The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal
Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.
Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.
Despite the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe.
Will Poland’s Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?
President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country’s poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially liberal cities.
No, China Has Not Bought Central and Eastern Europe
While some Central and Eastern European governments have taken pro-Beijing positions, their considerations are far more domestic than international.
Why Populists Understand Eastern Europe
Liberals have changed the region for the better—but don’t perceive its sense of loss.
NATO Has a New Weak Link for Russia to Exploit
North Macedonia just became NATO’s newest and weakest member. That makes it a ripe target for interference.
China Has Its Eyes on Serbia
Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.
The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World
The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.
Keep Calm—and Carry On Spreading the Coronavirus
Britain has been exceptionally slow to respond to the pandemic. Trump's decision to omit the U.K. and Ireland from his European travel ban won't help halt the spread of the virus.
The End of Eastern Europe’s Great Liberal Hope
Slovakia’s progressive president was supposed to spur a regional revival of liberalism—now her party has even failed to qualify for parliament. What went wrong?
The End of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Honeymoon
Changing Ukraine is much harder than its president thought. Here is how Zelensky should reboot his presidency and secure his place in history.
‘Russia’s Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule’
The entire Russian government has resigned as Putin charts his country’s political future—one that will certainly still include a leading role for him.
Don’t Blame Turkey for NATO’s Woes
Emmanuel Macron thinks the Atlantic alliance is brain-dead, but its problems have deeper roots than the recent U.S.-Turkish spat over Syria.