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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?

In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.

An aerial view shows an oil pumpjack at the Huntington Beach oil fields in California on April 20.

Oil Price Nosedive Continues as Trump’s Deal Fails to Deliver

The impact of the coronavirus sends markets into an unprecedented slump, with no end in sight.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Trump’s Big Turnaround: Cash Payments Instead of a Payroll Tax Cut

Parsing the latest economic fixes to the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow on February 23, 2020. (YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Will Putin Be Russia’s President For Life?

A series of choreographed moves have set the stage for him to potentially rule until at least 2036.

Containers are transferred to trucks at the Port of Tokyo on Aug. 19, 2019. Japan’s trade surplus with the United States, like that of many other countries, has fueled U.S. President Donald Trump’s ire, though experts say trade balances are a poor metric to use.

What Trump Really Doesn’t Get About Trade

The U.S. president has disrupted the global economy for three years based on misguided notions about trade deficits. Now it’s Europe’s turn.

Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Lisa Nandy

Britain’s Labour Party Starts Deciding Its Post-Corbyn Future

Front-runner Keir Starmer is seeking to get past Jeremy Corbyn and return the party to the early glory days of Tony Blair, but whoever the winner is will have to reckon with the party’s hard turn leftward.

Carlos Ghosn

What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?

Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.

Sinn Fein supporters sing as they hold an Irish flag during the Dublin City count.

Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next?

Disgruntled Irish voters have made their voices heard, but translating that mandate into a governing coalition won’t be easy.

Angela Merkel and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Why Angela Merkel’s Succession Plan Failed

The German chancellor’s anointed successor says she will no longer seek the country’s top position. Berlin now faces months of political uncertainty.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (left), Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (center), and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald take part in the final TV leaders' debate at the RTE studios.

Will Irish Elections Lead to Unification?

After Saturday’s vote, the nationalist Sinn Fein party could form parts of governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time in history.

Medical staff members, wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus that began in the city, arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 25.

How to Tell What’s Really Happening With the Wuhan Virus

China struggles with a fast-moving outbreak, as the authorities move to cut off unauthorized information.

Medical staff transfer patients to hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 17.

Wuhan’s 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread

Trains and flights out of the central Chinese city have been canceled as the toll from a new coronavirus grows.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There

Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington on Jan. 8.

Assassination, Extrajudicial Execution, or Targeted Killing—What’s the Difference?

Successive presidents have tried to shape new terminology for political killings. But they’re still mostly illegal.

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