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Students protest in Medellin, Colombia, on Oct. 12 during a protest in the framework of a general strike. (Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Populism Making a Comeback in Latin America?

Having rejected its demogogues just a few years ago, the region is now poised to welcome them back.

A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts at counterprotesters during a rally calling for the protection of Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8.

Survey: One-Third of Republicans Favor Leaders Unchecked by Courts or Congress

A new global survey finds that right-of-center ideology and education affect support for democracy.

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.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Balloons drop as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) take the stage after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

America Should Let a Thousand Political Parties Bloom

With the two party system coming apart, the United States ought to take its cues from Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Berlin on September 25, 2017, one day after general elections.
Merkel woke up to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ / ALTERNATIVE CROP         (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

This Was the Worst Possible German Election for Europe

Angela Merkel’s final term was supposed to revive the EU. Now it might condemn the continent to permanent crisis.

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Voters Shatter Germany’s Centrist Politics

But that could actually be a good thing, ending “too much consensus.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech as she attends an electoral meeting in Delbrueck, western Germany, on September 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Friso Gentsch / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read FRISO GENTSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel Has Everything Except a Legacy

The German chancellor has spent 12 years fending off, deterring, and patching up. But in her last term, can she build anything lasting?

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.  

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is a Nazi Sympathizer

How long will America’s highest officials continue to support this monstrous behavior?

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JULY 08: The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

The Problem With Making Hate Speech Illegal

The answer to the violence in Charlottesville isn't to outlaw white supremacy.

Photo taken in February 1972 shows New York during a twilight.  / AFP PHOTO / -        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

The Gathering Storm vs. the Crisis of Confidence

Are we entering a redux of the dangerous 1930s or the geopolitical malaise of the 1970s?

TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Turkish anti riot police officers escort Turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan battled to regain control over Turkey on July 16, 2016 after a coup that claimed more than 250 lives, bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering. / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army

The Turkish president has brutally cleansed ranks and is building a new army with some strange bedfellows.

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.

QIONGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 08:  (CHINA OUT) Founder of Soros Fund Management LLC George Soros attends the Boao Forum for Asia on April 8, 2013 in Qionghai, Hainan Province of China. State and government leaders from Asia and other regions have been invited to attend three-days of economic meetings for the annual Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, a coastal town in south China's Hainan Province.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Hungary’s Orban Targets Soros in New Anti-Immigrant Campaign

The Soros posters are part of an ongoing battle over Hungary’s political future.

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?

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