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Two women are seen from the back, walking down a street in a crowd.

Can This Brussels Neighborhood Shake Its Jihadi Reputation?

Molenbeek was labeled a hub of European extremism. Seven years later, with drug trafficking rising, alienated residents want to change the narrative.

A statue of Leopold II is shown defaced with red paint.
A statue of Leopold II is shown defaced with red paint.

Confronting Belgium’s Colonial Legacy

Belgium’s King Philippe is visiting Congo this week, but the country still has much to do to make amends.

Migrant children pose for the camera in a tent camp on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 11.
Migrant children pose for the camera in a tent camp on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 11.

Don’t Blame Belarus. Blame Brussels.

The migrant crisis on the EU’s eastern border is the result of an incoherent and inhumane European migration policy ripe for exploitation by autocrats.

Man gives thumbs-up in Belgium after getting vaccine
Man gives thumbs-up in Belgium after getting vaccine

Belgium’s COVID-19 Comeback Is a Model for the World

Europe’s poster child for pandemic dysfunction can now teach other countries how to beat the disease.

Medics ready to load a patient infected with COVID-19 into a waiting helicopter to be transfered from Verviers hospital to Antwerp, on November 9, 2020.
Medics ready to load a patient infected with COVID-19 into a waiting helicopter to be transfered from Verviers hospital to Antwerp, on November 9, 2020.

Why Does Belgium Have the World’s Highest COVID-19 Death Rate?

Individualism, regional divisions, and fragmented government authority have led the capital of Europe to fail where many poorer and less-connected countries have succeeded.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.
A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

Two paramilitary police officers secure an area along a street during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25, 2019.
Two paramilitary police officers secure an area along a street during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25, 2019.
The Palais de Justice in Brussels in 1966. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
The Palais de Justice in Brussels in 1966. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The EU’s Buildings Are as Opaque as Its Bureaucracy

Brussels’ sprawling, confusing architecture matches the institution it houses.

A pro-European Union protester holds U.K. and European flags in front of Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster in central London on Sept. 13, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)
A pro-European Union protester holds U.K. and European flags in front of Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster in central London on Sept. 13, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Brexit Is Europe’s Finest Hour

The British debacle is shoring up the EU center as it heads into critical May elections.

A 'Leave Means Leave' sticker on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament on Jan. 18, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A 'Leave Means Leave' sticker on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament on Jan. 18, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Will Brexit Blow Up Britain’s Conservative Party?

Europe has ended the careers of many a Tory prime minister. If Theresa May can’t forge a deal that carries a majority, she could send the party into the political wilderness.

A British protester stands in Parliament Square in Westminster, London, on Jan. 14.(Richard Baker / In Pictures/Getty Images)
A British protester stands in Parliament Square in Westminster, London, on Jan. 14.(Richard Baker / In Pictures/Getty Images)

What to Read on Brexit

Ten things to read or listen to before the British Parliament votes on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed plan to leave the European Union.

The “Founding Fathers” exhibit at the House of European History highlights key architects of European integration. (Dominique Hommel/European Union 2018 – EP)
The “Founding Fathers” exhibit at the House of European History highlights key architects of European integration. (Dominique Hommel/European Union 2018 – EP)

Night at the Museum

Brussels’s new European history museum could put anyone to sleep.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2018. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2018. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

NATO Chief Worried About Fissures Between United States and Europe

In an interview with Foreign Policy, Jens Stoltenberg cautioned against a new arms race with Russia.

Children play soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 7, 2010.
Children play soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 7, 2010.

The Scramble for Africa’s Athletes

Shady sports agents have taken a page from human traffickers. They’re luring young men to Europe with promises of fame and exploiting them instead.

A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3, 2014 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo. Some 2,000 civilians, including more than 500 children, have been killed in regime air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo since January, many of them in barrel bomb attacks. AFP PHOTO / BARAA AL-HALABI        (Photo credit should read BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images)
A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3, 2014 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo. Some 2,000 civilians, including more than 500 children, have been killed in regime air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo since January, many of them in barrel bomb attacks. AFP PHOTO / BARAA AL-HALABI (Photo credit should read BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Is Helping Allies Hide Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Syria

The Pentagon is doing its partners in the anti-Islamic State campaign a favor, at the expense of its own transparency.

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NATO Prepares to Be Disappointed by the Cheshire Cat President

U.S. allies will not leave Thursday's summit feeling any more reassured than when they arrived.

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