European Union

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask with the logo of Germany’s EU presidency as she leaves the German Federal Council after a speech in Berlin on July 3.

Angela Merkel Is Back

As Germany takes over the EU presidency, the country’s chancellor has an opportunity to tackle some unfinished business.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brussels on June 22.

How Europe Fell Out of Love With China

EU officials speak increasingly of Beijing as a rival, not a partner. But unlike Trump, they don’t yet want a divorce.

(From L) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference in Paris on March 26, 2019.

Europe Must Stand Up to China Before It’s Too Late

The EU must defend its values rather than caving to economic pressure from Beijing.

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell, who slammed U.S. pretensions to still have a voice in the fate of the Iran deal, speaks to reporters in Brussels on June 9.

Trump Rushes to Kill Off Iran Nuclear Deal Before Election

Washington is seeking to extend a U.N. arms embargo that would eliminate any hope of revival.

European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier slams Britain for “backtracking” on its commitments after another fruitless round of talks, at a press conference in Brussels on June 5.

No-Deal Brexit Looks Likelier Than Ever After the Pandemic

The U.K. and EU still find themselves far apart on crucial issues—with time running out.

Police officers push back protesters decrying police brutality near the White House

U.S. Allies Look on in Dismay While U.S. Rivals Rejoice

Trump’s failure to convene a G-7 meeting is only the latest blow to America’s crumbling prestige in the face of nationwide unrest.

A portrait of Charles-Alexandre de Calonne (1734-1802), French politician and economist.

Forget Hamilton. This Is Europe’s Calonne Moment.

The EU is still muddling through its post-pandemic recovery—and 18th-century history suggests that disaster could await.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who is leading the charge to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization, speaks to the press at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 30.

U.S. Effort to Depart WTO Gathers Momentum

Both political parties are demonizing the world trade body, but many experts warn that such a move could seriously set back U.S. power and prestige.

Milos Zeman and Xi Jinping

No, China Has Not Bought Central and Eastern Europe

While some Central and Eastern European governments have taken pro-Beijing positions, their considerations are far more domestic than international.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with a toy wind wheel during the opening of the Arkona wind park in Sassnitz, northern Germany, on April 16, 2019.

Has the Coronavirus Disappeared Climate Politics?

Europe’s pandemic bailouts are trying to save the continent’s economy. Less clear is if they can save the planet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?

In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.

Ukraine Prisoner Swap Protests

Which Way Will Ukraine Swing?

A year after Zelensky’s election, mixed messaging on the country’s relationships with Russia and Europe is raising eyebrows internationally.

Christine Lagarde, then-director of the International Monetary Fund, speaks with Jerome Powell, the chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during the family picture of the G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Buenos Aires on July 21, 2018.

The Death of the Central Bank Myth

For decades, monetary policy has been treated as technical, not political. The pandemic has ended that illusion forever.

A hair salon reopens in Spain during the coronavirus pandemic

Sorry, Americans, You Haven’t Even Had a Real Lockdown Yet

Here in Spain, even easing measures leaves them stricter than in most of the United States.

Vulnerable families receive food in Nairobi.

It’s Time to Help Africa Fight the Virus

The continent is ripe for a public health disaster, and Western powers must step in to prevent another global catastrophe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to address a press conference in Berlin on April 23 after taking part in a video conference with EU leaders.

Forget Washington and Beijing. These Days Global Leadership Comes From Berlin.

People love to hate Germany—but the country is doing far more than most nations to help its European neighbors fight the coronavirus.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves following a meeting during the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on Feb. 21.

Why Populists Want a Multipolar World

Aspiring authoritarians are sick of the liberal order and eager for new patrons in Russia and China.

People wait in line as a food bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry in San Francisco on April 20, amid historic work furloughs and layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A Tale of Two Rescue Plans

The United States suffers record unemployment while Europe fares better in battling the coronavirus shutdown.

A drawing by Augustus Tholey depicting leaders of the Continental Congress in 1775 (from left): John Adams, Robert Morris, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson.

Europe Needs an Alexander Hamilton, Not More Budget Hawks

Without mutual debt in the form of Eurobonds, the continent’s economic crisis will get worse, Euroskepticism will increase, and the EU could fall apart.

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