Eastern Europe

A nighttime view of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 27, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Troll or Clumsy Publicity Hound?

A Russian media executive says he’s come to Washington to test the limits of American freedom.

An activist of the new centrist-liberal Momentum party over-pastes an anti-migration billboard on March 28 in Budapest, Hungary. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Hungary’s Strongman Has a Weak Spot

Viktor Orban may have won, but a narrow loss in the countryside suggests that corruption could one day be his undoing.

Gabor Vona (center), leader of the Hungarian far-right Jobbik party with his wife and son  casting his ballot for the European Parliment elections on May 25, 2014 at a local polling station in Budapest.

How Hungary’s Far-Right Extremists Became Warm and Fuzzy

The Jobbik party, once known for its overt racism and anti-Semitism, is trying to reinvent itself as the responsible voice of the center.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster attends a White House meeting with President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

McMaster Unleashes on Russia in Final Speech

The outgoing national security advisor took one last swipe at Putin’s efforts to undermine Western democracies.

Investigators collate forensic samples near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, England, on March 16, as investigations continue after a former Russian spy and his daughter were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack on March 4.
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Putin Is Poisoning Prague

Russian corruption starts small but quickly spreads.

A man lights a candle in front of the Aktuality newsroom, the employer of the murdered investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, in Bratislava.

Blood on Their Hands?

By condoning corruption and denouncing the press, Slovakia's government created an atmosphere in which journalists became targets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a map in his country at his residence of Novo-Ogaryevo outside Moscow, on Aug. 11, 2006. (Dmitry Astakhov)

Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology

The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to a bilateral meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels on December 14, 2017. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

If You’re Not a Democracy, You’re Not European Anymore

The EU is finally declaring it's a club with rules — and that countries like Poland might not belong.

Vladimir Snidl in the Denník N newsroom in Bratislava, Slovakia, in December. (Tomáš Benedikovič for Foreign Policy)

‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.

A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’

Baltic and Nordic countries turn to education as much as military hardware to counter Moscow’s hybrid threats.

Andrej Babis near Prague on Oct. 04, 2017. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Czech Republic Falling Under Putin’s Shadow?

Central Europe and the Balkans are slowly but surely slipping away from the West’s embrace.

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Who’s Afraid of George Soros?

How an octogenarian businessman became the bogeyman of Europe.

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Washington Just Punished Russia — and Helped Putin

The Trump administration just made it harder for Russians to enter the United States ... and gave the Kremlin an easy win.

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