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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn, and Friedrich Merz at a regional German Christian Democratic Union gathering in Halle, Germany, on Nov. 22. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Give Up on Eastern Germany

As the post-Merkel era looms, Germany’s center-right party needs to ditch its eastern base and go back to its western roots.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after pardoning a turkey in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 21, 2017. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2018

From Angela Merkel to America’s civil servants, a list of some bright spots in the world’s darkening sky.

European Council President Donald Tusk (from left), British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare for a photo at the G-7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada, on June 7. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The Economic Crisis Is Over. Populism Is Forever.

From the United States to Germany, the West is booming—but the public hasn’t regained an appetite for liberalism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in a courtyard after the weekly government cabinet meeting in Berlin on Oct. 31.

Angela Merkel Failed

The German chancellor survived by avoiding politics whenever possible—and history won't judge her kindly for it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looks back as she and other leaders depart at a summit of leaders of the European Union on September 20, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg

The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with sailors of the German Navy while she visited the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Trump Is Right About Germany’s Low-Energy Military

Berlin needs to spend more on defense, but the U.S. president's public demands are making it politically impossible.

Markus Söder of the Bavarian Christian Social Union and the new governor of Bavaria conducts a  brass band at the Bavarian state parliament on March 16, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

How Far Will Bavaria’s CSU Go to Fend Off Germany’s Far-Right?

Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union, is taking an extreme line on refugees and threatening to bring down her coalition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture on the balcony of the town hall of Aachen after Macron recieved the International Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images,)

RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018

The partnership with America had a long and fruitful life — but Europe is ready to start over.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following a meeting on the sidelines of the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, on March 22, 2018. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Has No Clue How to Handle an American Bully

Germany, France, and the U.K. all tried sucking up to Trump. They ended up helping kill the Iran deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on April 27, 2018.  (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

The Unbearable Complacency of Angela Merkel

Germany's economy is far more vulnerable than it seems, but its government is completely uninterested in doing anything about it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to visiting girls during the annual Girls' Day at the Chancellery on April 25, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.  (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Merkel to Press Trump on Russia Sanctions

Merkel and Macron are focused on European business when pushing back on Russia sanctions. Their concern for the Iran deal is different.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past sailors of the German Navy while visiting the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Merkel’s Military Revival

Germany is poised to become Europe’s first line of defense, but facing down a revanchist Russia will require more spending and better coordination among NATO allies.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the European Commission in Brussels on February 23, 2018. (OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Forgot What ‘Conservative’ Means

If the center-right doesn't reclaim its mission, it will soon be swallowed by populism.

Andrea Nahles and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin, on March 12, 2018. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Post-Merkel Power Fraus

The German chancellor's most likely successors are both women — but the similarities end there.

Martin Schulz, head of the German Social Democrats (SPD), at the SPD federal congress on January 21, 2018 in Bonn, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany’s Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics

Social democrats have committed to a partnership with Angela Merkel that exposes their greatest vulnerability.

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a CDU party conference in December 2016. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet the Post-Merkel Generation

A brief survey of the German conservatives already jockeying to replace their matriarch.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos

It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Is the Real Winner in Germany?

Merkel went silent as the AfD went viral.

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