Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron runs to greet people, after the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2018. (PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Slow Down, Emmanuel Macron!

The French president is looking toward the future—but his country feels left behind.

Activists protest during an anti-corruption rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Oct. 22, 2017. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Corrupt Shall Inherit Ukraine

In a country where even the anti-corruption prosecutors abuse their power, it's hard to say who the good guys are.

Italys Interior Minister and deputy PM Matteo Salvini (R) and Italys Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio gesture during the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Quirinale Palace in Rome on June 1, 2018. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Been 25 Years Since Anyone in Italy Trusted the Government

Italian populism is still fueled by corruption scandals that are over two decades old.

A statue of King Augustus the Strong in Dresden, Germany. (Via Getty Images)

East Germany’s Far-Right Problem Is 300 Years Old

There are deep—very deep—historical reasons why far-right resentment has flourished in eastern Germany.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on February 14, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

The Catholic Church Is a Dysfunctional Workplace

The ferocity of the Vatican’s civil war has less to do with theology or justice than petty office politics.

Kosovo-Albanian waves an Albanian and a American flag when he ride a horse during the celebration of Kosovo's expected declaration of independence on February 16, 2008 in  Pristina, Kosov. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

How to Restart War in the Balkans

The Trump administration will regret looking for simple solutions to Eastern Europe's territorial disputes.

French president Emmanuel Macron (L) poses for photographs with Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot on June 20, 2018 during a visit to Cap Frehel in Plevenon, western France. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron’s Celebrity Apprentice Is a Nightmare

Nicolas Hulot is a combination of Donald Trump and Al Gore—and the French president will regret ever putting him in his Cabinet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolev (L) watch a terrestrial globe while visiting Russia's Navy Headquarters during Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

The Kremlin understands that the best way to undermine the West is through its soft underbelly—the Middle East.

Sahra Wagenknecht, top candidate of the Left party (Die Linke) and her husband  Oskar Lafontaine arrive for an election party night on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. (JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn Doesn’t Translate Into German

A new movement wants to revolutionize Germany’s left-of-center politics—but the country’s voters won't follow in British and French footsteps.

Belarus' crew on a T-72B3 battle tank competes in a final relay race of the tank biathlon competition at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

The International Army Games Are Decadent and Depraved

What attending a tank biathlon outside of Moscow taught me about contemporary Russia.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for their meeting in Helsinki on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Want Classified Documents on Trump’s Meeting with Putin

Top Democrats still worry the president is hiding commitments he gave the Russian leader.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a news conference in Brussels on March 22. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Europe’s Donald Can Fight Dirty, Too

Donald Tusk is the mild-mannered president of a quiet EU institution—and the West’s loudest voice against populism.

Gen. Charles de Gaulle leads a triumphant procession down Champs-Élysées as part of the celebration of the liberation of Paris. To the right of de Gaulle is Gen. Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, commander of the French Armored Division. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The European Union Needs Its Own Charles de Gaulle

There’s nothing wrong with today’s EU that France’s legendary 20th-century leader didn’t see coming—and didn’t try to fix when he had the chance.

An engraving at the French National Library shows the ratification of the Peace of Westphalia in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 16, 1650. (Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Meet the Middle East’s Peace of Westphalia Re-enactors

Can a series of far-flung, high-level conferences bring peace to the Middle East by applying lessons from 17th-century Europe?

Bosnian Serb supporters of leftist parties hold up images of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a rally in support of the government in Banja Luka on May 14, 2016. (Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Building a Bosnian Paramilitary Force

With elections approaching in October, Russia has ramped up its support for Bosnia's Serb separatists.

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest next to rescue members aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation, early morning on November 5, 2016 off the coast of Libya. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Has Criminalized Humanitarianism

As charity workers get arrested for saving drowning migrants, Europeans are reckoning with the widening gap between their politics and morality.

A preserved human specimen plays chess at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany on Nov. 16, 2006. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Trump Is Losing His Own 3D Chess Game

Trade is a complex global system. The White House has misidentified the problem—and created much bigger ones.

Simone Weil's pass, when she worked for the French resistance. (Photo12/UIG via Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

France’s Far-Right Claims a Left-Anarchist Martyr as Its Own

Why French conservatives' new favorite philosopher is Simone Weil.

People make the fascist salute at La Basilica The Valley of Fallen in San Lorenzo del Escorial near Madrid on July 15, 2018, as they protest against the removal of Franco's remains from The Valley of Fallen. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Spain’s Dictator Is Dead, but the Debate About Him Lives On

Francisco Franco ran Spain with an iron fist for decades—and created myths about his rule that are only now starting to come undone.

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