A farmers’ protest in Brussels, Belgium.

In recent weeks and months, farmers across Europe have taken to the streets to protest against rising production costs and falling wholesale prices. Disruptive farmer protests in Europe are nothing new, but these demonstrations are unprecedented in both scale and nature, provoked by a perfect storm of seismic global events.

European leaders attend a conference to demonstrate their support for Ukraine.

Recent developments in the U.S. have reinvigorated the debate over Europe’s ability to defend itself. Now, after having relied for decades on U.S. support while collectively free-riding on U.S. capabilities, Europeans will have to shoulder a much more significant burden in European security themselves in the foreseeable future.

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni speaks at the start of the Italy-Africa summit.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni used the annual Italy-Africa gathering—upgraded to a summit this year—to strategically frame her government’s new approach to Africa. However, the inherent contradictions of the event were not entirely concealed, revealing challenges that will necessitate nuanced approaches to resolve.

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