Politics

Czech President and presidential candidate in next Czech presidential election Milos Zeman addresses a press conference announcing a petition to support his presidential candidacy on Nov. 6, 2017 in Prague. (Micahl Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

If a President Is Dying, and Nobody Says Anything, Does It Make a Sound?

The Czech Republic's populist president is running for re-election — and his ailing health is an open secret.

Martin Schulz, head of the German Social Democrats (SPD), at the SPD federal congress on January 21, 2018 in Bonn, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany’s Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics

Social democrats have committed to a partnership with Angela Merkel that exposes their greatest vulnerability.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions Abet Iranian Internet Censorship

If the United States wants to stand behind the next #IranProtests, it should liberalize rules that impede access to cutting-edge tools against repression.

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 Conqueror

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

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

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.

Arvind Kejriwal poses for a photograph with party members during a public rally in Nov. 2016. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Political Outsiders: From Protest to Politics to Power

A new documentary traces an Indian anti-corruption party’s rise to power. But life has not stood still since filming stopped.

Guns are on display during the Nation's Gun Show on Nov. 18, 2016 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Why is Lloyd’s of London Insuring American Guns?

The iconic British insurance market is good at pooling risk. But critics fear the policies it underwrites could fuel gun violence.

Rescue teams work amid the ruins of Colegio Enrique Rébsamen in Mexico City on Sept. 20. (Jose Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)T

The Earthquake to Come in Mexico

With a wave of corruption scandals sweeping out Latin American governments, is Mexico's next to fall?

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.

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.

The logo of news website BuzzFeed as seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

DNC Subpoenaed in ‘Dossier’ Lawsuit

Media organization being sued by Russian billionaire tries a new tactic.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache, chairman of the Freedom Party, give a joint press conference in Vienna on Oct. 25. (Helmut Fohringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Battle for Austria’s Right Is a Harbinger for the Rest of Europe

In Vienna, the center-right and populist right are vying for power. All of Europe is watching.

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