F-16s jets from Denmark, Netherlands to begin Ukraine defense within months
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by Nahal Toosi, Lee Hudson
2w ago
NATO countries have begun transferring American-made F-16s to Ukraine, with hopes that the fighter jets will quickly be in the skies to help Kyiv defend itself against Russian air onslaughts. The U.S., Denmark and the Netherlands announced during the NATO Summit in Washington on Wednesday that the two latter countries had sent over the aircraft, though they did not say how many. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also mentioned the news during a public forum. “Those jets will be flying in the skies of Ukraine this summer to make sure that Ukraine can continue to effectively defend itself a ..read more
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The world’s most successful military alliance. If you can keep it.
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by Matthew Kaminski
2w ago
In the 35 years since the Berlin Wall fell, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has swerved from one existential crisis to another. Here we go again. What’s an old Cold War-era defensive military alliance for anyway when the old Cold War is over? Like a shark, NATO has kept moving to avoid death. It intervened in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. It took in a dozen new members from the dead Soviet bloc. It went further “out of area” post-9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan. It pivoted to cyber and other new age threats. The current crisis is different. Gathering this week in Washington for a big 75th ..read more
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Secret meetings, private threats and a massive arms race: How the world is preparing for Trump
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by Paul McLeary
2w ago
In Brussels, NATO officials have devised a plan to lock in long-term military support for Ukraine so that a possible Trump administration can’t get in the way. In Ankara, Turkish officials have reviewed the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025 policy road map for clues into Donald Trump’s designs on Syria. In Atlanta, Austin and Lincoln, Nebraska, top ministers from Germany and Canada have met with Republican governors to shore up relations on the American right. And in Washington, Trump’s return is the dominant topic at monthly breakfast meetings of ambassadors from European countries ..read more
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Ozempic is running short and private clinics are to blame, says EU watchdog
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by Mari Eccles
3w ago
Private clinics are too quick to prescribe diabetes and obesity drugs for “cosmetic” reasons, the European Medicines Agency has warned, as it sounded the alarm on chronic shortages. The regulator also suggested that doctors should not prescribe these medicines outside of their licenses to treat people with these two diseases, while stocks are low. Doctors can judge whether “off-label” prescribing is necessary to treat their patients, but when it comes to these hotly demanded medicines, the EMA is asking doctors to stick to the licenses. Ever since Novo Nordisk published data showing significan ..read more
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Record 23 countries hit 2 percent defense spending target, NATO says
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by Stuart Lau
1M ago
BRUSSELS — A record 23 NATO countries out of 32 are hitting the alliance’s 2 percent defense spending target, according to the latest NATO statistics released late Monday. Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey are among those that reached the 2 percent figure for the first time. “Across Europe and Canada, NATO allies are, this year, increasing defense spending by 18 percent,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said standing next to U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday. “That’s the biggest increase in decades.” The fact 23 countries meet the target — which was set 10 ..read more
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Don’t bother voting in European election
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by Matthew Karnitschnig
1M ago
BERLIN — They’re back. Like clockwork, the European Parliament’s devotees come out of the woodwork in droves every five years, inveigling the rest of us to send people we’ve never heard of to a body whose raison d’être few citizens could explain without a heavy assist from Wikipedia. “Vote in the European election!” read a homemade banner that pro-European activists hoisted above one of Berlin’s busiest thoroughfares last week. “The far right is on the rise. Democracy is at stake!” No it isn’t. In fact, European democracy might be better served by not voting and putting an end to the ..read more
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Putin’s a bigger deal than EU election in Europe’s frontline states
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by Charlie Duxbury, Bartosz Brzeziński
1M ago
VÕRU, Estonia — The signs of a creeping militarization are easy to detect.  In this small town 23 miles from the European Union’s border with Russia, trucks painted army green trundle over the cobbles of the main street. In a bar near the central square, off-duty U.S. servicemen watch basketball and soccer on dueling TV screens. Across a placid lake, a patch of forest is being cleared for the expansion of a military training area. “When the training ground is operating, you know about it,” said Kratmar Muursepp, a waiter working the counter at the central Mantelahi Cafe. “It’s all boom, b ..read more
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Let Ukraine hit Russia with donated weapons, Finland’s foreign minister says
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by Joshua Posaner
1M ago
PRAGUE — Countries should not block Ukraine from using donated weapons to hit Russian territory, Finland’s Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen told POLITICO. “[Ukraine] has the right to attack targets on the side of the aggressor if they are military targets,” Valtonen said, speaking ahead of a Thursday meeting of NATO alliance foreign ministers in the Czech capital. She added she would “take this up” during informal talks in Prague, while also pressing NATO allies to create a more predictable funding stream for Ukraine. Military aid has been upset by politics, with Ukraine forced to wait mon ..read more
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Norway’s PM: Why we recognized the state of Palestine
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by Jonas Gahr Støre
2M ago
Jonas Gahr Støre is the prime minister of Norway. This week, Norway recognized the state of Palestine, underlining that Palestinians have a fundamental, independent right to self-determination, and that both Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security in their respective states. Norway has been consistent in its belief that there will be no peace in the Middle East without a two-state solution. And there can be no two-state solution without a Palestinian state. In other words, a Palestinian state is a prerequisite for achieving lasting peace in the Middle East. Since ..read more
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Israel-Palestine debate seizes French National Assembly after Rafah offensive
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by Victor Goury-Laffont
2M ago
The atmosphere in the French National Assembly was tense on Tuesday after Sébastien Delogu, a member of parliament for the radical left France Unbowed (LFI) group, held aloft a Palestinian flag during a question period in parliament. The session was immediately called to a halt and Delogu was given the highest possible sanction according to the French National Assembly’s regulations: a two-week suspension along with 50 percent wage deduction for two months. Delogu brandished the flag as Trade Minister Franck Riester was answering a question by another LFI MP regarding France’s position on Pale ..read more
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