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Members of the anti-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit, dressed up as British Army Soldiers and Customs officials, pose with a wall installed on a road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, during a demonstration in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse

The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

The G-7 Is Dead. Long Live Jackson Hole.

This year’s summit of the leading industrial nations will be the most dysfunctional ever. Do the world’s central banks have the firepower to save the global economy?

A protester dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to a giant 1 Euro coin during a demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin October 21, 2011, calling on Germany and France to spend more on alleviating poverty and protecting the environment, rather than on banks.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.

An Italian Guardia di Finanza ship sails towards the Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms to retrieve 27 unaccompanied minors and take them to the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019.

There’s No End in Sight for Matteo Salvini’s War on Migrants

Italy’s interior minister has already passed draconian laws to stop humanitarian rescue ships. If he manages to become prime minister, it will only get worse.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends a rally in Rome on Nov. 27, 2013.

We’re All Living in Berlusconi’s World Now

The Italian leader played buffoon, victim, and messiah. Others have followed suit.

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Make America Existentialist Again

French philosophy came to define the postwar era. As U.S. politics get ever more absurd, it’s time for a comeback.

Paramedics remove an injured man suspected of being an undercover police officer and attacked during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on Aug. 13.

Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades

Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.

Protesters including Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable  and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall on March 23 in London.

Boris Johnson Needs a Second Referendum to Stay in Power

A general election in the wake of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is too great a risk. For a man who has always wanted to occupy No. 10 Downing St., a three-way referendum is the safest way to prolong his premiership.

Sudanese dockworkers unload a U.S. aid shipment organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism

The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.

A map of the world circa 1870 with possessions of the British Empire colored in red.

The World Is Reaping the Chaos the British Empire Sowed

Locals are still paying for the mess the British left behind in Hong Kong and Kashmir.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea aboard the Pyotr Veliky nuclear missile cruiser on Aug. 17, 2005.

A Mysterious Explosion Took Place in Russia. What Really Happened?

Russia’s catastrophic test of a nuclear-powered missile proves that a new global arms race will mean new nuclear accidents.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) greets members of the public on a walkabout with Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (2nd from right) and members of West Midlands Police in Birmingham, England on July 26.

Boris Johnson Doesn’t Want a No-Deal Brexit. He Wants to Win an Election.

The British prime minister’s tough talk is designed to provoke Remainers into blocking Brexit—and give him a villain to blame during an election campaign.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, arrives at Downing Street in central London on Aug. 2.

Can Dominic Cummings Banish Nativist Populism From U.K. Politics?

Boris Johnson's Brexit guru masterminded the Vote Leave campaign, but he despises Nigel Farage and sees a quick Brexit as the best recipe for neutralizing the far-right.

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