European Union

Pro Brexit protesters demonstrate with placards outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster on December 10, 2018 in London, England. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

No Brexit, No Exit From Brexit, and Nobody’s in Charge

The United Kingdom is in a mess of its own creation, and there's no way out.

Demonstrators for and against Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on December 5, 2018.  (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexit Is Falling Apart — Slowly

Decisions in Europe and the U.K. make their separation less likely.

Conservative member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks to the media after submitting a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May  on November 15, 2018 in London.

Will the Tories Sacrifice Theresa May to Survive?

Britain’s prime minister is fighting a three-front battle to save her Brexit deal. Most of the party claims to support her, but the prospect of losing power to Jeremy Corbyn might motivate Conservatives to replace their leader.

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on November 16, 2018.

The Brexit Deal Won’t Destroy Britain

Theresa May’s proposed deal with the European Union won’t put Jeremy Corbyn in power, but it might cost the prime minister her job.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves to reporters as he and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (R) leave the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28, 2017.

When Fighting Domestic Terrorism, You Get What You Pay For

The Trump administration has gutted the budget for fighting far-right extremists, making it harder to stop attacks like the Pittsburgh massacre.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in a courtyard after the weekly government cabinet meeting in Berlin on Oct. 31.

Angela Merkel Failed

The German chancellor survived by avoiding politics whenever possible—and history won't judge her kindly for it.

Demonstrators wave a British flag with European Union stars and European Union flags as they take part in a march calling for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal, in central London on Oct. 20.

A Second Vote on Brexit Won’t Enhance Democracy. It Will Undermine It.

The elitist proponents of a “people’s vote” don’t care about the popular will. They only care about getting the outcome they want.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, right, speaks at a press conference following a cabinet meeting on the country's draft budget on Oct. 15. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

‘This Is an Existential Test of the Eurozone’

Economic historian Adam Tooze assesses the Italian crisis—and the prospects for a global collapse.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland, co-leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, arrive to speak on immigration and crime on September 18, 2017 in Berlin.

The Party Is Over

The mass political movements that once dominated Europe are fading fast—and the nationalist populists and upstart parties taking their place are here to stay.

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses students at the North Rhine-Westphalia technical university in Aachen, western Germany, on May 10. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Only Macron Can Save Europe, Says Macron

The French president’s interventions in European politics have only magnified his many flaws.

Demonstrators take part in the People's Vote march calling for a referendum on a final Brexit deal in central London on Oct. 20. (Nikilas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images)

Referendum Redux?

Two years after deciding to leave the European Union, many Brits want a second vote on Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) visit Belleek Pottery, on July 19, 2018 in St Belleek, Northern Ireland. (Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Democratic Unionist Party Isn’t Bluffing on Brexit. It’s Being ‘Thran.’

The small Northern Irish party that props up the British government has a history of belligerence and brinkmanship. But ultimately it will blink.

Bulgarians light candles during a vigil in memory of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova in the city of Ruse on Oct. 8. (Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff /AFP/Getty Images)

When Killing the Messenger Becomes the Norm

More journalists are assassinated than die in war zones.

An anti-Brexit campaigner stands outside Parliament in London with a placard that reads “Brexit: is it worth it?” on Oct. 9. (Tolga Akmen/Getty Images)

Don’t Believe Pundits’ Claims About the Cost of Brexit

Experts agree leaving the European Union will damage the British economy, but past performance should make them wary of offering outlandish assertions about an unknowable future.

The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Financial institutions and the governments that regulate them aren’t doing nearly enough to prevent money laundering.  

Far-right protesters in Poland hold an anti-EU banner during a demonstration in Warsaw on a Jul. 25, 2015. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s New Populism

Warsaw may be turning away from the European Union, but that doesn’t mean that it is turning toward Moscow instead.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looks back as she and other leaders depart at a summit of leaders of the European Union on September 20, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg

The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.

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