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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.

Marine Le Pen, the candidate for the far-right National Rally (then known as the National Front) in France's presidential election, gestures as she gives a speech during a campaign meeting.
Marine Le Pen, the candidate for the far-right National Rally (then known as the National Front) in France's presidential election, gestures as she gives a speech during a campaign meeting.

Le Pen’s Late Surge Could Be Another French Revolution

Emmanuel Macron was meant to cruise to victory. For the first time, the French far right has a real chance to win.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan  aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.

Does the New U.S. National Defense Strategy Make Any Sense?

The Pentagon is scrambling to deter China while adjusting to war in Europe—but does its new approach amount to more than just rhetoric?

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on as he visits Chanel's Metiers d'Art workshops at le 19M, the building which houses around 600 artisans, in Paris, on January 20, 2022.
French President Emmanuel Macron looks on as he visits Chanel's Metiers d'Art workshops at le 19M, the building which houses around 600 artisans, in Paris, on January 20, 2022.

Après Macron, Le Déluge

The French president's aloofness is a personal failing that could soon produce a historic catastrophe.

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