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Markus Söder of the Bavarian Christian Social Union and the new governor of Bavaria conducts a  brass band at the Bavarian state parliament on March 16, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

How Far Will Bavaria’s CSU Go to Fend Off Germany’s Far-Right?

Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union, is taking an extreme line on refugees and threatening to bring down her coalition.

French Economy  Minister Bruno Le Maire addresses a conference  on February 15, 2018 at the Economy Ministry in Paris.

OFAC Off

The European Union needs to defend its economic sovereignty from U.S. overreach. Creating its own agency for sanctions enforcement would be a start.

G-7 leaders participate in a working session in Quebec, Canada, on June 8. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States and Europe Still Need Each Other

In the run-up to the G-7 summit, Trump seemed to forget a key lesson from history.

The men waging Trump’s trade wars (from left): Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro, in the White House on March 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Steel Tariffs on Allies Complicate Bigger Problem: China

Angering Europe, Canada, and Mexico makes it harder to build a common front against Beijing’s trade abuses.

An activist protests in front of the European Union headquarters in Brussels, on May 22. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Disinformation Wars

The United States and Europe are ill-prepared for the coming wave of "deep fakes" that artificial intelligence could unleash.

A Ford factory in Kentucky on Oct. 27, 2017. Ford invested in factory upgrades to make all-new, heavier vehicles for a booming U.S. market. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Trump Dials Up the Trade War to 11

Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration could slap tariffs on autos from friends and allies. They’re not thrilled.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Governor and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer depart after speaking to the media on October 9, 2017 in Berlin.

In Europe, the Only Choice Is Right or Far-Right

As left-wing parties have collapsed, the sole option remaining for voters is conservatism or right-wing populism.

Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, and other leaders depart after posing for the group photo at the G7  summit on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Italy.

How Europe Can Block Trump

After Washington exits the Iran deal, U.S. secondary sanctions could harm European companies. EU leaders should retaliate by reviving a tool used successfully in the 1990s.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture on the balcony of the town hall of Aachen after Macron recieved the International Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images,)

RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018

The partnership with America had a long and fruitful life — but Europe is ready to start over.

An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran on May 8. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Fresh U.S. Sanctions Not Likely to Strangle Iran’s Oil Market

Trump walks away from the nuclear deal, but big Asian buyers are likely to keep snapping up Iranian crude.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani oversees an April 18 ceremony marking National Army Day in Tehran.

The North Korean Playbook Won’t Work With Iran

Hard-liners in Tehran and Washington are both drawing the wrong lessons from diplomacy with Pyongyang — and that could lead to war.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal while campaigning for president in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, 2015.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

What Happens if the U.S. Bows Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

By reimposing sanctions, Trump risks alienating Europe and freeing Iran to revive its nuclear program.

Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim is escorted by Czech police to his trial at the municipal court on February 27, 2018 in Prague.

Turkey’s War on Dissent Goes Global

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is abusing international law enforcement institutions to target its critics.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on April 27, 2018.  (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

The Unbearable Complacency of Angela Merkel

Germany's economy is far more vulnerable than it seems, but its government is completely uninterested in doing anything about it.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Berlin, Germany, on May 8, 2014.

Viktor Orban Is Just Getting Started

Hungary’s leader used fearmongering propaganda to win. As he entrenches his power, the country’s democratic backsliding will get even worse.

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