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Participants seen holding flags during the National Rosary

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.

A worker walks in front of pipes stacked at the Nord Stream 2 facility in Sassnitz, Germany, on Oct. 19, 2017.

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.

Alice Weidel speeks with former Christian Democrat Erika Steinbach during an AfD election campaign event on Sept. 6, 2017 in Pforzheim, Germany.

Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia

The far-right is associated with the disaffected masses—but has a growing intellectual class.

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Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.

An employee of GASCADE Gastransport GmbH walks among sections of steel pipe stacked ahead of construction of the Eugal natural gas pipeline at Rietzneuendorf-Staakow on August 29, 2018 near Golssen, Germany.

Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake

New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner.

A person is silhouetted behind the German national flag in Berlin on June 27, 2018.

Germany Isn’t Special

To pull its weight, it needs to start seeing itself as a normal country, subject to the same pressures as all its neighbors.

Protesters cover their right eyes as they gather in Hong Kong on Aug. 30.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Arrests in Hong Kong, a proroguing prime minister, and criticism of World Bank funding in Xinjiang.

An election campaign poster from the far-right Alernative fuer Deutschland (AfD) reads: "We are the people!" in Zehdenick in the federal state of Brandenburg, eastern Germany, on August 28, 2019, ahead of state elections.

Germany’s Far-Right Freedom Fighters

Eastern Germans increasingly claim to have freed themselves from communists, only to have been taken over by another dictatorship: western Germany.

Supporters waving flags during the inaugural AfD election rally in Brandenburg state elections on July 13, 2019 in Cottbus, Germany.

Germany’s Far-Right Is Creeping Ever Closer to Power

Extremists will triumph in this weekend’s regional elections—and Angela Merkel’s party is starting to see their appeal.

A protester dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to a giant 1 Euro coin during a demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin October 21, 2011, calling on Germany and France to spend more on alleviating poverty and protecting the environment, rather than on banks.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (L) speaks as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Noble Energy's Vice President for Major Projects George Hatfield (R) stand by during the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles west of the Israeli city of Haifa, on January 31.

Will an Israeli Energy Boom Make the EU Pro-Israel?

Future dependency on Israeli natural gas could change the political equation for many European countries that are currently critical of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington on July 31.

Flying Blind With the Fed

The Fed chairman confirms that uncertainty over trade is slowing the global economy and no one knows quite what to do about it.

A cattle farmer and director of the local wind farm talks with a regional historian on Aug. 8, 2013, on Pellworm Island, northern Germany, where a shift toward a zero-carbon future has been driven by locals, not energy companies.

The Public Can Solve Climate Change if We Let It

The most efficient way of spreading renewable energy? Getting local communities involved.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker  Stena Impero, with 23 crew members aboard, off the port of Bandar Abbas on July 21, after they seized it in the Strait of Hormuz.

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Have Your Back

Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo have made it clear that the United States is no longer committed to protecting Europe. The need for a viable pan-European defense force has never been greater.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) attend a cabinet retreat on November 14, 2018 in Potsdam, Germany.

Ursula von der Leyen Isn’t Perfect, but She’s Better Than the Alternative

Opposing the compromise candidate for EU commission president will further empower populists and Euroskeptics.

A Muslim woman passes a shop October 10, 2001 in Berlin's heavily-Muslim Neukoelln district.

Women With Headscarves Need Not Apply in Germany

Germans welcomed an unprecedented number of Middle Easterners into their country—but not always into their workplaces.

Head of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer poses with party member and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a party board meeting in Berlin on June 24, 2019.

Merkel’s Final Mistake Is Her Chosen Successor

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in line to take over as German chancellor—but there’s no telling if she’ll survive long enough to get the job.

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