Chinese mobile mast lurks at Munich security conference – Politico

MUNICH — The world’s security elite are gathering in Munich this week, linking their mobile phones to Chinese telecom equipment dotting the venue. Heads of state, security chiefs, spooks and intelligence officials head to Germany on Friday for their blue-ribbon annual gathering, the Munich Security Conference. The event’s VIP list includes US Vice President Kamala … Read more

Scholz looks to its Cold War predecessor – Politico

Press play to listen to this article Voice by artificial intelligence. Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger President of the Munich Security Conference Foundation. At the height of the Cold War in 1977, then-German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt gave a now-famous speech at the London Institute for Strategic Studies, in which he stated that new Soviet medium-range missile deployments, … Read more

Politics Podcast: American opinion of China has declined

The US shot down at least three unidentified flying objects over the weekend. We’re still waiting to find out what the deal is, but this focus on slow-moving objects in US skies was kicked off by a Chinese spy balloon that the US shot down earlier this month. Tensions between the United States and China … Read more

West struggles to deliver on Zelensky’s defense wish list – Politico

Press play to listen to this article Voice by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS – As Ukraine’s partners race to send more weapons to Kiev amid a looming Russian offensive, meeting Ukraine’s requests is becoming more complicated. Ukraine is still waiting for the promised delivery of modern tanks. Combat jets, though much talked about, are plagued by … Read more

White House on UFOs: ‘No indication of aliens’

The US military shot down an unidentified flying object over Lake Huron on Sunday, the fourth target by American forces in about a week. Defense officials on Sunday night declined to identify what the three objects shot down over the weekend might be, raising questions about the objects’ potential threat and why there is a … Read more

Right-wing coalition wins landslide victory – Politico

Italy’s right-wing coalition won big in key regional elections in Lombardy and Lazio — while Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s position strengthened compared to her ruling partners. Italy’s Meloni Brothers topped Lombardy with nearly 25 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results, surpassing its right-wing partner League, which won 16 percent in its northern stronghold, … Read more

Suspected Chinese spy balloon flies over Middle East, top general says

A “major incident” last fall, and “another one or two” caught commanders’ attention in previous years, Grinkwich said. He declined to provide many details of the incident, citing classification concerns. During one incident, the balloon was initially above the water and officials did not get close enough to identify whether it was a surveillance asset … Read more

New York Times Sues EU Over Von Der Leyen’s Pfizer Text – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voice by artificial intelligence. The New York Times is taking the European Commission to court over its failure to release text messages between executive agency President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Borla. The newspaper will face off against EU lawyers in the bloc’s highest court, … Read more