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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2015.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

Then-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Italy-France Summit in Rome, Italy on April 26, 2011. (Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

The Bunga-Bunga Moderate

How Silvio Berlusconi successfully reinvented himself as a straight-laced member of the establishment.

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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.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) on November 22, 2017 in the Bundestag. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Doesn’t Have a Playbook for a Nazi-Sympathizing Opposition

A far-right party has entered German parliament, with uncertain consequences for the country’s democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at a G20 economic summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Populism Is a Problem. Elitist Technocrats Aren’t the Solution.

The problem isn’t too much democracy — it’s too little.

Incoming Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on December 12, 2017 at the parliament in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s Prime Minister Is a Technocrat Banker and a Far-Right Populist at the Same Time

Mateusz Morawiecki used to run an international bank. Now he leads an illiberal government.

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.  

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