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Russian Interference, Angela Merkel, Afghan Women: Your Wednesday Briefing

2020-07-22 05:21:33

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Good morning.

We’re covering takeaways from a long-awaited Russian interference report in Britain, more about the E.U.’s stimulus plan and privacy issues in virus apps.

Russia has long tried to undermine Britain’s democracy and corrupt its politics, and British governments have looked the other way, a long-delayed report released on Tuesday said.

The dynamic: With Britain gone, the Dutch prime minister and his Austrian counterpart have stepped forward to create a bloc of smaller countries, known as “the frugals,’’ which are trying to restrain the big-spending ambitions of France and poorer southern countries.

What to watch: Money to the governments of Hungary and Poland was protected and increased, despite questions about the misuse of those funds and attempts to condition the money on adherence to the rule of law. But Ms. Merkel promised more actions would be taken in Hungary for alleged anti-democratic abuses.

Of note: By tying the recovery fund into the seven-year budget, the first without Britain, E.U. leaders managed to solve two extremely difficult and tendentious problems at once.

Cook: This chicken and rice soup is simultaneously cozy and fresh. Lemon juice adds brightness, as does a lively mix of parsley, lemon, garlic and celery leaves strewn on top.

Listen: Here’s a collection of podcasts that lets you travel the world with your ears.

Watch: “The Old Guard,” an action movie about a group of immortal warriors out to save the world, is a fresh take on the superhero genre. We asked the director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, to narrate an action sequence from her film.


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