ANZ bank predicts RBA will raise cash rate to .25 per cent next week

The cash rate is set to rise for the first time since the end of a pandemic, spelling gloom for the government in the run-up to the federal election. One of the nation’s most respected economists has warned of an immediate series of rate hikes that will rise “more aggressively than initially thought likely” — … Read more

France allows exceptions to food labeling rules amid war in Ukraine – POLITICO

PARIS — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a shortage of sunflower oil, food producers plan to replace it with other ingredients such as rapeseed or palm oil. But companies face another problem: printing new packaging and labels in time. That’s why France on Tuesday announced that it will temporarily allow food companies … Read more

US rallies global allies to help Ukraine repel Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article It’s not quite the Coalition to Defeat Putin just yet — and the name is admittedly tame if not lame: the Ukraine Defense Consultative Group. Still, if the US ends up forming a global alliance to actively fight against Russia, the roughly 40 countries convened by US Defense … Read more

Germany says Russia oil embargo would be ‘manageable’ – POLITICO

Berlin could handle an embargo on Russian oil imports, Germany’s Climate and Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Tuesday, suggesting the country could end its dependence on Moscow within “days.” Habeck, speaking at a press conference in Warsaw, said that Germany had managed to slash its reliance on Russian oil by two-thirds in recent weeks, … Read more

Inflation, supply issues threaten 2022 profits

The General Motors world headquarters office is seen at Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Paul Hennessey | LightRocket | Getty Images DETROIT — There’s growing concern among Wall Street analysts that higher costs and supply chain disruptions will put pressure on 2022 earnings for General Motors and Ford Motor — even more than initially expected. Ahead of … Read more

Germany will send tanks to Ukraine in U-turn by Olaf Scholz

Germany will send tanks to Ukraine in an about-turn by Chancellor Olaf Scholz after weeks of tensions in his coalition government and pressure from his international allies. The decision is likely to further ratchet up tensions with Moscow, after Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, said weapons sent to Ukraine would be a “legitimate target” … Read more

Ukrainian rape victim ordered to help Russian troops hunt for women

Russians are believed to have burned the corpses of many their victims, in turning destroying evidence of rape. “For Russians, it is a routine tactic,” Ms Pavlichenko said. “We saw them use similar tactics in Chechnya and Syria. Russians rape to destabilize civilians.” She said that Ukraine had established specialist teams for investigating rape in … Read more

EU celebrates, and frets, over Macron’s victory – POLITICO

No need for any more conferences: Emmanuel Macron is the future of Europe. With his decisive electoral victory over right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen on Sunday, Macron not only clinched five more years as president of France but also secured his place — for better or worse — at the center of EU decision-making through … Read more

‘Real’ danger of third world war after mysterious attacks on Russia, says Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has warned there is a “real” danger of a third world war breaking out after a day of apparent Ukrainian attacks on Russian soil. In an interview with Russian news agencies, he criticized Kyiv’s approach to peace talks, adding: “Goodwill has its limits. But if it isn’t reciprocal, that doesn’t … Read more

Russia targets Ukrainian railway stations – POLITICO

Five railway stations in central and western Ukraine came under Russian fire within the space of an hour Monday morning, according to the head of Ukrainian Railways, a state-owned rail transport company. Russian troops are “systematically” destroying rail infrastructure, Oleksandr Kamyshin said in a Telegram message, adding that multiple people were injured. The attacks come … Read more