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.
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.
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.
Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus
The crisis has come at the worst possible time, but red lines must be set.
Ask What You Can Do for Your Country
Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.
‘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.
As Pandemic Rages, the United States Slashes an Economic Lifeline
Lockdowns and outbreaks have hit the poor hard—and governments worldwide are struggling.
Trans-Atlantic Ties Should Put Finance, Not Security, First
Biden will need a progressive Europe policy for a post-Trump age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funding Unity in the EU
The union’s next budget and pandemic recovery fund could heal Europe’s divides—or make them worse.
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.
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.
China Is NATO’s New Problem
The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.
‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’
The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold.