populism

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waits in front of the presidential residence in New Delhi on April 7. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty)

Narendra Modi Is No Populist

His economic reforms have already put the Indian economy on stronger footing, and his welfare schemes have given him the buy-in he needs.

Italys Interior Minister and deputy PM Matteo Salvini (R) and Italys Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio gesture during the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Quirinale Palace in Rome on June 1, 2018. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Been 25 Years Since Anyone in Italy Trusted the Government

Italian populism is still fueled by corruption scandals that are over two decades old.

The “Founding Fathers” exhibit at the House of European History highlights key architects of European integration. (Dominique Hommel/European Union 2018 – EP)

Night at the Museum

Brussels’s new European history museum could put anyone to sleep.

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.

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.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to members of the public from his car in the Presidential convoy on August 4, 2010 in Hamadan, Iran. (Photo by Iranian President's Office via Getty Images)

The Reincarnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The former president was excommunicated from Iran’s political elite—but he’s using grassroots economic populism to revive his career.

The leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini (R), embraces Silvio Berlusconi during a joint press conference in Rome on March 1, 2018.

In Italy, a Right-Wing Spin Doctor Repents

How Silvio Berlusconi’s top propagandist become one of Matteo Salvini’s toughest critics.

A woman walks across a carpet ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

NATO Isn’t What You Think It Is

An attack on one isn't really an attack on all and four other misunderstood facts about the Western defense alliance.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) supporters attend a mass meeting addressed by West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on July 21, 2016.
(DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Secularists Have an Authoritarianism Problem

Indians are increasingly forced to choose between Hindu nationalism and egalitarian dictatorship.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Federal Chancellery on July 5, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. (Michael Gruber/Getty Images)

The Future of Europe, for Better or Worse, Is Sebastian Kurz

Austria's chancellor thinks he's cracked the code for neutralizing populists — by cooperating with them.

Austria's Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (L), Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (R) and Austria's Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (C) arrive to give a joint press conference at the end of their meeting at the Viminale palace in Rome on June 20, 2018.

Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Matteo Salvini wants to be buddies with anti-immigrant leaders in Hungary, Poland, and Austria. But sometimes geography trumps ideology.

Brazilian congressman and presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, waves to the crowd during a military event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 3, 2018.

Latin America’s Center Cannot Hold If It Doesn’t Exist

Mainstream establishment parties across the continent have been replaced by populists offering easy and empty answers.

View of supporters of Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during a campaign rally in Texcoco, state of Mexico. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP)

Why Mexico’s Foreign Policy is About to Turn Left

If populism sweeps to power in Mexico, the country's foreign policy will return to the 1930s.

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Felix Eboue Airport of Cayenne, in French Guiana, on October 26, 2017. (RONAN LIETAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA

One year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Governor and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer depart after speaking to the media on October 9, 2017 in Berlin.

In Europe, the Only Choice Is Right or Far-Right

As left-wing parties have collapsed, the sole option remaining for voters is conservatism or right-wing populism.

France's President Emmanuel Macron addresses students at the North Rhine-Westphalia technical university on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, Germany (above); Supporters and elected officials of the far-right Front National protest the French government's immigration policies near the National Assembly on April 20, 2018 in Paris (below).

Saving European Democracy Starts at Home

If French President Emmanuel Macron is serious about pushing back against xenophobic populists, he needs to revamp his own legislative agenda.

About 1,000 members of the Landless Peoples Movement of South Africa march on to the National Land Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2005.

This Land Is Our Land

South Africa’s ruling party has failed to redistribute land to the black majority for over two decades. Can the new president defuse a ticking time bomb?

Why Democracy Doesn’t Deliver

Endless elections, unqualified leaders, uninformed voters, and short-term thinking are impeding economic growth.

Doug Ford was honored and received a special blessing at a Tamil Hindu Temple after meeting with members of the Tamil community in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday February 11, 2018.

Canada’s Trump?

Canada’s left is trying to tarnish Doug Ford’s image by branding him a racist. They’d be better off asking why so many minorities support him.

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