Trump Puts Down New Roots in Greenland
Will the new U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Arctic get a warm welcome?
U.S. Congress Accidentally Boosted Ukraine’s Far-Right
A member of Congress wrote to the State Department calling out Ukraine’s Azov movement as terrorists. It backfired.
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China’s growing influence in the U.N., protests around the world, and a far-right candidate flops in the Canadian election.
A Diminished Nation in Search of an Empire
Boris Johnson’s dreams of an Anglosphere to replace the European Union aren’t new. Ever since the end of colonialism, the United Kingdom has sought ways to revive its standing.
How Marine Le Pen Is Making a Comeback, One French Village at a Time
The former National Front has a new name and a new strategy: to pave the way to power by winning city hall after city hall.
Germany Chooses China Over the West
Berlin’s refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe’s prospects of standing up to Beijing.
Why Trolling Can Win You a Nobel Prize for Literature
Peter Handke’s greatest aesthetic strength is his biggest intellectual weakness: the absence of all political and psychological depth.
Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel
As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.
Here’s What Boris Johnson’s New Brexit Deal Would Mean for Britain and Ireland
Could Northern Ireland leave the U.K. altogether?
Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t
Under Trump, the relationship between the two populations has suffered. The next president should change that.
A Tale of Two Polands
The Law and Justice party is tapping into divides that have split the country for centuries—and will probably win this weekend’s elections because of it.
For Eastern Europe, Brussels Is the New Moscow
After upcoming elections in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, healing Europe’s east-west divide will be more urgent than ever.
If Sebastian Kurz Is Everything, He’s Nothing
The Austrian chancellor could become a star in an unprecedented coalition with the Green party—but that's not the sort of history he's interested in making.
Brexit Means Britain Needs a Constitution
British citizens will no longer be covered by EU law, and courts won’t have the power to protect minorities from the will of the parliamentary majority. Only a codified constitution can ensure basic rights.
With Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2, Putin Is Getting Ready to Put the Screws on Europe
The new pipeline won’t deliver energy security. It will make the EU more dependent on a capricious Russia.
The Geopolitics of Ukraine’s ‘The’
Why three letters—and a Beatles song—trigger grammatical controversy, historical trauma, and existential crisis in Kyiv.
Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions
The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.
The Labour Party Can’t Govern Itself, Much Less Britain
If you thought the Tories were a mess, you should have seen Labour's annual conference.
The Realpolitik of Greta Thunberg
Her global protest movement has impressed the world with its idealism—but more important are the ways it can steer practical politics.