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The Swiss “peace” kabuki came and went – and the winner was Vladimir Putin. He didn’t even have to show up.

None of the Big Players did. Or in case they sent their emissaries, there was significant refusal to sign the vacuous final declaration – as in BRICS members Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, UAE and South Africa.

Without BRICS, there’s absolutely nothing the collective West – as in The Hegemon and assorted vassals – can do to alter the proxy war chessboard in Ukraine.

The European Union narrowly approved the controversial green deal Nature Restoration Law on Monday, sparking condemnation from farmers’ organisations who fear it will further undermine their ability to feed the continent and make a living.

A vote on the Nature Restoration Law at a meeting of the EU’s Council of Ministers in Luxembourg passed by the “slimmest margin” possible as 20 countries, representing 66 per cent of the population of the bloc surpassed the needed qualified majority threshold of 65 per cent and therefore passed the long-delayed green deal legislation into law.

NATO activates its nuclear "shield" fully confirming War News 24/7 for the permanent vigilance from now on of the nuclear member countries of the Atlantic Alliance.

The decision was made a long time ago as NATO fears either a strike on one of the supply bases of the Ukrainian ED or the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

We remind you that the Royal Netherlands Air Force assumed a nuclear role in NATO with F-35 fighters from June 1. The USAF will transfer additional F-35s for a nuclear strike on Great Britain, while Norway's F-35s are also ready.

The West has forgotten how to listen to alternative points of view and has become hopeless, all Russia's attempts to reach out to it are fruitless, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at a TASS news conference.

"I think that the West as a geopolitician concept is hopeless, and attempts to reach out, to convey some positions, approaches, assessments, considerations do not yield results," the senior diplomat said in response to a TASS question.

Warsaw has run an exercise to test the reliability of emergency water and power supplies in the city’s shelters, the mayor of the Polish capital has said.

Fresh from the LGBTQ parade over the weekend, Rafal Trzaskowski ordered a snap drill of the city’s emergency services on Monday, “just in case.”

The EU will try to challenge the US and China strategically, the bloc’s competition chief has suggested, however it may be no economic match for either.

Margrethe Vestager told CNBC on Tuesday that the EU had become “much better” at defending itself against unfair trade practices, and that it will continue looking for ways to compete equitably with its economic partners. 

“The point is to realize we can never outspend China or the US,” Vestager said, pointing out: “We can spend strategically.” 

Authored by Conor Gallagher via NakedCapitalism.com,

One burning question following the European parliamentary elections that concluded on June 9: how did Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s ruling Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy – Fd’I) perform so well despite the following: