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(From right to left) Daniel Günther, minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein; Friedrich Merz, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Hendrik Wüst, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, stand together in Berlin on May 9.
(From right to left) Daniel Günther, minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein; Friedrich Merz, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Hendrik Wüst, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, stand together in Berlin on May 9.

Germany’s Christian Democrats Are on a Comeback Mission

The future of governance in the country looks very much like a conservative-green alliance.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a group meeting of his Justice and Development Party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, on May 18.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a group meeting of his Justice and Development Party at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, on May 18.

Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey’s Clash With the PKK?

Intensifying conflict with the Kurdish armed movement in Iraq and Syria will likely improve his chances of reelection.

A woman votes behind a white privacy screen.
A woman votes behind a white privacy screen.

Lebanon’s Surprisingly Promising Election

After years of political deadlock, the country may be starting to shake off its ruling class.

Newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud waves to supporters in Mogadishu on May 15.
Newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud waves to supporters in Mogadishu on May 15.

Somalia’s New President

After a long delayed indirect election, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud faces many challenges.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.

Lula’s Tricky Comeback

The Brazilian leftist has crafted an unusual alliance with the center. Will it sully or save him?

A person with curly hair stands with their back turned toward the camera, draped in a red and white flag with a green tree in the middle. They're standing in the middle of a road and tan buildings are in the background.
A person with curly hair stands with their back turned toward the camera, draped in a red and white flag with a green tree in the middle. They're standing in the middle of a road and tan buildings are in the background.

Can Lebanon’s Elections Pull the Country Out of an Abyss?

On Sunday, Lebanese go to the polls for the first time since their 2019 uprising.

Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.
Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.

How a Pair of Mining Fortunes Will Shape the Australian Election

Two wealthy men with opposing political views are riding a wave of discontent with the major parties.

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

New Philippine President Marcos Is No Duterte on Foreign Policy

Monday’s victor intends to defend sovereignty against China and prioritize the U.S. alliance.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Already Undermining Brazil’s Upcoming Election

The populist president and his devotees are casting a dark cloud over the October vote.

Parisians gather at Place de la République to protest against the election of Emmanuel Macron.
Parisians gather at Place de la République to protest against the election of Emmanuel Macron.

Election Conspiracy Theories Grow After Macron Victory

France is borrowing claims of stolen elections from the U.S. right.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Why Corruption Thrives in the Philippines

A Marcos might soon be back in power in Manila. That’s because political dynasties are more powerful than parties.

French presidential election candidate for the far-right then-National Front party Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Hénin-Beaumont, France, on April 23, 2017.
French presidential election candidate for the far-right then-National Front party Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Hénin-Beaumont, France, on April 23, 2017.

Is Marine Le Pen a Fascist?

The French presidential contender’s reliance on referenda suggests she is more of a Bonapartist.

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pose prior to taking part in a live televised debate on French TV channels TF1 and France 2 in Saint-Denis, France, on April 20.
Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pose prior to taking part in a live televised debate on French TV channels TF1 and France 2 in Saint-Denis, France, on April 20.

France Braces for High-Stakes Rematch Between Macron and Le Pen

For two weeks, the French president and the far-right leader have been vying for the left-wing vote—and it’s still up for grabs.

French far-right National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives to deliver a speech at a gathering with supporters as part of a campaign visit in Avignon, France, on April 14.
French far-right National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives to deliver a speech at a gathering with supporters as part of a campaign visit in Avignon, France, on April 14.

France’s Constitution Can’t Contain Marine Le Pen

By expanding executive power, previous presidents have primed the system for her abuse.

Marine Le Pen leaves the polling booth as she votes during the first round of France's presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France on April 10, 2022.
Marine Le Pen leaves the polling booth as she votes during the first round of France's presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France on April 10, 2022.

Why Marine Le Pen Always Loses

Her party is condemned to underperform—even if it finally wins.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic addresses the public in Belgrade, on Apr. 3.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic addresses the public in Belgrade, on Apr. 3.

Aleksandar Vucic’s Pyrrhic Victory

The Serbian president’s anti-Western propaganda is coming back to haunt him.

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