The Sunday Subject – January 22, 2023

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More classified documents have been found in president Joe Biden’s home in Delaware.

James Comer, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has demanded to see visitor logs for Biden’s Wilmington home. Republicans have accused Democrats of hypocrisy after the latter insisted Trump should be prosecuted for mishandling classified papers. Democrats argue that the two cases are fundamentally different, as Trump tried to block attempts to recover the documents held in his home, while Biden volunteered a search of his home himself and handed over the documents as soon as they were discovered. 

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, announced she would be stepping down within the next three weeks.

Ardern gained international recognition for her handling of the 2019 terrorist attack on a Christchurch mosque and the pandemic. Elected prime minister in 2017, she said in a tearful statement she did not have “enough in the tank” to continue leading the country. 

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania urged Germany to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

“Germany as the leading European power has special responsibility in this regard,” they wrote, a day after Germany confirmed its reluctance to provide the tanks. Pressure has been mounting for months on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to sanction the transfer of Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. His detractors say that he, much like his party’s old guard, finds it hard to abandon his party’s decades-long caution towards Russia. Others point out that Germany has been Ukraine’s second biggest supporter, both financially and military, after America.