Where Do Things Stand With the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?
The U.K.’s quick approval of the Pfizer vaccine means some Britons will get shots starting next week—but in the rest of the world, it’s going to take a while for regular people to get inoculated.
The World Calls Biden, While Trump and Company Double Down
Major world leaders are reaching out to the U.S. president-elect as Pompeo claims there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
The Last Throes of Trump’s Wounded Alpha-Male Ego
What Angela Merkel’s approach to a blustering incumbent can teach us about America’s political crisis today.
They Conquered COVID-19. Now They’re Struggling.
From the Czech Republic and Germany to the Indian state of Kerala, governments that dealt decisively with the first wave of the coronavirus are drowning in the second wave.
Our Top Weekend Reads
The U.N.’s diversity problem, why Americans are giving up on democracy, and Germany’s successful—yet broken—integration experiment.
Inside Germany’s Successful and Broken Integration Experiment
Five years after the arrival of more than a million refugees, one city in western Germany is emblematic of all that’s gone right—and wrong.
Merkel’s China Reset Is Mostly Hollow
Washington shouldn’t expect—and may not need—a coordinated policy with Berlin.
Gorbachev Was Right About German Reunification
Thatcher and Mitterrand nearly stopped it from happening, but 30 years on, reunification remains the world’s most successful geopolitical experiment.
Germany’s Lateral Thinkers, Unite
The Querdenker protests against coronavirus prevention measures sweeping the country’s cities show that free speech is alive and well.
China Is Merkel’s Biggest Failure in Office
The German chancellor has put future deals over moral values, but she’s not alone.
Germany Is Losing the Fight Against QAnon
The German government beat back the coronavirus pandemic—but has largely given up against conspiracy theories.
Trump Under Pressure From Democrats to Drop Diplomat Nominee Over Racist Remarks
The retired colonel called refugees fleeing Middle East violence “unwanted Muslim invaders.”
Some Germans Will Be Happy to See U.S. Troops Leave
Left-wing groups say the troop presence has made Germany complicit in U.S. drone wars.
The U.S. Is Close to Killing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline
But it’s a race between slow construction and slower sanctions.
Auf Wiedersehen to a Mostly Successful, Sometimes Rocky Arranged Marriage
From economic woes to racial strife, America’s troop presence in Germany hasn’t always been easy. But it always made an impact.
Ask What You Can Do for Your Country
Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.
‘It’s Hard to Be in Limbo,’ as COVID-19 Plays Havoc With Military Moves
It’s hard enough to make a permanent change of station overseas. Military families are finding it agonizing in a pandemic-torn world.
When Everything Is a Crisis, Nothing Is
Invoking crisis is a favorite tactic of dictators—and widespread misuse of the word robs it of its power.