Your Friday Briefing – The New York Times

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Hello. We cover Hungary’s thirst for Russian oil, Prince Charles’ visit to Canada and the return of the former King of Spain.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the proposed EU embargo on Russian oil would be devastating to his country’s economy.

This is partly a financial consideration: Hungary has made huge profits from cheap oil. Keeping pipelines open ensures energy prices stay low, a promise Orban made to his constituents.

But dividends from Russian fuel consumption also help prop up Orban’s illiberal agenda and fund the policies that have made Hungary an international beacon for right-wing groups.

Economy: Analysts expect Russia to suffer deep and lasting economic damage, despite President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that it resist sanctions. The United States has a long-term goal of crippling Russia’s oil industry, officials say.

Germany: Gerhard Schröder – a former chancellor, Putin ally and well-paid lobbyist for Russian energy – will be stripped of the 400,000 euros in privileges that come with his old job.

Atrocities: A Times investigation found conclusive evidence that Russian forces rounded up and executed Ukrainian men in Bucha, implicating them directly in a likely war crime. And in the first war crimes trial since the invasion, a Russian soldier apologized to the widow of a man he killed.

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In other developments:


As he wrapped up a three-day tour of Canada, the heir to the British throne – and Canada’s future head of state – confronted the country’s legacy of discrimination against Indigenous people.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, visited the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, which claims the Crown breached a century-old treaty.

They also met survivors of the now defunct and notoriously abusive residential school system for Indigenous children, for which the Dene hold the Crown in part responsible. Prince Charles said he was “deeply moved” by this visit.

Story: It is a time of tension over the role of the monarchy in Britain’s former overseas dominions. In February, Barbados officially became a republic. And separate visits to the Caribbean this year by Prince Edward, Charles’s brother, and Prince William, a son of the future king, have sparked protests against the monarchy and its historic role in the slave trade.

Polls: Queen Elizabeth II is popular, but fewer and fewer Canadians want to swear allegiance to another British monarch, especially if it’s Charles.

Policy: British police have ended their investigation into Downing Street parties which breached Covid rules, raising a cloud over Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He will not face any further fines.


Juan Carlos, the former Spanish monarch, has returned to Spain for the first time since leaving the country nearly two years ago amid fraud investigations.

His brief return from Abu Dhabi, where he now lives, comes after Spanish and Swiss prosecutors dropped fraud cases, including whether he received around $100 million in bribes in connection of a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia.

The investigations considerably tarnished his reputation and that of the monarchy. One of her daughters was fined for corporate fraud and her husband was sentenced to prison. On Wednesday, the royal household underlined in a statement that the capital of the United Arab Emirates was now the residence of Juan Carlos “on a permanent and stable basis”.

Details: The former king planned to meet his wife, Queen Sofía, and other members of his family at the royal palace on the outskirts of Madrid, and attend a weekend sailing regatta.

Story: Juan Carlos, 84, ascended the throne in 1975, two days after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. He was a key figure in Spain’s transition to democracy, but his lavish lifestyle, extramarital affairs and business dealings came under the spotlight during a financial crisis ten years ago. years.

Romania is “rewilding” its wolves and bison, a progressive approach to conservation. Tourists can go on “safaris” and follow the reintroduction of animals in the Transylvanian Alps.

In the 1600s, an English jurist, Lord Matthew Hale, wrote that women were contractually obligated to their husbands. He argued that giving them legally enforceable rights over their own bodies was a threat to the rights and freedoms of men.

Hale’s decision and its legal philosophy still loom large, writes Amanda Taub in The Interpreter, our sister newsletter. “We no longer hold witch trials, for example,” she wrote. “But his views on rape, marriage and abortion, enshrined in legal opinions, became part of the British legal system, and then of its colonies.”

Just two weeks ago, a leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case in the United States, cited Hale eight times. Last Wednesday, the Delhi High Court, in a split verdict, refused to criminalize marital rape in India, upholding a legal exception that Hale had codified in a 17th-century treaty.

Both cases show that colonial-era misogyny can persist, writes Amanda, even in the face of apparent progress. Hale’s legal logic, which treats the family as a private sphere with the husband as sovereign, has become a shield against male violence, including domestic violence and marital rape. This has serious political implications for women’s rights and for the laws that govern their health.

These sweet plantain fries are crispy, tender and caramelized all at once.

“A New Old Play,” an absurd epic from 20th-century China, is part film and part play, part tragedy and farce.

Porridge Radio, an English indie rock band, released their emotional third album today: ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky’.

Here’s today’s mini-crossword, and a hint: Do or die (four letters).

And here is today’s Wordle and the Spelling Bee.

You can find all of our puzzles here.


That’s it for today’s briefing. Thanks for joining me. – Amelie

PS On assignment, Times reporters often show up with different versions of the same line: Hello, I am a journalist. Can we talk?

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