A.M. Edition for June 16. The European Union signed a natural-gas deal with Israel and Egypt on Wednesday in a bid to wean itself off Russian supplies by tapping into the gas riches of the eastern Mediterranean.
WSJ correspondent Dov Lieber in Tel Aviv explains the significance of the deal for Israel and Egypt, even if the agreement doesn’t allow the EU to make up for losses of Russian gas. Luke Vargas hosts.
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen heads to the Middle East. Plus: Boris Johnson’s plan to alter the Northern Ireland protocol, Wikipedia fights a Russian order to remove information on the conflict in Ukraine and are Vienna’s famous horse-drawn carriages under threat?
We take a look at how Russian media outlets are portraying the Ukraine crisis. Plus: the EU-African Union summit kicks off in Brussels, South Korea’s forthcoming presidential elections and the latest urbanism stories.
Is the EU finally preparing to create its own defence force? Plus: the landmark conviction of a senior member of the Syrian regime, what we’ve learned this week and a preview of a 24-hour concert at London’s Barbican.
We get the latest from Brussels as the EU ponders how to hit back at Poland, following Warsaw’s controversial court ruling. Plus: a round-up of the morning papers and the latest retail and fashion news.
The bloc seems at last to have a firm hand on inoculation and recovery—but efforts to engineer even progress among member states are not quite panning out.
In recent years Bangladesh’s government has been cosy with a puritanical Islamist group; we ask why the relationship has grown complicated. And a genetic-engineering solution to the problem of mosquito-borne disease.
Insects have long been a staple food in Asia. In Europe, not so much. But diets are changing, with ever more people trying to avoid meat – for health or moral reasons, or because raising farm animals is less and less sustainable. Now, the European Commission has officially declared mealworms to be food. It’s a game changer for insect farmers, many of whom have so far operated under temporary license. Insects are rich in protein: Up to 70 percent of their entire mass is protein. In addition to that, they’re also rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, like fish. Some insects, especially the mealworm, have over 14 percent of fatty acids – that’s seven times as much as fish.
Europe’s parliament has overwhelmingly voted to extend a stopgap trade agreement. But the rancour behind the vote, and the deal’s thin measures, say much about future relations.
Female soldiers are entering armed forces in big numbers, but they still face barriers both in getting the job and in doing it. And China’s homegrown Oscar-winning director is scrubbed from its internet.