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German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Germany Will Never Back Down on Its Russian Pipeline

If it looks like Berlin is colluding with Moscow, that’s because it is.

Defaced photocopies of British National Overseas passports are displayed by pro-Beijing activists as they gather outside the British Consulate General to protest against the use of BNO passports in Hong Kong on Feb. 1.

China’s Nationality Law Is a Cage for Hong Kongers

Foreign passport holders risk being trapped in China by nervous authorities.

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a virtual speech on his party’s vision for the country’s economic future at Labour headquarters in central London on Feb. 18.

Labour’s Dangerous Drift to the Right

Trying to rebound after painful losses, the British party appears to be courting conservative and white voters—and losing its core principles in the process.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, delivers a foreign-policy statement on Iran at Chelsea Piers in New York, on Jan. 7, 2020.

Did Biden Wait Too Long to Engage Iran?

Held back by infighting and hard-liners on the Hill, the administration may have squandered precious time to save the Iran nuclear deal, critics say.

Protesters demonstrate against the so-called "anti-separatism" bill in Paris on Feb. 14.

Why Has France’s Islamist Separatism Bill Caused Such Controversy?

While the French far-right believes the bill could do more to fight extremism, the country’s Muslim population feels the legislation is unfairly targeting their community.

Migrants in a dinghy navigate in the English Channel toward the south coast of England after crossing from France, on Sept. 1, 2020.

Britain Doesn’t Have a Refugee Crisis, So It Created One

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel have unnecessarily warehoused and endangered thousands of asylum-seekers in an effort to pander to the right-wing press.

Gas pipes at a German port

Russian Pipeline Project Tests Biden’s Relations With Russia, Germany—and Congress

Torn between mending ties with Germany or Republicans in Congress, the Biden administration takes a softer line on Nord Stream 2 than some lawmakers expected.

A crack cuts through one of the thousands of stellae at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, on Jan. 29, 2019 in Berlin.

Germany’s Holocaust Remembrance Is Turning Upside Down

The left is relativizing the past, the far-right is insisting on its uniqueness, and the country’s historical culture is cracking from within.

Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks to the press before leaving the first day of the European Council in Brussels on June 29, 2018.

Mark Rutte’s Legacy of Failure—and Winning

The Dutch—like Americans and other Europeans—want a government that works. What they have is a system that’s stuck.

Street vendors, market traders, and self-employed workers from across Italy protest to push for relief from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Rome on Feb. 11.

Italians Take Aim at the Bureaucratic Bourgeoisie

Largely protected from furloughs and layoffs, public employees in Italy have become the scapegoat for an economic crisis that politicians must address.

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

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington, on Jan. 19.

Signaling a New Willingness to Talk, Biden Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

The new administration is looking for an interim road map—but insists it won’t be pressured by Tehran’s deadline to halt inspections next week.

A portrait of Emperor Maximilian I with his family, 1516-1520, by artist Bernhard Strigel. Maximilian's marriage to Mary of Burgundy, the richest heiress in Europe, expanded the House of Habsburg and gave the dynasty a foothold in western Europe.

The Founding Fathers of International Relations Theory Loved War but Overlooked Sex

Pre-modern European power was grounded in marriage and childbirth, not just conflict.

French troops in Algiers during the Algerian War

France Still Struggles With the Shadow of the ‘War Without a Name’

The brutal Algerian War killed hundreds of thousands of people—and deeply marks French politics and society to this day.

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