The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call
While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.
China Isn’t Helping Italy. It’s Waging Information Warfare.
The populist Five Star Movement has become China’s chief enabler as Beijing spreads disinformation about the origins of the coronavirus while sending aid shipments to EU countries where it seeks influence.
India’s Muslims Accuse Police of Targeted Killings
As protests against a new citizenship law sweep the country, signs that the authorities are condoning and even instigating violence have India’s Muslims alarmed.
Foreign Interference Starts at Home
The West is obsessing about how its democracies are under attack—except when it comes to all the self-inflicted damage.
Ireland’s Populists Are Not Really Populist
After decades of militant radicalism, Sinn Fein won last week’s elections by moving toward the mainstream.
Behold Germany’s Post-Merkel Future and Despair
The chancellor’s pathological centrism has helped make her party morally blind.
Italy’s Sardines Want to Stop Matteo Salvini. They Might End Up Strengthening Him.
By depicting the far-right League leader as a villain, a grassroots movement calling for civility in politics could help hand the leftist stronghold of Emilia-Romagna to the right.
The Global Trust Crisis
World leaders at venues like Davos need to start taking the public’s declining faith in institutions seriously—or face more upheaval to come.
Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany’s Anti-Immigrant Party
The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren’t native Germans but migrants from Russia.
The Real Way to Win Iowa and Places Like It
There are plenty of innovative policies to revive rural areas—and trade wars aren’t among them.
Poland’s State of the Media
How public television became an outlet for the Law and Justice party—and what it means for democracy.
Europe’s Populist Governments Have a Problem: Their Capitals
City-level opposition could be the key to defeating populism in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and beyond.
The Cure for Populism Is Equal Opportunity
Maxime Bernier flopped in Canada because voters still believe everyone has a fair shot.
How Maxime Bernier Lost His Seat
Canada’s nationalist People’s Party has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.
It’s Trump’s World Now. What Do We Do About It?
How to fix U.S. democracy, populism, trade, and other pressing issues.
Poland Is Purging Its Prosecutors
The PiS government is rooting out, relocating, and demoting political critics in the name of judicial reform.
If Sebastian Kurz Is Everything, He’s Nothing
The Austrian chancellor could become a star in an unprecedented coalition with the Green party—but that's not the sort of history he's interested in making.
In Poland’s Upcoming Election, the Law and Justice Party Is Demonizing the LGBT Community to Win
The party is likely to win the vote, but it may eventually lose the broader cultural fight.
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.