Europe

Greenland, where the U.S. plans to open a new consulate under Trump.

Trump Puts Down New Roots in Greenland

Will the new U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Arctic get a warm welcome?

Members of the Azov movement protest in front of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv on Oct. 28 holding a banner that says "Defense of Ukraine Is Not Terrorism!"

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.

Chinese candidate to head the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Qu Dongyu makes an address in Rome.

Our Top Weekend Reads

China’s growing influence in the U.N., protests around the world, and a far-right candidate flops in the Canadian election.

Union Jacks flap in the wind in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Oct. 23.

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.

Marine Le Pen answers questions in France.

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.

A Huawei Lego model on display at the 10th Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Zurich on Oct. 15.

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.

The Austrian writer Peter Handke poses in Chaville, in the suburbs of Paris, on Oct. 10, after he was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

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.

Protester hold a poster reading "the power, it's us. Give us a vote!" during a rally in Moscow.

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 woman walks past campaign posters for candidates of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Poland, on Oct. 9.

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.

European flags wave in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels on Jan. 14. (Michele Spatari/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the Austrian People’s Party, in Vienna.

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.

A British flag flies in front of the Big Ben clock tower in London.

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.

A worker walks in front of pipes stacked at the Nord Stream 2 facility in Sassnitz, Germany, on Oct. 19, 2017.

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.

Ukrainians mark the first anniversary of the Maidan Revolution

The Geopolitics of Ukraine’s ‘The’

Why three letters—and a Beatles song—trigger grammatical controversy, historical trauma, and existential crisis in Kyiv.

A protester with a sticker on his head reading "Vox Now" in reference to the Spanish far-right party Vox takes part in a demonstration in Madrid on Feb. 10.

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.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses conference in his keynote speech on September 24, 2019 in Brighton, England.

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.

Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg addresses politicians, media and guests with the Houses of Parliament on April 23, 2019 in London, England.

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.

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