Europe

Incoming Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on December 12, 2017 at the parliament in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s Prime Minister Is a Technocrat Banker and a Far-Right Populist at the Same Time

Mateusz Morawiecki used to run an international bank. Now he leads an illiberal government.

Vladimir Putin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller examine a map of the Nord Stream gas project outside Vyborg, Russia on Sept. 6, 2011. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Weighs Threat of Moscow Wielding the Energy Weapon

The “mere threat of a cutoff gives Russia political leverage” over Europe.

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a press conference at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna on Dec. 7.
(AFP/APA/Hans Punz/Austria OUT)

Tillerson: Biggest Snag in U.S.-Russia Relations is Ukraine, Not Election Meddling

U.S. ‘badly’ wants to mend fences with Moscow, Secretary of State Tillerson says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid

The IOC’s unprecedented ban on Russia for sports doping feeds his narrative of a nation under siege.

Leaders hold a meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO 2014 summit in Newport, South Wales, on Sep. 4, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO’s Little Noticed but Important New Aggressive Stance on Cyber Weapons

Not many people noticed it, but last month, NATO made a dramatic change in its cyber policy.

A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo takes shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014 in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria

Syria’s war isn’t over, but a growing number of German policymakers are trying to revoke asylum and send Syrians back home — against their will, if necessary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin Isn’t as Russian as He Seems

The Russian president cloaks himself in nationalism, but that’s not where his heart is.

Boxer Conor McGregor attends an after fight party on August 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife)

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Former British Colony Scorned

The U.K.'s biggest hurdle to a successful Brexit is the small country next door.

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a CDU party conference in December 2016. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet the Post-Merkel Generation

A brief survey of the German conservatives already jockeying to replace their matriarch.

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a bust of writer Alexandre Dumas during a visit to the Monte Cristo castle near Paris, on Sep. 16. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist

Is the grammar of liberté, égalité, fraternité inherently chauvinistic?

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

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