Your Tuesday briefing: Europe recalculates on Ukraine

Hello. We cover Europe’s recalculation on Ukraine, the revelations from the January 6 hearings and a truckers’ strike in South Korea.

As Russia advances east, European leaders are under increasing pressure to forge a cohesive strategy to define what could constitute Ukrainian victory – or Russian defeat.

European leaders say it is up to Ukraine to decide how and when to start negotiations to end the war. They all provided significant financial and military support to Ukraine, which continued to press for more weapons.

But some European allies are increasingly nervous about a long war. They don’t want to put NATO in direct conflict with Russia – and they don’t want to goad President Vladimir Putin into using nuclear or chemical weapons. Here are the recent updates.

And after: Yesterday it became known that the leaders of France, Germany and Italy are planning to visit Kyiv, possibly as early as this week.

The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol continued hearings yesterday. One after another, members of Donald Trump’s inner circle testified that they told the former president that his allegations of widespread voter fraud were false. But Trump pushed the lie anyway.

William Barr, the former attorney general, said in recorded deposition that Trump became delusional. Barr said in the weeks following the 2020 election, he repeatedly told Trump “how crazy some of those allegations were.”

“He’s detached from reality if he really believes in it,” Barr said, speaking of Trump. “There was never any indication of interest in what the actual facts were.”

Resources: Here are four takeaways from yesterday’s hearings and five takeaways from the first day of last week’s hearings. The next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (i.e. 10 p.m. in Hong Kong).

Analysis: The committee is trying to argue that Trump knew his allegations of fraudulent elections were not true. Barr’s testimony suggests another explanation: Trump has come to believe his own lies.

Finance: The committee said Trump used lies about the fraud to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. The big lie was also a “big scam”, said a member of the committee.

Yesterday, a truckers’ strike in South Korea dragged on into a seventh day, forcing the country’s manufacturers to cut production and slow traffic at its ports.

The union representing truckers said it has repeatedly called for safer conditions and reasonable rates. Truckers are protesting soaring fuel prices and demanding minimum wage guarantees, Reuters reported. A trucker told Reuters he was earning around $2,300 a month and his monthly fuel bill had risen by around $1,000 since April.

This strike is proving costly for the South Korean economy and causing widespread domestic delays: in the first six days, it led to disruptions in the production and shipments of automobiles, steel and petrochemicals from worth 1.6 trillion won (about $1.25 billion), the government said.

Overall context: The strike could further disrupt the struggling global supply chain. But so far, the Associated Press reported, the country has reported no major disruptions to major exports.

And after: Yesterday truckers said they could worsen the disruption if demands are not met, Reuters reported, including halting shipments of coal to a power station.

  • Beijing is racing to control a coronavirus outbreak linked to a 24-hour bar, Reuters reported.

  • Chinese police have arrested nine people suspected of assault after footage of an attack on women in a restaurant went viral, the Associated Press reported.

India’s economy is growing rapidly: exports are at record highs and profits of listed companies have doubled. But India cannot produce enough jobs, a sign of its uneven growth and widening inequality.

Documenta, arguably the largest contemporary art exhibition in the world, opens later this month in Kassel, Germany. It will last 100 days and will welcome nearly a million visitors.

Ruangrupa, a radical Indonesian creative collective, is leading the 15th edition of Documenta. The group has long rejected the idea of ​​art as an object and instead turns social experiences into art.

For their only solo gallery exhibition, ruangrupa threw a party and left the trash as an exhibit. Some artists were skeptical of the art. “We told them, ‘You felt energized and inspired. You have met your friends. It’s the art,” said one member.

At Documenta, they will work with 14 other collectives and their colleagues to experiment with the idea of ​​the lumbung, the communal rice granary traditionally found in Indonesian villages, built and shared by all.

“It’s not just that they don’t create tangible objects, they don’t even create intangible experiences,” writes Samanth Subramanian in The Times Magazine, adding, “Instead of collaborating to make art , ruangrupa spreads the art of collaboration. It is a collective that teaches community.

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