Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire
Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.
The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance
The United States and Europe will regret letting Beijing win the race to govern digital technology.
Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle
In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.
Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake
New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner.
Germany Isn’t Special
To pull its weight, it needs to start seeing itself as a normal country, subject to the same pressures as all its neighbors.
U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy
Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.
Britain Can’t Afford the Queen’s Weakness Anymore
In times of crisis, political legitimacy inevitably depends on practical power.
Poland’s Leaders Are the Better Trumps
The Polish government has cracked the code for making nationalist populism a lasting economic and electoral success.
Shutting Down Parliament Is Worse Than a Coup. It’s a Mistake.
If Boris Johnson is hoping to pressure Europe to accept his preferred Brexit outcome, he has badly miscalculated.
Germany’s Far-Right Freedom Fighters
Eastern Germans increasingly claim to have freed themselves from communists, only to have been taken over by another dictatorship: western Germany.
Germany’s Far-Right Is Creeping Ever Closer to Power
Extremists will triumph in this weekend’s regional elections—and Angela Merkel’s party is starting to see their appeal.
The G-7 Is Dead. Long Live Jackson Hole.
This year’s summit of the leading industrial nations will be the most dysfunctional ever. Do the world’s central banks have the firepower to save the global economy?
Germany Is an Economic Masochist
Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.
A Mysterious Explosion Took Place in Russia. What Really Happened?
Russia’s catastrophic test of a nuclear-powered missile proves that a new global arms race will mean new nuclear accidents.
Moscow’s Mayor Has Kissed Putin’s Ring
The leader of Russia’s capital was popular across the political spectrum—until the country’s most recent protests.
Flying Blind With the Fed
The Fed chairman confirms that uncertainty over trade is slowing the global economy and no one knows quite what to do about it.