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Germany’s energy plan could cost more than it saves – media

Germany’s newly approved directive to turn off outdoor advertising at night to save energy might end up costing more than leaving the illumination on, Die Welt newspaper reported on Saturday, citing the German Association for Out of Home Advertising (FAW). Under the new rules, set out by Economics Minister Robert …

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Hungary on ‘edge of abyss’ in EU — Czech minister

Hungary’ stance on Russia and the conflict in Ukraine could potentially see it exiting the EU, the Czech European affairs minister has warned. The EU is “a unity of many voices” that always finds common ground despite any disputes, Mikulas Bek told Cesky Rozhlas Plus radio on Thursday. “Negotiations are …

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German MP names ‘stupidest government’ in Europe

Germany’s government is the “stupidest” in Europe for managing to embroil itself in a full-blown “economic war” with its top energy supplier, Russia, left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht said on Thursday. Speaking in the Bundestag, the former co-chair of the party Die Linke (The Left) urged an end to anti-Russian sanctions …

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US won’t ‘contain’ China with Taiwan – top lawmaker

Washington will not be able to “contain” China by using tension around Taiwan as leverage over Beijing, Li Zhanshu has said. The chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China made the remarks in Moscow on Friday during a meeting with Valentina Matvienko, the chairwoman of …

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Mossad chief warns US during visit

Mossad chief David Barnea warned his US counterparts against joining a restored nuclear deal with Iran, Israel revealed on Thursday, after the spy chief returned from Washington. During his trip, he met with the heads of the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs …

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Ukraine announces ‘filtration’ for civilians

Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) announced on Friday that it had begun conducting a “filtration” of civilians in Balakleya, the town in Kharkov Region reportedly taken by forces of the Kiev government. SBI agents will be checking for those who “may pose a threat to national security,” the agency …

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Ukraine will retake Crimea in a year – ex-US general

Ukraine could “restore full sovereignty” within a year, retaking all of its lost territory including Crimea, retired US General Ben Hodges told Newsweek on Thursday at the Tbilisi International Conference of the McCain Institute in Georgia.   Hodges is now a lobbyist at the Centre for European Policy Analysis, a pressure …

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Russia makes grain promise to poorest nations

Russia is set to ramp up grain exports, seeking to supply some 30 million tons this year, President Vladimir Putin has announced. The supplies will prioritize less well off and food-insecure nations. “We believe it to be right to ramp up deliveries to the poorest countries,” Putin said during a …

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