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French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, west of London on Jan. 18. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron the Conquerer

France is back, thanks to a president committed to disrupting politics at home and abroad.

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How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump

Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.

The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels on October 21, 2004. (Mark Renders/Getty Images)

No, Europe Isn’t Ambushing NATO

How to learn to stop worrying and love the EU’s new security and defense agreement.

German soldiers beside a tank during World War II (German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons).

WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

Then-president-elect Donald J. Trump arrives at his inauguration at the United States Capitol on Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C. (Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images)

The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved

The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us.

New Eurogroup President Mário Centeno gestures as he addresses a press conference at the European Council in Brussels on Dec. 4. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Portugal Has Emerged as Europe’s Booming Anti-Germany

Lisbon got its economy back on track by ditching austerity, and now Berlin is eating crow.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos

It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.

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?

The interior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Nov. 7. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

The Louvre Isn’t Just a Museum. It’s a Power Tool.

Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle East this week to unveil the Louvre Abu Dhabi — and affirm France as a global power.

A logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is displayed in front of the organization headquarters on September 14, 2011. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again

Worried about past dues and what it calls an anti-Israel bias, Washington is bailing on the group it helped found.

Students demonstrate in favor of Catalonian independence in Barcelona (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

France Won’t Recognize an Independent Catalonia

The statement comes as Catalonia mulls an independence declaration, spooking companies and emboldening France’s separatists.

A French soldier enforcing pictured on November 18, 2015 in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower, which is illuminated with the colors of the French flag in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. Photo credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Rights Advocates Brace for Anti-Terrorism Bill

Critics of Macron's anti-terrorism bill see it as a dangerous political gesture.

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