Europe

Vice-chairman of the Momentum party Anna Donath at a protest in downtown Budapest on Dec. 16, 2018. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)

Hungary Finally Has an Opposition Worth a Damn

The country’s youngest party has united the left and right against Viktor Orban.

From left, Rafik Bakhishov, Zafar Ahmadov, and Tofig Yagublu take part in a hunger strike at the headquarters of the opposition party Musavat in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Jan. 15. (Khadija Ismayilova)

Hunger Strike Gains Momentum in Azerbaijan

Seeing Baku as a strategic partner, the United States and Europe overlook rights violations.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the House of Commons towards the House of Lords in London on June 21, 2017. (Kristy Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s Officially Nobody in Charge of Britain

The United Kingdom is facing a generational crisis and adults are nowhere to be found in Parliament.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (from left) with U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May at NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 11, 2018. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Do That. Can He?

On NATO withdrawal and other issues, it turns out presidential powers are constrained by norms but not laws.

Chinese police officers watch a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province on March 8, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

As West Grows Wary, Chinese Investment Plummets

The trade war and new U.S. regulations aimed at China are major factors.

Protesters attend an anti-government demonstration in support of abortion rights in Warsaw on April 9, 2016.

Poland Is Trying to Make Abortion Dangerous, Illegal, and Impossible

Ireland voted to liberalize abortion laws. The far-right government in Warsaw is moving in the opposite direction.

Michel Houellebecq attends an art show on June 2, 2017, in Manhattan, New York. (Eduardo Munoz Alverez/AFP/Getty Images)

Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did

The latest novel by France’s most famous author cements his reputation as a prophet of populism.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address in Washington on Jan. 30, 2018. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy

Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.

Bertolt Brecht in 1937. (Fred Stein/Picture-Alliance/dpa/Associated Press)

Poetry for the Masses

1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May returns to 10 Downing Street in central London after making a statement following the announcement of a draft deal on post-Brexit trade ties with the EU on Nov. 22. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Drama on Downing Street

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on Brexit.

An equation written at a secondary school on Dec. 1, 2014 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Welfare State Is Committing Suicide by Artificial Intelligence

Denmark is using algorithms to deliver benefits to citizens—and undermining its own democracy in the process.

French President Emmanuel Macron at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul, on Oct. 27. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

France’s Existential Loneliness in Syria

Emmanuel Macron’s responsibilities in the Middle East’s biggest war are about to grow beyond his ability to fulfill them.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez (L) and Catalan regional president Joaquim Torra at the funeral of Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe in Barcelona on Oct. 8, 2018.

An Independent Catalonia Is Further Away Than Ever

New leadership in Madrid and Barcelona seemed to offer hope of a resolution to the Catalan secession crisis. But both sides are digging in rather than making compromises.

Prime Minister Theresa May s greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremonial welcome for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in London on Oct. 23, 2018. (Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Is Destroying Britain’s Constitution

Whatever the outcome, Brexit has triggered an irreversible collapse of Britain's political, legal, and social order.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves to delegates at a national conference of the CDU on Dec. 7, 2018 in Hamburg. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

The Next Merkel? Not Quite

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is like her mentor in style, but not in substance—and, for Germany, that will make all the difference.

Nikol Pashinyan casting his ballot during early parliamentary elections in Yerevan on Dec. 9, 2018. (Karen Minasayan/ AFP/Getty Images)

Armenia’s Revolution Will Not be Monopolized

An Armenian protest leader just secured the office of prime minister by a landslide—but, thanks to his own efforts, he’ll still face plenty of opposition.

British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street on Dec. 12, 2018 in London, England. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Dead May Walking

The British prime minister survived a no-confidence vote, but solved none of her problems.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a special address to the nation, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide 'yellow vest' (gilet jaune) protests, on December 10, 2018 in Paris. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Macron’s Destiny to Be Hated

The French president can make all the concessions he wants, but he can’t make the public like him.

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