Europe

John Hume sits in front of the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland

The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to the start of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on July 18.

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Beirut’s blast reopens old political wounds, why Europe must stand up for Belarus, and Colombian armed groups spread fear amid lockdown.

Crowds gather for an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 6.

Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus

The crisis has come at the worst possible time, but red lines must be set.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on the terrace, with a view of the television tower in the background during his visit to the chancellor's office on May 15, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

It’s a New Europe—if You Can Keep It

The continent has managed to take a great leap forward—but there still might be a crash landing.

A U.S. serviceman bids farewell to his friend prior to the departure of a detachment of U.S. military police by train from the Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany to Bosnia via Hungary in 1995.

Auf Wiedersehen to a Mostly Successful, Sometimes Rocky Arranged Marriage

From economic woes to racial strife, America’s troop presence in Germany hasn’t always been easy. But it always made an impact.

The Akademik Cherskiy pipe-laying vessel is seen in the Gulf of Gdansk in the Baltic Sea on May 4. According to Russia's energy minister, the ship could be involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The U.S. Is Close to Killing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

But it’s a race between slow construction and slower sanctions.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks to the media to present the Bundeswehr's new volunteer service program on July 23, in Berlin.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country

Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.

Boris Johnson, as mayor of London, meets tourists during an official visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 15, 2013.

Boris Johnson’s Remarkable U-Turn From Sinophile to China Hawk

Six months ago, Britain was the most China-friendly state in Western Europe. That’s ancient history now.

The main gate of the United States European Command headquarters at the Patch Barracks.

‘It’s Hard to Be in Limbo,’ as COVID-19 Plays Havoc With Military Moves

It’s hard enough to make a permanent change of station overseas. Military families are finding it agonizing in a pandemic-torn world.

Coal heavers wear sandwich boards to protest against low wages in 1921.

When Everything Is a Crisis, Nothing Is

Invoking crisis is a favorite tactic of dictators—and widespread misuse of the word robs it of its power. 

A man leaves the Menoyia immigration detention center near the town of Kofinou in Cyprus on May 29.

The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe

The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.

Protestor holds a Black Lives Matter sign in Italy

As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past

Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a joint press conference at the end of the European summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on July 21.

Europe’s Faustian Union

The EU’s budget deal shows that the club has long given up on rule of law in its member states.

A branch of the German bank Commerzbank

Trans-Atlantic Ties Should Put Finance, Not Security, First

Biden will need a progressive Europe policy for a post-Trump age.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is swarmed by reporters as he leaves the Senate floor on July 30 in Washington. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate remain in a stalemate as the the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit is set to expire on Friday.

As Pandemic Rages, the United States Slashes an Economic Lifeline

Lockdowns and outbreaks have hit the poor hard—and governments worldwide are struggling.

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