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Stock trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Market response to the coronavirus, China deflecting blame, and the dawn of post-democratic Europe.

Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

America Is Having an Unemployment Apocalypse. Europe Chose Not to.

A transatlantic chasm has opened up on pandemic labor policy. We’ll soon know which side got it right.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe

Hungary has used the pandemic to abandon its last vestiges of democracy—and to dare the EU to do anything about it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a virtual meeting with regional officials.

Beware of Bad Samaritans

China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.

People gather for a drink at a pub in central Stockholm

Sweden Is Open for Business During Its Coronavirus Outbreak

The Scandinavian country believes its distinctive high-trust culture will protect it from needing to shut down for the pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo steps off a plane in Kyiv, Ukraine.

U.S. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus

Request undercuts Trump’s claim that the U.S. has enough tests and medical equipment.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan.

China Casts Itself as Global Savior While U.S. and EU Focus on Virus at Home

As Western countries battle with their own domestic epidemic, a newly stabilized China seizes a chance to portray itself as the emerging superpower. Will it work?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Coronavirus Is Reducing Merkel’s EU Legacy to Ashes

Preventing a total European meltdown will require the German chancellor to fully abandon her cherished vision for the continent.

Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Joe Biden Isn’t a Liberal or a Moderate. He’s a Christian Democrat.

The Democratic front-runner’s ideology has less to do with Obama or the Clintons than a distinct style of European conservatism.

German Chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel chats with her colleague Armin Laschet, governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, at a meeting of the CDU leadership on Nov. 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

You May Miss Merkel More Than You Think

The lame-duck German chancellor has become a problem for the world. The frontrunner to take over will probably be even worse.

Riot police clashes with migrants outside of a refugee camp in Diavata, a west suburb of Thessaloniki on April 4, 2019.

Europe’s Morality Is Dying at the Greek Border

The EU refused to prepare for a predictable rekindling of the migration crisis—and is now responding with deadly force.

Syrians displaced by the war gather in Idlib

Turkey Is Forcing the West to Look at Idlib

Ankara’s cynical border move gives the European Union the opportunity to redress its past mistakes in Syria.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

Vucic: Most Serbs Prefer a ‘Frozen Conflict’ with Kosovo

But the Serbian president says “we need more talks” with the former province, which insists that Belgrade recognize its independence.

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova arrives for a welcome ceremony by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin on Aug. 21, 2019.

The End of Eastern Europe’s Great Liberal Hope

Slovakia’s progressive president was supposed to spur a regional revival of liberalism—now her party has even failed to qualify for parliament. What went wrong?

Marian Kotleba, the leader of the right nationalist People's Party-Our Slovakia, walks to his seat during the introduction of delegates to the parliament in Bratislava on March 11, 2016.

Marian Kotleba Wants to Make Slovakia Fascist Again

A party of right-wing extremists is trying to ride a wave of youth support to reshape Slovakia’s government.

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