European Union

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, with his German counterpart, Peter Altmaier, discuss European Union industrial policy on Feb. 19. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Fearing Populism, France and Germany Flee Into the Past

Europe’s top economies are trying to take on China and the United States by resurrecting industrial policy. Brussels is not happy.

The Palais de Justice in Brussels in 1966. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The EU’s Buildings Are as Opaque as Its Bureaucracy

Brussels’ sprawling, confusing architecture matches the institution it houses.

Pro-Brexit activist Joseph Afrane demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Brussels Bets a Delay Until Halloween Will Spook Britons into Staying

With support for Brexit eroding, EU leaders hope the long postponement will kill the plan for good.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shake hands at a summit of 16 Central and Eastern European leaders looking to woo Chinese investment in Bucharest on Nov. 25, 2013. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

How China Blew Its Chance in Eastern Europe

Seven years on, the 16+1 project has largely flopped.

Seumas Milne, the Labour Party's executive director of strategy and communications, leaves the Labour party headquarterson September 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Corbyn’s Pet Stalinist

Seumas Milne loves the Soviet Union, hates the EU, and has the ear of a possible future prime minister.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House on March 15, 2018. (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

Trans-Atlantic Trade Is Headed Toward Disaster

Trump is mulling new auto tariffs that could send the global economy into a tailspin.

An EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017. (Oli Scharff/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Will Never, Ever End

Even if Britain’s opposing parties agree on a plan to leave the EU, national unity will be nowhere in sight.

Anti-Brexit activists demonstrate with a model of Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in London on April 1, 2019, as MPs debate alternative alternative options for Brexit

Britain’s Crisis Isn’t Constitutional. It’s Political.

A Remain Parliament is confronting a Brexit electorate—and none of the solutions on offer is likely to resolve the stalemate anytime soon.

Anti-Brexit activists demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, on March 28 (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

In or Out? In Brexit Finale, It’s No Longer Clear What Brits Want

Leavers say a revote would be undemocratic, but polls now put them in the minority.

Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova (C) waits for the first exit polls at her election headquarters during the first round of the presidential elections in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 16, 2019.

Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?

A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.

A campaign portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party Thierry Baudet is pictured next to alcool bottles during a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist on March 20, 2019. - Netherland's Prime Minister is set to lose his majority in parliament's upper house after FvD surged in today's provincial elections, according to an exit poll. (Photo by Bart Maat / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read BART MAAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of the Dutch Far-Right

Thierry Baudet once called politicians brain-dead. Now his upstart white nationalist movement has eclipsed Geert Wilders and won more Senate seats than the prime minister’s party.

An anti-Brexit Boris Johnson lookalike drapes himself over the hood of a car as he demonstrates outside parliament on Dec. 11, 2018 in London. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This Is What ‘Taking Back Control’ Looks Like

Brexiteers wanted the United Kingdom to control its own destiny. They got the opposite.

A pro-Brexit activist holds a placard outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20.

Why Europe Should Reject Theresa May’s Brexit Extension

If Britain remains in the European Union due to a botched Brexit, its demands for special treatment will end up wrecking the EU.

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard aboard the military vessel "Dondass" moored in Mariupol, the Sea of Azov port on Nov. 27, 2018, after three Ukrainian navy vessels were forcibly seized off the coast of Crimea by Russian forces.

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on March 13, ahead of a week of crucial votes on the future of Britain’s relationship with Europe. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Britain Looks Into the Trade Abyss

Many fear a go-it-alone future outside the EU portends economic eclipse.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.  (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU’s Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster

If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on Nov. 14, 2018 in London, England.

Theresa May’s Last Dash for a Deal

The British prime minister wins minor concessions in an 11th-hour effort to save Brexit—and her premiership.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the White House on Feb. 20. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Watching Sebastian Kurz

Austria’s young chancellor has become a major player in Europe. The White House has taken notice.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign-policy chief, in Munich on Feb. 7, 2015. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Doesn’t Even Agree on Assad Anymore

The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria’s dictator and help him rebuild his country.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the EU-League of Arab States summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Feb. 24, 2019. (Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Isn’t Realistic. It’s Weak.

The EU has committed to outsourcing its dirty work to authoritarians in the Middle East and Africa—and to confusing dependence for maturity.

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