The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East
Russia’s war has opened up a vast strategic chasm within the European Union.
Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging
Berlin—along with Paris—may yet help Moscow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
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.
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.
The French-German Divide Is Back
Macron’s victory and Scholz’s wavering over Russia could shatter the momentary unity between Paris and Berlin.
Is Marine Le Pen a Fascist?
The French presidential contender’s reliance on referenda suggests she is more of a Bonapartist.
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.
France’s Constitution Can’t Contain Marine Le Pen
By expanding executive power, previous presidents have primed the system for her abuse.
The French Right Is Obsessed With Fighting Wokeness
An imported culture war is playing a major role in the presidential election.
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.
The Malaise Poisoning French Politics
There’s a word for the anger and disappointment French voters are feeling: “seum.”
France Can’t Erase Algeria From Its History
Europe’s past isn’t as white as right-wing politicians pretend.
Macron’s Vision for European Autonomy Crashed and Burned in Ukraine
A grand intellectual edifice has collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions.
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.
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?
Après Macron, Le Déluge
The French president's aloofness is a personal failing that could soon produce a historic catastrophe.