Czech Republic backtracks on finding cash to buy 800,000 shells for Ukraine – POLITICO

Prague is leading an initiative to purchase 500,000 artillery shells of 155 mm caliber and 300,000 artillery shells of 122 mm caliber for Kiev. A total of 18 countries have agreed to finance the purchases under the Czech Republic-led initiative. While some governments – including Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands – have announced actual financial … Read more

Protesting farmers spray Brussels police with liquid manure near EU’s base in a new display of power

BRUSSELS (AP) — Farmers On Monday they clashed with police in Belgium, spraying officers with liquid manure and throwing eggs and torches at them in a new show of force, as European Union agriculture ministers met to look for ways to address concerns to remove demonstrators. Farmers are angry about the red tape and competition … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war anniversary: Western leaders in Kyiv as Russian drone hits Odesa

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Western leaders came to Kiev on Saturday to mark the anniversary the second anniversary of the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen traveled overnight by train to Kiev, together with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Canadian Prime Minister … Read more

Former Finland PM Alexander Stubb wins presidential election  – POLITICO

After attending school in Finland and later in the US, Belgium and Britain, Stubb entered politics in 2004 as a member of the European Parliament. He made a big impression on the Finns in 2008 when – to his own surprise – he was appointed foreign minister. Praised by allies for his energetic approach to … Read more