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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?

Supporters of an independence for Catalonia listen to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's speech  in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. ( Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images)

Catalan President Backs Down From Independence Declaration

Puigdemont says he’ll still pursue negotiations with Spain.

A Swiss police sniper stands guard on the roof next to the Congress centre during the first day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Cheers for Globalism!

An unabashed defense of the Trump administration’s favorite object of ire.

Demonstrators with a Slovak flag attend an anti-corruption rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 5, 2017.
Thousands of protesters joined a protest march against corruption organised by high school students.  / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR SIMICEK        (Photo credit should read VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images)

They Spent Months Protesting Corruption. Now What?

Young people in Central and Eastern Europe took to the streets in a quixotic fight. Will they now face a winter of despair?

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 24: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the state funeral of the late former German President Roman Herzog at the Dom Cathedral on January 24, 2017 in Berlin.  Roman Herzog, who died at the age of 82 on January 10, 2017, served as German president from 1994 to 1999. (Photo by Max Menning-Pool/Getty Images)

The German Election Is a Christian Civil War

Germany’s far-right is saying out loud what Angela Merkel’s party has always quietly believed: that Christian culture depends on Christian demographics.  

US President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) shake hand at the end of a press conference following meetings at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 13, 2017, during the US president's 24-hour trip that coincides with France's national day and the 100th anniversary of US involvement in World War I.
Donald Trump arrived in Paris for a presidential visit filled with Bastille Day pomp and which the White House hopes will offer respite from rolling scandal backing home.
 / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD        (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Breaks Bread with France’s Macron, Defends Son’s Meeting for Russian Dirt

But the president left the door open on reviewing the Paris climate accord.

US President Donald Trump gives a speech in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Krasinski Square on the sidelines of the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI        (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Trump Reconcile Nationalism With Liberalism?

Last week in Warsaw, President Donald Trump finally gave something close to a mature, clear, and thoughtful version of his governing philosophy.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), Donald Trump, President of the USA (C) meets Vladimir Putin, President of Russia during the G20 Summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration.  (Photo by BPA via Getty Images)

Trump Has Picked America’s Enemies in Russia Over Its Friends in Europe

After his most recent trip abroad, the president deserves credit for consistency — but not much else.

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pen (L) and French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement, Emmanuel Macron pose prior to the start of a live brodcast face-to-face televised debate in television studios of French public national television channel France 2, and French private channel TF1 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 3, 2017 as part of the second round election campaign.
Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen face off in a final televised debate on May 3 that will showcase their starkly different visions of France's future ahead of this weekend's presidential election run-off.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eric FEFERBERG        (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Nationalists Ever Make Good Liberals?

France's new president is betting that he can bring disaffected voters back into the liberal fold by combining openness with economic growth. What if he just makes them even angrier?

TOPSHOT - Pro-Erdogan supporters react during a protest at the Sarchane park in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. 
The Turkish army said on July 19 that the vast majority of its members had no links with the July 15 attempted coup and warned that the putschists would face severe punishment. The armed forces blamed the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation" (FETO) for the failed putsch, referring to Fethullah Gulen, a one-time ally turned foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey's prime minister said on July 19 his government had sent four files to the United States, as Ankara seeks the extradition of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen. / AFP / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Extradite Fetullah Gülen

It is clear to the government of Turkey that the Pennsylvania cleric is a coup plotter. Donald Trump should honor our request to bring him to justice.

Meral Aksener, candidate for the leadership of the Turkish opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), delivers a speech during a "NO" campaign meeting on April 8, 2017, in Ankara, a week ahead of a constitutional referendum.  
On April 16, 2017, the Turkish public will vote on whether to change the current parliamentary system into an executive presidency.  / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Can the ‘She-Wolf’ Who Rejected the Harem Take On Sultan Erdogan?

The feisty, nationalist grandmother Meral Aksener is a real threat to unseat Turkey’s demagogic president. If he doesn’t toss her in jail first.

MELBOURNE, FL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Donald Trump speaks to a large group of supporters at a Florida airport hanger the day after his first debate with Hillary Clinton on September 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Florida. Trump has lashed out at the debate moderator, his microphone and Hillary Clinton following the at times combative debate.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Other N-Word

Well-meaning Westerners, including Americans, should stop suggesting that nationalism is imaginary. It's real, powerful, and here to stay.

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10 Murders, 3 Nazis, and Germany’s Moment of Reckoning

German authorities looked the other way as a right-wing terrorist cell went on a seven-year killing spree. Now they won’t look in the mirror.

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Whatever Could Marine Le Pen Be Doing in Trump Tower?

Is it for a meeting with Trump’s team? A shameless PR stunt? Either way, Le Pen is in Trump Tower.

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