Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon his arrival at Hamburg Airport for the G20 economic summit on July 6. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip

Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes Shinzo Abe's (R) hand in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Shinzo Abe Just Pulled a Theresa May

Japan's prime minister called an early election to strengthen his mandate — and gave an opening to a serious new challenger.

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Voters Shatter Germany’s Centrist Politics

But that could actually be a good thing, ending “too much consensus.”

The silhouette of Saint Vitus Cathedral (L), a part of the Prague Castle is seen on April 20, 2015 as the sun sets in the Czech capital. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK        (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brief Life, and Looming Death, of Europe’s ‘SWAT Team for Truth’

The Czech Republic launched the continent’s first center to combat fake news in January. It might not survive the year.

An employee of Caviar Phones, a Russian-Italian company specializing in smartphone customization, displays a special gold-plated iPhone 7 smartphone bearing the likeness of US President-elect Donald Trump - at a minimum price of 197 000 rubles (2755 euros / 2971 dollars) - in the company's boutique outside Moscow on November 14, 2016. / AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s the One U.N. Treaty Trump Should Love?

Hint: It has to do with mining the oceans for riches.

The parliament building is pictured on October 29, 2016 in Reykjavik during the snap general election. 
Icelanders voted in a snap election that could see the anti-establishment Pirate Party form the next government in the wake of the Panama Papers tax-dodging scandal and lingering anger over the 2008 financial meltdown. / AFP / Halldor KOLBEINS        (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Icelandic Government Collapses Amid Pedophilia Scandal

The Icelandic prime minister’s links to a convicted rapist have once again put the democracy’s accountability to the test.


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The lessons of Churchill and Orwell for the modern world.

MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26:  Sheriff Joe Arpaio (L) of Maricopa County, Arizona listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the press prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Arpaio today announced his support for Trump's presidential bid.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Pardoning Joe Arpaio Would Be a Constitutional Crisis

If Donald Trump follows through on his promise to a political ally, it could bring him one step closer to impeachment.


Iran Is Not About to Fall for Trump’s Trap

President Hassan Rouhani is positioning himself to be the next supreme leader — and he isn't going to let U.S. threats to blow up the nuclear deal get in his way.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: National security advisor H.R. McMaster speaks during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mcmaster addressed President Trumps upcoming trips and addressed the release of classified intel to Russia.  (Photo by Alex Wong /Getty Images)

Right-Wing War Against McMaster Spills Over Into Israel

A campaign of personal attacks on the U.S. national security advisor is even dividing allies.


It’s Time to Found a New Republic

The United States has teetered on the brink of catastrophe before, and rebuilt itself by rethinking its institutions. It's time to do so again.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JUNE 22:  French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for his first summit since winning the Presidency, at the EU Council headquarters ahead of a European Council meeting on June 22, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.  In the first European summit since she lost her Commons majority in the general election, British Prime Minister Theresa May will outline her plans for the issue of expats' rights after Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Macron’s Revolution Is Over Before It Started

The French president's movement of upper-middle-class amateurs is having trouble reviving national politics.


Angela Merkel Is Hurting German Democracy

The chancellor has turned Berlin into a beacon of stability — by draining German politics of any hint of debate.

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The House Judiciary Committee Is Hard at Work Investigating Reddit Conspiracies

“This is not a shitpost. This is real. Congressional investigation. Do it for America!”

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