Germany

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.

A statue of King Augustus the Strong in Dresden, Germany. (Via Getty Images)

East Germany’s Far-Right Problem Is 300 Years Old

There are deep—very deep—historical reasons why far-right resentment has flourished in eastern Germany.

The dollar’s dominant role in the global financial system, and thus U.S. sanctions power, is driving the search for alternatives. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

Kotryna Zukauskaite illustration for Foreign Policy

Germany’s Return of the Repressed 

The country’s far-right wants to revive ethnic nationalism. The left must come up with its own alternative.

Sahra Wagenknecht, top candidate of the Left party (Die Linke) and her husband  Oskar Lafontaine arrive for an election party night on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. (JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn Doesn’t Translate Into German

A new movement wants to revolutionize Germany’s left-of-center politics—but the country’s voters won't follow in British and French footsteps.

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest next to rescue members aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation, early morning on November 5, 2016 off the coast of Libya. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Has Criminalized Humanitarianism

As charity workers get arrested for saving drowning migrants, Europeans are reckoning with the widening gap between their politics and morality.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a working dinner in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the NATO summit.

Europe Should Call Trump’s Bluff

Spending 4 percent of the EU’s GDP on defense would boost sagging economies and protect the continent at a time when U.S. leadership is lacking.

Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, at the Helsinki International Airport on July 10. (Jussi Nukari/AFP/Getty Images)

Liu Xia’s Freedom Shows China Can Still Be Pressured

Even Beijing admitted the Nobel laureate's widow had committed no crime.

Britain's then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner meeting at the NATO summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

Boris Johnson’s Great Leap Forward

Britain’s conservatives were once known for sensible stewardship of the economy. Now, the Tory Maoists are blowing it up.

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

First They Came for the Immigrants. Then They Came for the Robots.

Politicians must prepare voters for automation; otherwise, opportunistic populists will seize the agenda.

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