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Swedish teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) holds up her Swedish "School Strike for the Climate" sign as she participates in a Fridays for Future march with German climate activists Luisa Neubauer and Jakob Blasel on March 29, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Kids Are Taking Charge of Climate Change

Teenagers around the world are protesting in unprecedented numbers—and making governments nervous.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands among flags as she attends a signing ceremony after consultations between China and Germany in Berlin on July 9, 2018. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Europe Gets Its Competition With China All Wrong

Protecting the liberal order won’t be enough. The EU will also have to challenge China for influence around the world.

16 February 2019, Bavaria, München: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is waiting for Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg on the second day of the 55th Munich Security Conference. Numerous heads of state, government and ministers are expected at the world's most important meeting of experts on security policy. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa (Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Could NATO Be the Downfall of Angela Merkel’s Government?

A fight over defense spending could soon split Germany’s ruling coalition.

Election billboards of Angela Merke and Gregor Gysi, top candidate of the Left Party, on Sept. 16, 2005 in Berlin. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Cold War Enemies May Become Partners

In eastern Germany, center-right Christian Democrats are considering teaming up with far-left former Communists.

A worker drives a finished Mercedes-Benz C-Class car through production in Bremen, Germany, on Jan. 24, 2017. (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Build the Wall—To Keep Out the BMWs and Benzes

Trump’s threatened trade war against European cars would hurt America most.

Adolf Hitler riding in a car with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in Munich in Sept. 1937. (AFP/Getty Images)

Hitler Loved Speed Limits

Germany’s unregulated highways might be the most irrational aspect of its modern identity—but you can’t blame it on the Führer.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4, 2016. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Europe’s Future Is as China’s Enemy

The continent can save NATO—but only if it takes Washington’s side in its growing struggle with Beijing.

Nisei Boy Scouts of Troop 41 in Pasadena, California, check maps using compasses as part of a mapmaking project in 1958. (University of Southern California Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)

Humans Are the Best Security Backup

When the grid goes down, old-fashioned skills save lives.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves to delegates at a national conference of the CDU on Dec. 7, 2018 in Hamburg. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

The Next Merkel? Not Quite

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is like her mentor in style, but not in substance—and, for Germany, that will make all the difference.

The logo of Chinese electronics company Huawei on Sept. 2, 2015 in Berlin. (John Macdougal/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Is Soft on Chinese Spying

Huawei has deep ties to the Chinese government. Berlin might let it build the country’s next generation of communications infrastructure anyway.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn, and Friedrich Merz at a regional German Christian Democratic Union gathering in Halle, Germany, on Nov. 22. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Give Up on Eastern Germany

As the post-Merkel era looms, Germany’s center-right party needs to ditch its eastern base and go back to its western roots.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in a courtyard after the weekly government cabinet meeting in Berlin on Oct. 31.

Angela Merkel Failed

The German chancellor survived by avoiding politics whenever possible—and history won't judge her kindly for it.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland, co-leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, arrive to speak on immigration and crime on September 18, 2017 in Berlin.

The Party Is Over

The mass political movements that once dominated Europe are fading fast—and the nationalist populists and upstart parties taking their place are here to stay.

People carry German flags and a banner which reads "Stop Islamization" during a march organized by the far-right AfD party in Rostock,  Germany on September 22, 2018.

Germany’s New Politics of Cultural Despair

Will the return of the European far-right be the undoing of the West?

Katharina Schulze, the lead candidate for the Greens, speaks at the Gillamoos folk fest in Abensberg on Sept. 3. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

In Bavaria, Green Could Be King

Forget the rise of the AfD. The real story in this weekend’s elections may well be the rise of the Greens, which will reshape German politics.

Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 election, in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. (Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)

Jair Bolsonaro’s Model Isn’t Berlusconi. It’s Goebbels.

The far-right Brazilian leader isn’t just another conservative populist. His propaganda campaign has taken a page straight from the Nazi playbook.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looks back as she and other leaders depart at a summit of leaders of the European Union on September 20, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg

The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.

Steam and exhaust rise from different companies on a cold winter day on January 6, 2017 in Oberhausen, Germany.

The Paris Accord Won’t Stop Global Warming on Its Own

The world needs a new alliance of green economic powers to create a low-carbon economic zone.

Trucks stand ready to haul shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest container port, on Sept. 18. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Trucking Is the Security Crisis You Never Noticed

Everything from food to oil depends on underpaid and overworked drivers.

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