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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Italian Lega party leader Matteo Salvini

Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite

Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels? 

The French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in Paris on Nov. 24, 1986.

It’s Time to Take Bernard-Henri Lévy Seriously

A close reading of the philosophical career, and influence, of France’s most ridiculed public intellectual.

People pray in the Great Mosque of Paris.

French Secularism Isn’t Illiberal

Letting culture wars drive debate about “laïcité” obscures similarities between France and the United States.

Boxes that, according to a U.N. report, were thought to contain assets of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi pictured at CIPDH's office in Accra, Ghana. Erik Goaied, a Tunisian businessman who was searching for Qaddafi's assets, claimed the boxes had been labeled with the logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross so as not to attract attention when they were transported out of Libya.

The Aid Organization That Wasn’t

Meet the Russian-led fake human rights group implicated in an international criminal caper.

A nurse shows a package of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a doctor’s surgery in Senftenberg, a town in southern Brandenburg, Germany, on March 3.

Once Again, Europe Is Sabotaging Its Own Vaccine Rollout

The decision to halt administration of AstraZeneca vaccines is unscientific, will derail the reopening, and could result in thousands of unnecessary deaths.

A campaign poster advocating for a ban on full-face coverings in Biberen, Switzerland, on March 7. The poster reads “Stop extremism!” in German.

Where Face Masks Are Required but Burqas Are Banned

Switzerland’s crackdown on Islamic symbols is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry across the political spectrum.

Viet Thanh Nguyen poses during a photo session in Paris on June 28, 2017.

In ‘The Committed,’ Revolution and Colonialism Turn Into Crime

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s sequel moves from the United States to France but stays revolutionary.

Protesters demonstrate against the so-called "anti-separatism" bill in Paris on Feb. 14.

Why Has France’s Islamist Separatism Bill Caused Such Controversy?

While the French far-right believes the bill could do more to fight extremism, the country’s Muslim population feels the legislation is unfairly targeting their community.

French troops in Algiers during the Algerian War

France Still Struggles With the Shadow of the ‘War Without a Name’

The brutal Algerian War killed hundreds of thousands of people—and deeply marks French politics and society to this day.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits an industrial development laboratory at French drugmaker's vaccine unit Sanofi Pasteur plant in Marcy-l'Etoile, near Lyon, central France, on June 16, 2020.

The Real Reason France Is Skeptical of Vaccines

The French public hasn’t stopped believing in science. They’ve stopped believing in the state.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) poses with French historian Benjamin Stora for the delivery of a report on the colonization and the Algerian War in Paris on Jan. 20.

Macron’s Algeria Report Isn’t Progress, It’s a Whitewash.

France lost the Algerian War but is still controlling the narrative about its history—while refusing to apologize or pay reparations. 

French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting at the Chateau of Chantilly, near Paris, on Aug. 22, 2019.

Why France Has a Much Better India Strategy Than America

France’s state-centered development model is a natural fit for the Indo-Pacific.

A MINUSCA soldier

Only Central Africans Can Save the Central African Republic

The international community can help rebuild the army and institutions, but its presence cannot be permanent.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 6, 2015.

French Ambassador: EU Working Toward ‘Common Action’ With Biden on Iran, COVID-19

But Philippe Etienne says France won’t surrender its dream of “strategic autonomy.”

The president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Why Did the Central African Republic Declare a State of Emergency?

The country’s postelection violence threatens a humanitarian catastrophe—and a continued standoff between Russia and France for influence in Central Africa.

Soldiers with the United Nations stabilization mission in Central African Republic patrol in PK12 district, south of downtown Bangui, Central African Republic, on Jan. 13.

Outside Powers Are Making the Conflict in the Central African Republic Worse

Proxy wars pitting France and Chad against Russia and Rwanda threaten to destabilize the entire region while subjecting Central Africans to more violence and instability.

France's President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech to unveil his strategy to promote French as part of the International Francophonie Day before members of the French Academy (Academie Francaise) and other guests at the French Institute on March 20, 2018 in Paris.

Macron Wants a French Empire Built on Language

Can France’s president redeem a language of colonialism to project global power today?

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