For Eastern Europe, Brussels Is the New Moscow
After upcoming elections in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, healing Europe’s east-west divide will be more urgent than ever.
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.
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.
Europe Must Not Allow Enemies of Democracy to Choose the Next EU Commissioner
The illiberal leaders of Hungary and Poland falsely claim Frans Timmermans would divide Europe. What they really fear is his commitment to the rule of law.
A New, Harsher Vision of the EU Takes Shape
Populists still want to be part of the European Union, even in Hungary and Poland. Just a far less inclusive one.
Orban and Aung San Suu Kyi Gave in to Hate the Same Way
The two Oxford-educated leaders once preached liberal values—but found bigotry more convenient.
Trump Is Letting Orban Walk All Over the United States
It is time to protect U.S. interests by avoiding deals with Hungary.
No Democracy Is an Island
If Washington thinks that affirming flawed votes and the leaders who benefited from them abroad isn’t harming the health of democracy at home, it is mistaken.
The World This Weekend
Venezuela’s political crisis continues to evolve, and protests persist in Sudan.
To Counter China and Russia, U.S. Mulls Inviting Hungary’s Orban to D.C.
Team Trump is trying to pull Hungary back from its cozy relationship with Moscow and Beijing. But it comes at a cost, critics say.
Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?
A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Loves the European Far-Right
Recent spats aside, Israel’s right-wing government sees the illiberal nationalist leaders of Poland and Hungary as natural allies. They share a hostility toward human rights, Enlightenment values, and the European Union.
When European Countries Retreat From Democracy, How Should the U.S. Respond?
The question looms large during Pompeo’s visit to Central Europe.
Theodor Herzl Was Willing to Tolerate Europe’s Far-Right. Should Israel’s Leaders Do the Same?
Shunning populist parties won’t make Jews safer. Engaging with them is a matter of realpolitik, and Israel should focus on contemporary threats, not those of the past.
Hungary Finally Has an Opposition Worth a Damn
The country’s youngest party has united the left and right against Viktor Orban.