Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?
Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.
Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany’s Anti-Immigrant Party
The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren’t native Germans but migrants from Russia.
The Words That Explained the World in 2019
A look at terms from India and El Salvador to South Korea and Ukraine.
Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters
Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.
Germany’s OK Boomer Moment
Millennials on the left and right are getting tired of their country’s politics of centrism—and trouble in the governing coalition shows it.
How to Say Emmanuel Macron in German
Robert Habeck established himself outside major parties, has sweeping plans for Europe’s future—and is getting ever closer to taking power in Berlin.
NATO Defense Funds Have Been Building for Years, but Trump Wants the Credit
Renewed defense spending by European states is in part a response to Russian aggression.
How Europe’s Nationalists Became Internationalists
Many European far-right parties made their mark by railing against the EU. Now they are appealing to a pan-European identity to further their goal of a racially pure, white Christian continent.
Europe’s Backlash Against Huawei Has Arrived
Resistance to Chinese technology is growing in Germany—and the ripple effects could reach across the continent.
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Impeachment drama on full display in Washington, fallout of the U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements, and the legacy of Bolivian President Evo Morales.
The Kaiser’s Family Wants Its Stuff Back. Germany Isn’t Sure They Deserve It.
The former royal family lost countless artworks, palaces, and wealth in the 20th century. But were they victims—or enablers of the Nazis?
We Weren’t Ready for a World Without Walls
The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago was a giddy moment, but the subsequent rush to tear down walls everywhere has yielded a global system in which bad actors are no longer held accountable.
Don’t Call Donald Trump a Fascist
What it means to brand today’s right-wing leaders with the F-word—and why you probably shouldn’t.
Germany Chooses Economic Nostalgia Over Saving the Planet
Central bankers are recognizing they have the power and responsibility to fight climate change. The Bundesbank would rather not.
Germany Chooses China Over the West
Berlin’s refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe’s prospects of standing up to Beijing.
Why Poland’s Populists Keep Winning
PiS won by offering provincial voters social benefits that transformed their lives. If Poland’s opposition wants to defeat the illiberal ruling party, it will have to offer an alternative welfare state model.
With Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2, Putin Is Getting Ready to Put the Screws on Europe
The new pipeline won’t deliver energy security. It will make the EU more dependent on a capricious Russia.
Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia
The far-right is associated with the disaffected masses—but has a growing intellectual class.
Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!
Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.