Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?
Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.
Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower
The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?
France and the United States Are Making West Africa’s Security Situation Worse
France’s unilateralism and the United States’ wavering are destabilizing the Sahel—and creating an opening for Russia and China.
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An interview with Kosovo’s prime minister, how Myanmar can avoid a public health disaster in the conflict-torn state of Rakhine, and the case for reassessing Voltaire’s legacy.
Voltaire Spread Darkness, Not Enlightenment. France Should Stop Worshipping Him.
The celebrated philosopher was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. The recent removal of his statue in Paris was long overdue.
How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites
Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.
Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government
If the United States lets France take the lead, the Lebanese people will get more political paralysis, cosmetic reforms, and Hezbollah control of state institutions.
The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe
The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.
Is France’s Socialist Party Back From the Dead?
As Macron’s luster fades in local elections, Socialist leaders are planning a return to national politics—in alliance with the Greens.
Funding Unity in the EU
The union’s next budget and pandemic recovery fund could heal Europe’s divides—or make them worse.
France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now
The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.
U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa
The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.
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.
Russia Isn’t the Only One Getting Its Hands Dirty in Libya
The United Arab Emirates, backed by France, is helping to fuel continued bloodshed in the North African country.