under-pressure airlines push to end two big payouts for delayed passengers – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article For nearly two decades, passengers on a European trip delayed by more than three hours have been able to claim back between €250 and €600 for the trouble. That could soon be a thing of the past. The Czech presidency of the EU has hinted its plans to … Read more

Israel-Gaza fighting continues for second day as death toll rises – POLITICO

Israeli forces continued to hit targets in Gaza on Saturday while Palestinians responded by firing rockets at Israel as the fighting spilled into a second day. Israel said it launched its military operation on Friday to eliminate “a concrete threat” against its citizens and to target “terrorists and their sponsors.” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said … Read more

Zelenskyy calls POW bombing ‘deliberate Russian war crime’ – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of a “war crime” for bombing a jail containing Ukrainian prisoners of war in the eastern Donetsk region. “It was a deliberate Russian war crime, a deliberate mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Zelenskyy said in a video message Friday night. More than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war … Read more

In the race to succeed Boris Johnson, only China hawks need to apply – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Who’s the toughest on Beijing? That’s one of the central questions animating the contest to pick the next UK prime minister, as Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, and Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor, fall over one another to convince Conservative Party members they are true China … Read more

Russia’s Africa moves force Europe rethink on Ethiopia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Russia’s overtures in Africa have left European officials anxious about the EU’s cautious pace to re-engage the Ethiopian government, despite accusations of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was once a darling of the West and hailed as a reformer, even winning the 2019 … Read more

Orbán adviser trashes ‘mixed race’ speech in dramatic exit – POLITICO

Barbed warnings of “Nazi” rhetoric went flying Tuesday as the controversy over Viktor Orbán’s “mixed race” remarks breached rare territory — the Hungarian prime minister’s own circle. Just four days after Orbán started European leaders by declaring countries were “no longer nations” after different races blend, one of the prime minister’s own longtime advisers, sociologist … Read more

Australian activist detained in London over alleged bomb threat email sent to Chinese embassy

An Australian activist has been arrested and detained in London just 20 minutes into a protest outside the Chinese embassy after authorities alleged he had emailed a bomb threat. Key points: The 23-year-old has been an outspoken critic of China’s human rights record and was protesting outside its London embassy He says he was arrested … Read more

Mario Draghi faces the end after Italy’s coalition refuses to back him – POLITICO

ROME – Mario Draghi is facing the end of his premiership, after he failed to win enough support from right-wing parties in his coalition to carry on leading Italy’s government. In a speech on Wednesday, Draghi indicated he was willing to stay on as prime minister if his feuding coalition partners could guarantee “sincere and … Read more

Boris Johnson rocked by resignation of top ministers Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid – POLITICO

LONDON – Boris Johnson was left fighting for his political life after two senior Cabinet ministers, including his powerful chancellor, quit with a blast at his integrity. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, the finance minister and second most senior figure in the UK government after Johnson, resigned minutes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s own … Read more