Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) attend a cabinet retreat on November 14, 2018 in Potsdam, Germany.

Ursula von der Leyen Isn’t Perfect, but She’s Better Than the Alternative

Opposing the compromise candidate for EU commission president will further empower populists and Euroskeptics.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt take part in the ITV debate on July 9 in Salford, England.

The Brexit Debate Never Ends

Plus: Japan and South Korea’s diplomatic dispute, Mexico’s new finance minister, and the other stories we’re following today.

French President Emmanuel Macron waits with British Prime Minister Theresa May for the U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran on September 26, 2018 in New York City.

What Can Europe Do About Iran?

Plus: Sudan’s final transition deal, Parliament’s plan to stop a no-deal Brexit, and what to watch in the world this week.

Head of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer poses with party member and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a party board meeting in Berlin on June 24, 2019.

Merkel’s Final Mistake Is Her Chosen Successor

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in line to take over as German chancellor—but there’s no telling if she’ll survive long enough to get the job.

An elderly couple sit in Setenil de las Bodegas near Cádiz on Dec. 2, 2018, during Andalusia's regional election.

Spain’s Formula to Live Forever

The country is set to boast the world’s longest life expectancy by 2040. What are the Spanish doing right?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde as she arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Christine Lagarde Won, but This Isn’t a Game

Europe is celebrating new leadership, but its central bank will have to confront problems that have no easy answers.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and government ministers react prior to the voting of the government resignation at the parliament in Kiev on Feb. 16, 2016.

The Death of Ukraine’s Liberals

Western-oriented reformers are about to get completely wiped out in parliamentary elections—and they have nobody to blame but themselves.

French President Emmanuel Macron during the first day of the European Union summit meeting in Brussels on June 20.

Emmanuel Macron, Part Deux

He’s relaunched his presidency for its second half. But is the makeover in style or substance?

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talk to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House on April 4.

Will China and the U.S. Resume Talks?

Plus: Iran's continuing war of words, Hong Kong activists eye G20 summit, and the other stories we’re following today.

Conservative MP and Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 19, 2019.

This Is No Way to Pick a Prime Minister

Britain's process for replacing Theresa May is hard-fought, high-stakes—and completely undemocratic.

Chinese flags in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Secret Sources of Populism

It is a direct response to the West’s loss of prestige and authority. And it won’t be the last political trend sparked from the outside.

Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 13.

Here Comes Boris

Plus: Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi dies in court, the United States sends more troops to the Middle East, and the other stories we’re following today.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on June 14.

Iran in Retreat From Nuclear Deal

Plus: Hong Kong enters its second week of protest, Mexico begins its migration crackdown, and what to watch in the world this week.

Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again

The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.

Appointed Prime Minister Maia Sandu adress to the media at the Parliament headquarters in Chisinau city, Moldova, on June 10.

Moldova’s Governments Go Head to Head

One of Europe’s poorest countries plunges into crisis.

Protesters chant, "No extradition," as they rally against the controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9.

Hong Kong’s Last Stand

Plus: Mexico faces new pressure on immigration, Germany meets with Iran, and what to watch in the world this week.

A Sudanese protester outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019.

The World This Weekend

Chaos worsens in Sudan, Theresa May exits No. 10 Downing St., and the United States marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

A papier-mâché Theresa May is seen during a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Jan. 15.

How Brexit Was Radicalized

Euroskepticism was once the purview of policy wonks. The Leave campaign changed all that, and in doing so may have undermined Britain’s Conservative Party for a generation.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24 in London.

May Leaves, Brexit Remains

Plus: Hong Kong prepares for protest over mainland extradition, Ethiopia tries to mediate in Sudan, and the other stories we're following today.

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