Gerhard Schröder survives move to boot him from Germany’s Social Democrats

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder will not be kicked out of the Social Democrats (SPD), despite his business links to Russian energy companies and personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. An internal SPD arbitration committee on Monday rejected a move to expel the controversial ex-chancellor, saying he had “not…

EU gas rationing deal draws cheers but it won’t keep you warm this winter

Press play to listen to this article EU energy ministers on Tuesday reached agreement on what, just six days earlier, had been dismissed as unthinkable: mandatory, bloc-wide gas rationing in case of winter supply shortages. “This was not a mission impossible,” cheered the Czech government, which currently helms the rotating…

Germany and Ireland slam UK’s plan to scrap Northern Ireland agreement

Germany and Ireland have slammed the British government’s “unilateral” plans to walk back the Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland. Britain’s approach threatens to undermine the “rules-based international order” amid a brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, said Foreign Ministers Annalena Baerbock of Germany and Simon Coveney of Ireland, writing in the…

Europe’s plans to replace Russian gas are deemed ‘wildly optimistic’ — and could hammer its economy

A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The European Union’s best shot at replacing Russian gas imports this year is likely to miss the mark, analysts predict, exerting further pressure on the region’s economy. The EU plans to replace two-thirds of Russian…