The world this week - Politics
Lloyd Austin, the American defence secretary, urged NATO ministers meeting in Brussels to accelerate the flow of heavy weapons to Ukraine, as fighting intensified in the eastern region of Donbas, especially in the town of Severodonetsk.
Although Russia has occupied most of it, Ukrainian forces are continuing to mount stiff resistance.
The conflict, in its fourth month, has turned into a war of attrition, with neither side seemingly able to make big gains.
A report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, a think-tank based in Finland, found that Russia earned $97bn in revenues from oil and gas exports during the first 100 days of its invasion of Ukraine.
The European Union accounted for 61% of the revenues, though China was the biggest single importer, closely followed by Germany.
Russian revenues dipped in April and May compared with March.
The report concluded that Russia’s revenue from energy was enough to defray its expenditure on the war, which it estimated at $876m a day.
The first round of legislative elections in France marked a serious reverse for the president, Emmanuel Macron.
His alliance of centrist parties won only around the same number of votes as a radical-left grouping that is headed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Predictions of the final result after run-off votes on June 19th suggest that Mr Macron is in danger of losing his majority.
The British government introduced legislation to override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, which forms part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement but is disliked by unionists.
The EU described the move as a breach of international law and announced plans for legal proceedings against Britain.
A controversial plan in Britain to deport some asylum-seekers to Rwanda was delayed as the first plane prepared for take-off.
The European Court of Human Rights (a non-EU body) judged that an Iraqi asylum-seeker faced a risk of harm.
That opened the door to other successful appeals, and to the last-minute scrapping of the flight.
The British government is undeterred, and has vowed to press ahead.
Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser resigned.
Christopher Geidt had held the job since April 2021 and is the second ethics adviser to the British prime minister to quit in less than two years.
Shortly before he resigned Lord Geidt told a committee of MPs that it was “reasonable” to ask whether Mr Johnson had broken the ministerial code in relation to parties held at Number 10 during lockdown.