European Union


A Most Lonely Union

The EU is a creature of multilateralism. Can it survive in a deglobalized world?

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his state of the nation address in Budapest on Feb. 18, 2018.

The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call

While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe

Hungary has used the pandemic to abandon its last vestiges of democracy—and to dare the EU to do anything about it.

North vs. South: The Netherlands competes against Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. The Netherlands, like Germany, is resisting Southern Europe’s calls for fiscal solidarity as the coronavirus causes economic chaos across the continent.

Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines

Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”

Workers at unload protective gear bound for Italy from an Austrian Airlines flight from China, at Vienna Airport on March 23, 2020.

How China is Exploiting the Coronavirus to Weaken Democracies

Beijing is using the pandemic to drive wedges between members of the European Union, and to advance its propaganda war against the United States.

Traffic in Beijing

Can Europe and the U.S. Follow China’s Lead on Economic Recovery?

China may be getting something close to a V-shaped bounceback from the coronavirus. The question is whether it can last—and whether the rest of the world can achieve anything like it.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Britain Drops Its Go-It-Alone Approach to Coronavirus

Johnson government admits its strategy of allowing the virus to spread and build up immunity was a failure but stops short of mandatory controls.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Trump’s Big Turnaround: Cash Payments Instead of a Payroll Tax Cut

Parsing the latest economic fixes to the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Coronavirus Is Reducing Merkel’s EU Legacy to Ashes

Preventing a total European meltdown will require the German chancellor to fully abandon her cherished vision for the continent.

Wall Street and other markets plunged again

Another Big Market Collapse Heightens Fears of Global Recession

Fed fails to avert panic over coronavirus impact with no concrete U.S. fiscal stimulus in the offing and little government handle on the outbreak.

A picture taken on Aug. 19, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia shows an Ebola information billboard.

What the West Can Learn From Africa’s Ebola Response

A poor country succeeded in fighting off Ebola. Wealthier countries should replicate Liberia’s strategy in combating the coronavirus.

Hospital employees wearing a protection mask and gear work at a temporary emergency structure at the Brescia hospital, Lombardy, on March 13.

The EU Is Abandoning Italy in Its Hour of Need

In a shameful abdication of responsibility, fellow countries in the European Union have failed to give medical assistance and supplies to Italy during an outbreak. China is filling the void.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban in a belated effort to contain the coronavirus whose outbreak is decimating the U.S. and global economies, Mar. 11, 2020.

Major Economies Face a ‘Sudden Stop’

Following Trump's European travel ban, Dow plunges 10 percent in the worst trading day since "Black Monday" 1987.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer

Trump Can’t Deport the Coronavirus

COVID-19 is as American as apple pie now—and people are more likely to catch the virus from their neighbors than from foreigners.

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