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Protesters including Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable  and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas take part in the Put It To The People March on Whitehall on March 23 in London.

Boris Johnson Needs a Second Referendum to Stay in Power

A general election in the wake of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is too great a risk. For a man who has always wanted to occupy No. 10 Downing St., a three-way referendum is the safest way to prolong his premiership.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) greets members of the public on a walkabout with Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (2nd from right) and members of West Midlands Police in Birmingham, England on July 26.

Boris Johnson Doesn’t Want a No-Deal Brexit. He Wants to Win an Election.

The British prime minister’s tough talk is designed to provoke Remainers into blocking Brexit—and give him a villain to blame during an election campaign.

Cows stand under a sign for a disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs office outside Dundalk, Ireland on Nov. 14, 2018 near the Northern Irish border.

Don’t Blame Boris for the Brexit Backstop Impasse

Britain’s Conservatives and their Democratic Unionist Party allies aren’t the only obstacles to a deal. The EU and the Irish government are also being needlessly stubborn.

British Trade Secretary Liz Truss arrives at No. 10 Downing St. for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25.

Capitol Hill Could Imperil Any New U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal

Despite Trump’s eagerness to help a post-Brexit Britain, plenty of obstacles stand in the way—and not just the usual suspects.

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (L) speaks as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Noble Energy's Vice President for Major Projects George Hatfield (R) stand by during the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles west of the Israeli city of Haifa, on January 31.

Will an Israeli Energy Boom Make the EU Pro-Israel?

Future dependency on Israeli natural gas could change the political equation for many European countries that are currently critical of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G-20 summit in Japan on June 29.

Why Is Trump Seeing Red Over France’s ‘Google Tax’?

French unilateral efforts to fix loopholes in global tax rules are adding fuel to the trans-Atlantic trade spat.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker  Stena Impero, with 23 crew members aboard, off the port of Bandar Abbas on July 21, after they seized it in the Strait of Hormuz.

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Have Your Back

Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo have made it clear that the United States is no longer committed to protecting Europe. The need for a viable pan-European defense force has never been greater.

A climate change protester walks near Parliament in London on Dec. 8, 2007.

Europe Should Bide Its Time on Climate Change

Ursula von der Leyen put forth an ambitious agenda to cut emissions, but the time may not be right for her plans.

A trompe l’oeil shows two workers painting the European Union flag on the side of a building in Paris on May 23.

Europe Is Back

Long deemed strategically irrelevant by the United States, the EU is poised to become a major geopolitical power. Washington should take note.

Ursula von der Leyen speaks at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on July 16.

Ursula von der Leyen’s Big Promises for Europe

A transcript of the nominee’s remarks at the European Parliament plenary session.

Pedro Sánchez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), holds a meeting with the leader of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on May 7.

Here’s How to Finally Solve Spain’s Governmental Standstill

A coalition between Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists and Albert Rivera’s Ciudadanos could prevent a fourth election in as many years—but voters are unlikely to buy it.

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.

From left, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018.

How Europe Can Save What’s Left of the Iran Nuclear Deal

With the help of Russia and China, European leaders can prevent the total collapse of the 2015 agreement—and keep the region safer.

Members of the U.S. Army park an M1 Abrams tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial on July 3 ahead of the Fourth of July "Salute to America" celebration.

The World This Weekend

Trump’s Washington celebrates a militaristic Fourth of July, protests surge in Hong Kong, and the European Union chooses new leadership.

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