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A protester walks in front of riot police making a heart gesture with his hands, one of the symbols used by the leading opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 9.

Meltdown in Minsk

Massive violence in the wake of Sunday’s sham election has thrown a spotlight on Belarus and the growing backlash to a quarter century of one-man rule.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to the start of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on July 18.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Beirut’s blast reopens old political wounds, why Europe must stand up for Belarus, and Colombian armed groups spread fear amid lockdown.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on the terrace, with a view of the television tower in the background during his visit to the chancellor's office on May 15, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

It’s a New Europe—if You Can Keep It

The continent has managed to take a great leap forward—but there still might be a crash landing.

Crowds gather for an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 6.

Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus

The crisis has come at the worst possible time, but red lines must be set.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks to the media to present the Bundeswehr's new volunteer service program on July 23, in Berlin.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country

Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.

The main gate of the United States European Command headquarters at the Patch Barracks.

‘It’s Hard to Be in Limbo,’ as COVID-19 Plays Havoc With Military Moves

It’s hard enough to make a permanent change of station overseas. Military families are finding it agonizing in a pandemic-torn world.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is swarmed by reporters as he leaves the Senate floor on July 30 in Washington. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate remain in a stalemate as the the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit is set to expire on Friday.

As Pandemic Rages, the United States Slashes an Economic Lifeline

Lockdowns and outbreaks have hit the poor hard—and governments worldwide are struggling.

A branch of the German bank Commerzbank

Trans-Atlantic Ties Should Put Finance, Not Security, First

Biden will need a progressive Europe policy for a post-Trump age.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a joint press conference at the end of the European summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on July 21.

Europe’s Faustian Union

The EU’s budget deal shows that the club has long given up on rule of law in its member states.

Protestor holds a Black Lives Matter sign in Italy

As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past

Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Undercuts Pentagon Over Germany Troop Withdrawal

U.S. defense officials, who said the move had nothing to do with German military spending, still appeared to be figuring out key details about the redeployment.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban poses before casting his vote for the European elections at a polling station in the XII. district of Hungarian capital Budapest, on May 26, 2019.

Viktor Orban Has Declared War on Mayors

Hungary’s prime minister has used the pandemic to drain power from one of the last sources of opposition to his rule.

Hundreds of thousands of historical artworks from Africa remain outside the continent, including (clockwise from top left): an Oduduwa helmet mask made of bronze from Benin City in Nigeria, housed at the British Museum in London; the “Royal Seat of the Kingdom of Dahomey” from Benin Republic, at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris; an ivory receptacle with figurative relief and stopper from the Loango coast, part of modern-day Republic of Congo, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; a Central African power figure from the coast of Congo and Angola, now at the Met; a Mbangu mask from southern Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, housed at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium; a head of a royal ancestor from the former Benin Kingdom, a part of modern-day Nigeria, displayed at the Quai Branly; and a carved ivory pendant mask of Queen Idia, inlaid with iron and bronze, from Benin Kingdom, now at the British Museum.

Is It Time to Repatriate Africa’s Looted Art?

Protests have strengthened calls for Western institutions to repatriate priceless cultural artifacts. Museums in Africa are ready to receive them.

Anne Hidalgo, the incumbent mayor of Paris and member of the French Socialist Party, celebrates after winning the second round of the French Municipal elections in Paris on June 28. Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

Is France’s Socialist Party Back From the Dead?

As Macron’s luster fades in local elections, Socialist leaders are planning a return to national politics—in alliance with the Greens.

A European Union flag flutters in front of a newly hung banner that reads “Coronavirus Global Response” in front of the European Commission building in Brussels on May 6.

Funding Unity in the EU

The union’s next budget and pandemic recovery fund could heal Europe’s divides—or make them worse.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Hungary’s Democracy Is Still Under Threat

Viktor Orban’s emergency rule by decree has ended for now, but the return to illiberal politics as usual incites fear and stifles dissent.

A supporter of Iceland cheers the Group C match between Iceland and Austria during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 at Sparta Stadion on July 26, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Misogynist Violence of Iceland’s Feminist Paradise

The world’s “best place to be a woman” is far more dangerous than its reputation suggests.

EU China Meeting

China Is NATO’s New Problem

The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.

A participant in a University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is injected

‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’ 

The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold. 

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