Europe

The Wall of Dolls, a memorial to the victims of femicide in Italy

The Victims Femicide Leaves Behind

Italy is one of the only countries with a law to provide for those orphaned by femicide—and it could serve as a model for the rest of Europe.

An anti-immigration protest in Poland

Deporting Muslim Immigrants Won’t Make Poland Safer

The right-wing government in Warsaw has weaponized a 2016 anti-terrorism law to ruthlessly pursue suspected foreign terrorists while ignoring homegrown threats.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wears a protective face covering as he arrives at the BBC in central London on Oct. 4.

Deal or No Deal Is No Longer the Point

The United Kingdom is heading for a “hard Brexit” no matter what. Here’s why—and what it means for the country’s economy.

Marine Le Pen shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after their meeting at the Elysée palace in Paris, on Nov. 21, 2017.

Macron’s Not Worried About Islam. He’s Worried About Le Pen.

The French president’s talk of a crisis among French Muslims is the latest example of mainstream politicians pandering to the far-right.  

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a trip on the theme of the republican reconquest and the fight against Islamist separatism at the Dollar gymnasium in Mulhouse, eastern France, on Feb. 18, 2020.

Macron Wants to Start an Islamic Revolution

The French president is planning to curb the influence of extremist clerics—but his critics see something more sinister.

Brothers Fred and Hugo Svenleen of Sweden enjoy an ice cream during the 31st annual Twins Day Festival 05 August, 2006, in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Sweden and the World-Historical Power of Conformity

From socialism to the coronavirus, a unified theory for why everyone thinks Swedes have all the answers.

A sunflower lies on a table at the venue of the electoral party of German green party Buendnis 90 Die Gruenen in Berlin, on Sept. 23, 2013.

Can Europe’s Green Parties Learn to Love Power?

Austria offers a dispiriting preview of the future of progressive politics.

Carved ivory polyhedra by Egidius Lobenigk (left) and Georg Wecker from the 16th century, part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden collection in Germany.

A World in Counterfeit

After they mastered their territories, rulers wanted to master crafts, too.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the 2019 International Women of Courage awards ceremony.

State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist’s Award for Criticizing Trump

An inspector general’s report concludes that State officials nixed a high-profile award out of fear of offending higher-ups—then lied about it.

Tourists wearing protective face masks visit the Louvre in Paris on Aug. 6 after the lifting of some coronavirus  restrictions.

Why Europe Wins

Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.

People wave national and European flags during a post-election rally in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Sept. 6

Montenegro Is the Latest Domino to Fall Toward Russia

After parliamentary elections, a pro-West government is out. Europe and the United States should take note.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for a debate on the future of Europe during a plenary session  at the European Parliament on June 13, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France.

The Dutch Don’t Love Europe—and Never Did

The world has been surprised by the Netherlands’ growing hardline record in Brussels. It shouldn’t be.

French President Emmanuel Macron gets off a plane as he arrives at Baghdad airport, on Sept. 2, 2020.

Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

This pictures shows the Yavuz drillship seen from the Karpaz coast of the northern part of Cyprus, the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) close to Apostolos Andreas monastery on July 21, 2019.

No Gas, No War in the Mediterranean

Border tensions among Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus are about to boil over—but there’s a simple solution.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows at the end of a news conference in Brussels on July 21.

The Pandemic Is Showing What the EU Is Good For

No longer sclerotic, Europe’s economy is bouncing back much faster than the United States’.

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