Why European Union officials are taking angry farmers so seriously before Thursday’s summit

HALLE, Belgium — The writing of angry farmers was on the Paris-to-Brussels highway in giant yellow letters visible from up high: “Ursula, We are here!” It was chalked onto the road with an equal measure of defiance and desperation, warning European Commission Ursula von der Leyen not to ignore farmers’ concerns for better prices and … Read more

E.U. struggles to deal in summit with Hungary stance on Ukraine

BRUSSELS — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is once again blocking aid for Ukraine. And the European Union’s 26 other member states are, once again, furious. On the eve of Thursday’s E.U. summit to try to secure the more than $50 billion in funds, the bloc seems more willing than ever to escalate with Orban … Read more

E.U. summit pressures Israel on two-state solution

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave Israel’s war against Hamas is seeding hate, and a two-state solution is needed, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday amid escalating international pressure on Israel to work toward a long-term political road map to peace. Commenting before a day of intense diplomacy in Brussels … Read more

Canada’s Trudeau Calls National Summit to Address Spike in Auto Thefts

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is holding a summit next month to coordinate a national response to a massive spike in auto thefts across Canada in recent years. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, has borne the brunt of the crime wave, according to statistics from the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association. The Toronto region saw 9,600 … Read more

Gaza and Ukraine Fight for World’s Attention at Davos Summit

All of the usual suspects converged on the Swiss Alpine town of Davos this week for the 54th annual World Economic Forum—a hodgepodge of political power brokers, corporate executives, academics, activists (plus a fair few journalists). Walking along the city’s icy thoroughfare or through the packed halls of its bustling convention center, one could overhear … Read more

Japan and ASEAN bolster ties at summit focused on security amid China tensions

TOKYO — Leaders from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, marking their 50th anniversary of friendship, were meeting at a special summit on Sunday and expected to adopt a joint vision that emphasizes security cooperation amid growing tensions with China in regional seas. Ties between Japan and ASEAN used to be largely based … Read more

Amazon courts sellers at China summit as Temu and Shein gain momentum

Packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon is making a fresh appeal to China-based sellers as it fends off growing competition from discount online retailers Temu and Shein, which both have … Read more

Orban opposes Ukraine accession to E.U. creating headache at summit

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave BRUSSELS — It was supposed to be a big day for Ukraine. Instead, it may be a big day for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s campaign to disrupt and dominate European politics. At a European Union summit in Brussels on Thursday, European leaders will decide whether to … Read more

Countries agree to deal at COP28 climate summit

COP28 president Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber speaks during the Transforming Food Systems in the Face of Climate Change event on the sidelines of the COP28 climate summit at Dubai Expo on December 1, 2023. Ludovic Marin | Afp | Getty Images Government ministers representing nearly 200 countries on Wednesday agreed to a deal that calls … Read more

Hot Pod Summit is back

This is Hot Pod, The Verge’s newsletter about podcasting and the audio industry. Sign up here for more. We’ve got a bunch of news in podcast world, but first, an announcement: Hot Pod Summit is BACK, baby! We have some really great stuff cooking that I can’t wait to share.  I’m excited to announce that Hot Pod Summit is … Read more