Italy’s Great Schism
Italian Catholics are deeply divided between traditionalists and supporters of Pope Francis’s liberal vision. Matteo Salvini is seeking to give the Vatican’s detractors a new political home.
Donald Trump and the War for Polish History
The Law and Justice party is trying to reframe the fight against the Nazis and communism—and the U.S. president is a useful pawn.
There’s No End in Sight for Matteo Salvini’s War on Migrants
Italy’s interior minister has already passed draconian laws to stop humanitarian rescue ships. If he manages to become prime minister, it will only get worse.
It Isn’t Too Late to Save the Brazilian Rainforest
Working with Brazil’s agricultural businesses could be the key to a healthier Amazon.
Can Dominic Cummings Banish Nativist Populism From U.K. Politics?
Boris Johnson's Brexit guru masterminded the Vote Leave campaign, but he despises Nigel Farage and sees a quick Brexit as the best recipe for neutralizing the far-right.
Brazilian Organized Crime Is All Grown Up
And now Bolsonaro’s iron-fisted approach risks worsening the problem.
Can Giorgia Meloni Become Italy’s Marine Le Pen?
Italy’s next far-right superstar wants to keep migrants out while welcoming members of the Mussolini family into her party. If Italy holds early elections, she may become a key member of the next government.
Europe Must Not Allow Enemies of Democracy to Choose the Next EU Commissioner
The illiberal leaders of Hungary and Poland falsely claim Frans Timmermans would divide Europe. What they really fear is his commitment to the rule of law.
Papa, Don’t Preach
Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.
Duda’s Ego Trip
The Polish president will try to convince Trump to send U.S. troops to his country. Congress should push Trump to resist.
Did the Left Really Win in Denmark?
The Social Democrats are poised to lead the next government, but after adopting the far-right’s anti-immigration agenda the party isn’t what it used to be.
Poland’s Government Is Systematically Silencing Opposition Voices
Adam Michnik was a hero of the anti-communist struggle. Now his renowned newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, is under attack from a ruling party that refuses to tolerate dissent.
Jihadis Go to Jail, White Supremacists Go Free
Western governments are guilty of a double standard when it comes to policing digital hate culture. If they want to prevent the next attack, they need to recognize the threat of online white supremacists and act to stop them.
Pablo Casado Was Meant to Save Spain’s Center-Right. He Destroyed It.
Spain’s conservatives lost more than half their seats in parliament by trying to outbid the far-right.
Spain’s Vox Party Hates Muslims—Except the Ones Who Fund It
The upstart far-right party is unapologetically Islamophobic, but without donations from Iranian exiles, it may have never gotten off the ground.
Inside Spain’s Electoral Hothouse
The country’s agricultural heartland prepares for a possible Vox victory.
There’s One Far-Right Movement That Hates the Kremlin
Ukraine’s Azov movement is hostile to Russia, friendly to neo-Nazis, and inspired by France’s new right. It’s not running in Ukraine’s presidential elections because it plans to win power by playing a long game.
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.
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.