Estonia’s Natural Experiment in Fighting Right-Wing Populism
Two models have emerged for dealing with a new nationalist government—but it’s not clear which will prove more effective.
South Africa’s ANC Can’t Take Black Voters for Granted Anymore
The African National Congress won again in South Africa, but a new generation identifies the party more with corruption than liberation and is seeking solutions through protests and lawsuits rather than at the ballot box.
Conservatism’s Wunderkind Is Getting Swallowed by the Far-Right
Austria’s chancellor made a deal with populists, and it’s not going according to plan.
Erdogan Just Committed Political Suicide
By overturning an election in Istanbul, he may have triggered a Turkish Spring.
Anti-Europe Parties Aren’t Anti-Europe Anymore
Instead of promising to protect people from the European Union, populists have started promising to make the EU protect the people.
Notre Dame Is Setting Macron’s Agenda Ablaze
A national catastrophe is ruining the French president’s plans for a revival.
The Christian Coalition That Helped Elect Bolsonaro Has Started to Crumble
The Brazilian president’s visit to Israel, which was meant to rally his evangelical base, has instead revealed his weakness.
Petro Poroshenko’s Last-Minute Nationalist Makeover
Ukraine’s president is making a desperate gambit to win re-election—and to remain politically relevant if he loses.
Brexit Will Never, Ever End
Even if Britain’s opposing parties agree on a plan to leave the EU, national unity will be nowhere in sight.
How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change
Thirty percent of global emissions come from countries led by populist nationalist leaders. Current climate policy approaches are ill-suited for these regimes. Here’s an alternative.
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.
Ukraine’s Poroshenko Paradox
In upcoming elections, the incumbent president may well lose to a man who plays one on TV.
The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France
The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.
Brexiteers Never Wanted Brexit to Begin With
History will show that the biggest obstacle to Brexit was its most fervent supporters. That’s no accident.
The EU’s Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster
If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.
The British System Is Stacked Against Breakaway Parties
The Independent Group could influence the direction of Britain's politics, but it won't be by winning large numbers of seats in Parliament.
According to Italy’s Leaders, Rap Music Is Un-Italian
When a rapper named Alessandro Mahmoud won the country’s most prestigious music contest, xenophobic leaders quickly took advantage of his victory to open a new front in the culture war.
Comedians Will Soon Rule the World
It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.