As Germany faces mounting pressure to supply tanks to Kyiv for the ongoing war in Ukraine, retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis talks with The World's host Marco Werman about what the delivery of heavy weapons could mean for the war.
As Western leaders come together for a series of meetings, NATO says it plans to increase the number of its rapid reaction forces, and that allies will agree to deliver further military support to Ukraine when they convene on Tuesday in Spain.
In a race to stop buying Russian natural gas, European countries are building new infrastructure that many fear could lead to a fossil-fuel “lock-in.” Germany houses six of the nearly dozen liquified natural gas import facilities across Europe.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense granted special permission for the male musicians to leave the country, calculating that the world will be more motivated to protect Ukraine if it sees its culture as something precious and worth saving.
Germany has now been able to slash its dependence on Russian oil since the war in Ukraine started in February. But Hungary and Slovakia — still heavily reliant on Russian oil — still oppose the deal.
In the small seaside town of Lubmin, the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia hits German soil. Germany canceled the gas project in February, but officials say they won’t be able to completely turn off the taps of Russian gas for years.
Whether the state should be involved in telling individuals what they should and shouldn’t do on their days off has been hotly disputed in parts of the country.
Pressure is heating up inside Germany, with vocal politicians and the public calling for a complete embargo on Russian fossil fuels.
As Russia continues to bombard Ukraine, Germany continues to buy natural gas from Russia, citing domestic need. Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive this week into how and why countries trade with their enemies during war.
The Russian ruble has fallen about 30% after Western nations placed sanctions against the government over its invasion of neighboring Ukraine, prompting anxious Russian citizens to withdraw their money from ATMs.