European Union

European flags wave in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels on Jan. 14. (Michele Spatari/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For Eastern Europe, Brussels Is the New Moscow

After upcoming elections in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, healing Europe’s east-west divide will be more urgent than ever.

A British flag flies in front of the Big Ben clock tower in London.

Brexit Means Britain Needs a Constitution

British citizens will no longer be covered by EU law, and courts won’t have the power to protect minorities from the will of the parliamentary majority. Only a codified constitution can ensure basic rights.

Workers at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

Does the World’s Longest Undersea Tunnel Have a China Problem?

A Chinese-financed project to connect the Estonian and Finnish capitals has hit a snag as Europe ponders how to deal with Beijing’s economic heft.

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The West Is Open for Dirty Business

The European Union and United States need a joint front against poisonous kleptocracy.

U.S. stock market indices plunged after weak manufacturing numbers and fears of a recession on Oct. 1.

Rumblings of Recession Get Louder

With U.S. manufacturing taking its worst hit since the Great Recession, signs of a global economic downturn are everywhere.

Ursula von der Leyen speaks to journalists during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on July 3.

The EU’s Compromise President May Have Just Conceded Too Much to Eastern Europe

Billed as a safe pair of hands, Ursula von der Leyen is about to find out that caution can only take her so far.

A Yemeni child looks out at buildings damaged in an air strike in the southern Yemeni city of Taiz on March 18, 2018.

Europe Is at War Over Arms Exports

The EU must start enforcing its export controls, or else risk making conflicts around the world even worse.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

Now-departed U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump at the White House on Aug. 20,

Bolton Is Gone, but Tensions With Iran Remain High

The departure of Trump’s hawkish national security advisor raised hopes in Washington, but a sudden thaw with Tehran is unlikely.

A man uses binoculars to view the border with Israel on Sept. 2 at the "Garden of Iran" Park, which was built by the Iranian government, in the southern Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras.

How to Make a Lasting Deal With Iran

Maximum pressure won’t make Tehran capitulate. Letting it enhance its conventional military capabilities could convince it to rein in proxies and curb its nuclear and missile programs.

The British Bill That Slows a Hasty Brexit

Parliament delivers a blow to Boris Johnson’s power grab.

German chancellor Angela Merkel talks to brigadier-general Ullrich Spannuth while watching a NATO tank unit at the military training area in Munster, northern Germany, on May 20, 2019.

Europe Is Ready for Its Own Army

As the United States retreats, the EU is shaping its own military.

Syria refugees walk after they crossed the Evros river, the natural boundary with Turkey in northeastern Greece, in the village of Pythio, on April 28, 2018.

Europe’s Fear of Refugees Is the Only Thing That Can Save Syria

Bashar al-Assad is on the verge of victory after massacring his population with Russian help. But the EU’s fear of yet another refugee influx could spur action to stop the carnage.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears on television ahead of bilateral meetings at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 31.

Israeli Energy Exports Won’t Make Europe More Pro-Israel

The natural gas discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean is so expensive to bring to market that it might never reach European consumers, let alone change the policies of EU governments.

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.

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