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.
Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions
The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.
Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia
The far-right is associated with the disaffected masses—but has a growing intellectual class.
In Europe, Nativism and Nationalism May Be Reaching Their Limits
But in the United States, they show no signs of abatement.
The West Has a Resentment Epidemic
Across the West, the main trigger of populism has been the growing inequality—and hostility—between urban and rural regions.
Italy’s Great Schism
Italian Catholics are deeply divided between traditionalists and supporters of Pope Francis’s liberal vision. Matteo Salvini is seeking to give the Vatican’s detractors a new political home.
Germany’s Far-Right Freedom Fighters
Eastern Germans increasingly claim to have freed themselves from communists, only to have been taken over by another dictatorship: western Germany.
Germany’s Far-Right Is Creeping Ever Closer to Power
Extremists will triumph in this weekend’s regional elections—and Angela Merkel’s party is starting to see their appeal.
Boris Throws a Brick Through Parliament’s Window
The prime minister’s statement about proroguing the United Kingdom’s legislative assembly.
Turkey Can’t Host Syrian Refugees Forever
Voters across the political spectrum have become hostile toward the millions of people who fled Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opponents are now responding with tough talk on repatriation.
Can Brexit End the Scourge of British Nativism? Dominic Cummings Thinks So.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit guru sees a quick departure from the EU as the best way to neutralize Britain’s far-right.