Good morning. We are dealing with Hungary’s thirst for Russian oil, Prince Charles’ visit to Canada and the return of the former king of Spain.
Hungary against the oil embargo
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that the proposed EU embargo on Russian oil would wreak havoc on his country’s economy.
In part, it’s a financial consideration: Hungary makes huge profits from cheap oil. Keeping the pipelines open ensures that energy prices stay low, a promise Orban made to his voters.
But the Russian fuel dividends also help support Orban’s illiberal agenda and fund policies that have made Hungary an international beacon for right-wing groups.
So economic: Analysts expect Russia to be affected profound and lasting economic damage, despite President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that they are sanctions. America has a long-term goal of crippled Russia’s oil industryofficials said.
Germany: Gerhard Schröder – former prime minister, Putin ally and well-paid lobbyist for Russian energy – will be deprived of 400,000 euros‘deserve the perks that came with his old office.
Brutal: A Times investigation found convincing evidence that Russian forces rounded up and executed Ukrainian men in Bucha, directly implicating them in a war crime. And in the first war crimes trial since the invasion, a Russian soldier apologized for the widow of a man he killed.
In other developments:
Prince Charles ends his visit to Canada
At the conclusion of a three-day tour of Canada, the heir to the British throne – and future head of state of Canada – confronted the country. legacy of discrimination geared towards locals.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, visited the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, where it was said the Prince had breached a centuries-old treaty.
They also meet Canadian survivors who are now defunct and notoriously abusive, boarding school system to the native children, for which the Dene holders of the Crown bear part of the responsibility. Prince Charles said he was “deeply moved” by visit.
History: This was a tense time over the monarchy’s role in Britain’s former overseas dominions. In February, Barbados officially become a republic. And separate tours of the Caribbean this year by Prince Edward, brother of Charles, and Prince William, son of the future king, attract protests against the monarchy and its historic role in the slave trade.
Politics: UK police have concluded investigation into Downing Street parties in breach of Covid rules, lift a cloud than Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He will no longer face fines.
The disgraced former king returns to Spain
Juan Carlos, former King of Spain, back to spain for the first time since leaving the country nearly two years ago amid a fraud investigation.
His brief return from Abu Dhabi, where he currently livesbrought after prosecutors in Spain and Switzerland quit cheatingIt is noteworthy whether he received approximately $100 million in kickbacks related to the high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia.
The inquiries significantly damaged his reputation and that of the monarchy. One of his daughters is fined for company fraud, and her husband was sentenced to prison. On Wednesday, the royal family emphasized in a statement that the capital of the United Arab Emirates is now the residence of Juan Carlos “in a permanent and stable manner.”
Details: The former king plans to meet his wife, Queen Sofía, and other members of his family at the royal palace on the outskirts of Madrid, and attend a weekend sailing race.
History: Juan Carlos, 84, ascended the throne in 1975, two days after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. He was a key figure in Spain’s transition to democracy, but his lavish lifestyle, extramarital affairs and business dealings received much attention during the financial crisis. a decade ago.
Romania is “Roll up” its wolves and bison, a progressive approach to conservation. Tourists can go on “hunting trips” and watch the animals’ re-emergence to the Transylvanian Alps.
Russo-Ukrainian War: Main developments
You said. The Senate has fully approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, bringing the total US investment in the war to $54 billion in just over two months. The measure is the latest evidence of bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for helping Ukraine fight Russia.
ARTS AND IDEAS
A centuries-old ruling, still in progress
In the 1600s, an English jurist, Lord Matthew Hale, wrote that women had contractual obligations to their husbands. He argued that giving them legally enforceable rights to their bodies was a threat to men’s rights and freedoms.
Hale’s judgment and his legal philosophy still abound, Amanda Taub writes in The Interpreter, our sister newsletter. “We no longer hold witch trials, for example,” she wrote. “But his views on rape, marriage and abortion, enshrined in legal opinions, became part of the British legal system, and later that of the colonies. of this country.”
Just two weeks ago, a leaked draft opinion that would overturn the Roe v. Wade case, the landmark abortion case in America, which cited Hale eight times. Last Wednesday, the Delhi High Court, in a separate ruling, refused to criminalize marital rape in India, maintaining a legal exception that Hale codified in a treatise. 17th century.
Both cases show that colonial falsehood can persist, Amanda writes, even in the face of glaring progress. Hale’s legal logic, which views the family as a private sphere with the husband as sovereign, has become a shield for male violence, including domestic abuse and spousal rape. That has serious political implications for women’s rights and for the laws governing their health.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, LISTEN
What to cook?
This sweet potato chips Crispy, soft and caramel at the same time.
What to see
“A new old playan absurdist epic of 20th-century China that is at once a film and a play, a tragedy and a farce.
What do you hear?
Porridge Radio, a British indie-rock band, is releasing an emotional third album today:Water slide, Diving board, Ladder to the sky. ”
Now it’s time to play
This is Small crossword todayand a clue: Do or die (four letters).
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