Europe

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses NATO member on Sept. 1, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw, Poland.

Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire

Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.

This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflexion of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen.

The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance

The United States and Europe will regret letting Beijing win the race to govern digital technology.

German chancellor Angela Merkel talks to brigadier-general Ullrich Spannuth while watching a NATO tank unit at the military training area in Munster, northern Germany, on May 20, 2019.

Europe Is Ready for Its Own Army

As the United States retreats, the EU is shaping its own military.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following their talks on the sidelines of the MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow on Aug. 27.

Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle

In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.

An employee of GASCADE Gastransport GmbH walks among sections of steel pipe stacked ahead of construction of the Eugal natural gas pipeline at Rietzneuendorf-Staakow on August 29, 2018 near Golssen, Germany.

Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake

New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner.

A person is silhouetted behind the German national flag in Berlin on June 27, 2018.

Germany Isn’t Special

To pull its weight, it needs to start seeing itself as a normal country, subject to the same pressures as all its neighbors.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Kosovar President Hashim Thaci during a summit on the Balkans in Sofia, Bulgaria, on May 17, 2018.

U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy

Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a service for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul's Cathedral on March 7, 2012 in London, England.

Britain Can’t Afford the Queen’s Weakness Anymore

In times of crisis, political legitimacy inevitably depends on practical power.

US President Donald Trump clenches his fist as he stands in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Krasinski Square during the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017.

Poland’s Leaders Are the Better Trumps

The Polish government has cracked the code for making nationalist populism a lasting economic and electoral success.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears on television ahead of bilateral meetings at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25.

Shutting Down Parliament Is Worse Than a Coup. It’s a Mistake.

If Boris Johnson is hoping to pressure Europe to accept his preferred Brexit outcome, he has badly miscalculated.

An election campaign poster from the far-right Alernative fuer Deutschland (AfD) reads: "We are the people!" in Zehdenick in the federal state of Brandenburg, eastern Germany, on August 28, 2019, ahead of state elections.

Germany’s Far-Right Freedom Fighters

Eastern Germans increasingly claim to have freed themselves from communists, only to have been taken over by another dictatorship: western Germany.

Supporters waving flags during the inaugural AfD election rally in Brandenburg state elections on July 13, 2019 in Cottbus, Germany.

Germany’s Far-Right Is Creeping Ever Closer to Power

Extremists will triumph in this weekend’s regional elections—and Angela Merkel’s party is starting to see their appeal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

The G-7 Is Dead. Long Live Jackson Hole.

This year’s summit of the leading industrial nations will be the most dysfunctional ever. Do the world’s central banks have the firepower to save the global economy?

A protester dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to a giant 1 Euro coin during a demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin October 21, 2011, calling on Germany and France to spend more on alleviating poverty and protecting the environment, rather than on banks.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the launch of a missile during military exercises in the Barents Sea aboard the Pyotr Veliky nuclear missile cruiser on Aug. 17, 2005.

A Mysterious Explosion Took Place in Russia. What Really Happened?

Russia’s catastrophic test of a nuclear-powered missile proves that a new global arms race will mean new nuclear accidents.

A picture taken on October 24, 2010 and released on October 28, 2010 shows Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin posing at his office in the Russian capital.

Moscow’s Mayor Has Kissed Putin’s Ring

The leader of Russia’s capital was popular across the political spectrum—until the country’s most recent protests.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington on July 31.

Flying Blind With the Fed

The Fed chairman confirms that uncertainty over trade is slowing the global economy and no one knows quite what to do about it.

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