By JAMIL ANDERLINI
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It was a week of memorable current events, although you might not have noticed if you got your news on TV, which was filled with the endless mourning rituals of the British royal family. On this subject, we announced that VIPs were forced to take buses for the funeral and took the eye-catching scoop on the banning of the Chinese delegation from attending the burial of the Queen.
In Ukraine, it seems like a major turning point has been reached in the war against Russian aggression, after a lightning counter-offensive pushed the invading forces far back. We also put the magnifying glass on what this means for Vladimir Putin, whose troubles are piling up.
In the EU bubble, the Commission President’s annual address on the state of the European Union was filled with fine rhetoric about strengthening democracy and supporting Ukraine, but was rather light on details.
POLITICO has kept you, dear reader, well-informed of all the important news moments, but we also have several great scoops and some fine analysis to savor over the weekend. Enjoy!
Have a nice weekend and see you next week,
The death of Das Auto
We have captured a major turning point in German industrial history to provide insight into the “death” of the conventional automotive industry. This account of how the leaders of the biggest brands failed to switch to electric propulsion when they had the chance is a gripping read, vividly told with reports from the field of the heart. of Das Auto, in Stuttgart. Exceptional stuff. Read the story.
The tragedy of King Charles III
Our UK team has been absolutely amazing all week with their first-class coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Since then, we’ve had some really awesome and unique takes on the story. This play about King Charles’ new role, successfully putting it in human terms, is just one example. Read the story.
Chinese delegation banned from viewing Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in parliament
It’s a terrific scoop on the funeral of the Queen who, at 6am the next morning, was leading the BBC News website. Read the story.
EU intelligence chief cancels trip to Taiwan after Beijing learns of his secret plans
We’ve gotten a great scoop on the EU intelligence chief canceling a trip to China after a security concern led to his plans being leaked. So much for the dreams of the EU as a geopolitical actor. Read the story.
Ukrainian military recruits need training. Only one of the European giants makes its weight
A shining example of a hard-hitting story delivered with poise and restraint. While France talks a big game about the need for the EU to be at the forefront of European security, it is actually the British who are doing the heavy lifting in a war on the continent in organizing the training of thousands of Ukrainians, while Paris trained only 40! Read the story.
Vestager wins historic battle in Google record case
While our rivals dutifully published the outcome of the Google case and left it there, we put the case in the larger context of Vestager’s antitrust crusade and how it will affect the DMA, including connecting it all to our work. on Big Tech vs. Big Law. This is a great example of finding the big picture in a news story. Read the story.
How four private groups used their influence to control the global Covid response – with little oversight
This epic investigation revealed how four billionaire-funded NGOs led by Bill Gates came to dominate the international response to the coronavirus pandemic. They have used their influence with the World Health Organization to help create an ambitious global distribution plan for getting tests, treatments and vaccines to countries in need. But ultimately, the unwieldy program failed to deliver on its original promises. Read the story.
YOUR WEEKEND PLAYLIST
Confidential EU: State of the European Union — MEPs’ debate
From Strasbourg, EU Confidential breaks down this week’s big European moment: the State of the Union address by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. And we’re convening a panel of MEPs to debate which policies got the job done, and where the rhetoric failed. Suzanne Lynch of POLITICO, chief correspondent in Brussels and your new host, is joined by technology journalist Clothilde Goujard in Strasbourg and energy journalist Victor Jack in Brussels to bring you the highlights of the speech and analyze what major policies have been announced and which did not make the Cup. Next, MEPs Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (EPP), Katalin Cseh (Renew) and Niels Fuglsang (S&D) speak out on von der Leyen’s plan for the coming year. Listen to the episode.
Westminster Insider: The Queen – the ultimate Westminster Insider
Behind the scenes, the late Queen Elizabeth II was Westminster’s ultimate insider. POLITICO host Ailbhe Rea and Annabelle Dickson find out how the Queen received a daily dose of gossip from deep within government and speak to two of the politicians responsible for sending this private missive to Buckingham Palace: the former Tory Whip Anne Milton and former cabinet minister Julian Smith. Simon Lewis, the Queen’s former communications secretary and later Gordon Brown in Downing Street, shares the inside track on red boxes and the ‘golden triangle’ that kept the Queen intimately informed of what was going on in her government, and Dr Michelle Clement, historian at King’s College London and scholar-in-residence at No 10, discusses the all-important private audiences between the Queen and her 15 prime ministers. Listen to the episode.
Protocol is, um, king when it comes to dressing for the Queen’s funeral, even when it doesn’t make sense. Read Declassified to learn more.
“The request of a solitary Frenchman for two glasses of White wine cruelly denied. »
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