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Scholz and Macron in Berlin
Scholz and Macron in Berlin

Scholz and Macron Have a Perilous Ambition for Europe

The idea of “European strategic autonomy” just won’t go away.

France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.
France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.

Why Macron’s European Policy Keeps Failing

The French president has good ideas—but his approach to the EU is vague, unilateral, and self-serving.

This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.
This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.

Militarizing the Sahel Won’t Make Europe More Secure

The EU’s obsession with security in the Sahel is a reflection of its own anxieties—and a betrayal of its values.

Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye
Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye

The Education of Pap Ndiaye

A quiet academic becomes a lightning rod in France’s culture wars.

Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin
Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin

The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East

Russia’s war has opened up a vast strategic chasm within the European Union.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin.

Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging

Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Jan. 19, 2020.
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Jan. 19, 2020.

There’s a Method to Macron’s Madness

The French president wants to leave room for talks and carve out a bigger role for France.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Russia’s War Has Created a Power Vacuum in Europe

Moscow’s war and Berlin’s morally bankrupt response to it leave Europe without a leader.

Scholz and Putin stand at podiums next to one another.
Scholz and Putin stand at podiums next to one another.

The French-German Divide Is Back

Macron’s victory and Scholz’s wavering over Russia could shatter the momentary unity between Paris and Berlin.

French presidential election candidate for the far-right then-National Front party Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Hénin-Beaumont, France, on April 23, 2017.
French presidential election candidate for the far-right then-National Front party Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Hénin-Beaumont, France, on April 23, 2017.

Is Marine Le Pen a Fascist?

The French presidential contender’s reliance on referenda suggests she is more of a Bonapartist.

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pose prior to taking part in a live televised debate on French TV channels TF1 and France 2 in Saint-Denis, France, on April 20.
Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pose prior to taking part in a live televised debate on French TV channels TF1 and France 2 in Saint-Denis, France, on April 20.

France Braces for High-Stakes Rematch Between Macron and Le Pen

For two weeks, the French president and the far-right leader have been vying for the left-wing vote—and it’s still up for grabs.

French far-right National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives to deliver a speech at a gathering with supporters as part of a campaign visit in Avignon, France, on April 14.
French far-right National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives to deliver a speech at a gathering with supporters as part of a campaign visit in Avignon, France, on April 14.

France’s Constitution Can’t Contain Marine Le Pen

By expanding executive power, previous presidents have primed the system for her abuse.

Marine Le Pen leaves the polling booth as she votes during the first round of France's presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France on April 10, 2022.
Marine Le Pen leaves the polling booth as she votes during the first round of France's presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France on April 10, 2022.

Why Marine Le Pen Always Loses

Her party is condemned to underperform—even if it finally wins.

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, of France's far-right Rassemblement National party, takes part in the evening news broadcast of French TV channel TF1 on April 12.
Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, of France's far-right Rassemblement National party, takes part in the evening news broadcast of French TV channel TF1 on April 12.

The French Right Is Obsessed With Fighting Wokeness

An imported culture war is playing a major role in the presidential election.

Author Michel Houellebecq smokes.
Author Michel Houellebecq smokes.

The Punk-Prophet Philosophy of Michel Houellebecq

The success of France’s most famous novelist has less to do with art and knowledge than anxiety and rock ’n’ roll.

An illustration of the French word "seum" reflected in a woman's sunglasses as her lip curls.
An illustration of the French word "seum" reflected in a woman's sunglasses as her lip curls.

The Malaise Poisoning French Politics

There’s a word for the anger and disappointment French voters are feeling: “seum.”

A black-and-white photo of men marching on a boulevard with the sign "PAIX EN ALGERIE."
A black-and-white photo of men marching on a boulevard with the sign "PAIX EN ALGERIE."

France Can’t Erase Algeria From Its History

Europe’s past isn’t as white as right-wing politicians pretend.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 7.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 7.

Macron’s Vision for European Autonomy Crashed and Burned in Ukraine

A grand intellectual edifice has collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions.

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