A Moat Defensive

It’s just 25 miles from Calais to Dover. But for Britain, the Channel has always been the distance between the “swarms” and English civilization.


François Hollande and the Beanstalk

France's president hoped that the eurozone crisis could shoot him to new political heights -- or at least get him re-elected. But the moral of this fable might be closer to home than he realizes.


Greece Accepts ‘Fiscal Waterboarding’ as Bailout Deal Passes Parliament

Greek lawmakers finally accepted European austerity demands. Now, there are growing fault lines between the country's creditors, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Union.


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Athens Has Made Peace With Austerity. Will Europe Make Peace With Athens?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras now says he wants to embrace European austerity. The Germans don't trust him, and the Greeks don't want it.


Godot Was a Eurocrat

The crisis in Greece isn't an ancient tragedy; it's a modern farce only Samuel Beckett could have written.

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The Lives of Defense Secretaries

There isn't always a lot of levity in the Pentagon briefing room, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided some on Monday.


Scandal on the Tour De France

The legendary race’s long history of thugs, drugs, and cheating.

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