Elections

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya poses during a Nov. 8, 2016, interview in Moscow.

Here’s the Memo the Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Took to the Meeting With Donald Trump Jr.

No dirt on Clinton, a passing mention of adoptions, and a lot on Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act.

Andrej Babis during the parliamentary campaign in Oct. 2017. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Americans Should (Maybe) Worry About Czech Elections

Is Prague about to toss out liberal values? It’s complicated.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and then-
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016.  (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Has Invented Social Media Blitzkrieg

And it’s time that America learns to defend itself.

Marked ballot papers sit in piles at the Twalemishe school polling station in Kamalondo district of Lubumbashi on November 29, 2011.   Monitors reported widespread fraud in Democratic Republic of Congo elections and presidential rivals demanded an annulment as votes were counted Tuesday in polling marred by deadly violence. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

How Ballots Are Being Used to Delay the Congolese Election

Elections cost too much, the government says. But the years-long delay is more likely a power grab.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Balloons drop as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) take the stage after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

America Should Let a Thousand Political Parties Bloom

With the two party system coming apart, the United States ought to take its cues from Europe.

KIRKUK, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 25: People are seen casting their referendum vote at a voting station on September 25, 2017 in Kirkuk, Iraq. Despite strong objection from neighboring countries and the Iraqi government. Some five million Kurds took to the polls today across three provinces in the historic independence referendum.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Not Everyone in Kurdistan Is Cheering Kurdish Independence

In Iraq’s multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, this week’s referendum has sparked celebration — and serious discontent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Berlin on September 25, 2017, one day after general elections.
Merkel woke up to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ / ALTERNATIVE CROP         (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

This Was the Worst Possible German Election for Europe

Angela Merkel’s final term was supposed to revive the EU. Now it might condemn the continent to permanent crisis.

People hold up placards with the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, on stage) as she addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) rally in Bitterfeld, eastern Germany on August 29, 2017, less than a month before the September 24th general election. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Will Spend the Next Four Years Battling Forces at Home

Those who were hoping for a new wave of German leadership will be left waiting.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her oath of office for her third term as chancellor at the Bundestag during ceremonies in which the new German government was sworn in on December 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The new government is a coalition between the German Christian Democrats (CDU), the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) following federal elections held in September.

German Democracy Is Too Strong for the Far Right to Destroy

Germany appears to have resisted the siren song of the far right and far left and opted to stick with a known quantity.

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Voters Shatter Germany’s Centrist Politics

But that could actually be a good thing, ending “too much consensus.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Neuss, western Germany on September 21, 2017, during the final days before Germans head to the polls. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel’s Great Escape

The chancellor's response to the refugee crisis was going to be her downfall. Then Germany's welfare state kicked in.

The silhouette of Saint Vitus Cathedral (L), a part of the Prague Castle is seen on April 20, 2015 as the sun sets in the Czech capital. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK        (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brief Life, and Looming Death, of Europe’s ‘SWAT Team for Truth’

The Czech Republic launched the continent’s first center to combat fake news in January. It might not survive the year.

Refugees protest outside the Asylum Service in Athens on September 19, 2017, to call for immediate reunifications with their families in Germany.
Refugees , living in different camps  around Athens demanded to travel at the legally provided deadline of six month. Germany has limited the families reunifications to 70  per month.  / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI        (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: About 1 Million Refugees Left in Limbo in Europe Through 2016

Half of Europe’s asylum seekers in the last two years were still awaiting word on whether they could stay at the end of 2016.

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila looks on during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe        (Photo credit should read PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jig Is Up for Congo’s Embattled President

Instead of giving President Joseph Kabila a free pass to cling to power, world leaders should endorse a plan to replace him.

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