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 Dominic Cummings Banish Nativist Populism From U.K. Politics?
Boris Johnson's Brexit guru masterminded the Vote Leave campaign, but he despises Nigel Farage and sees a quick Brexit as the best recipe for neutralizing the far-right.
Love Will Set You Free From Populism
The mayoral election in Istanbul offers the emotional template for defeating authoritarian leaders elsewhere in the world.
Papa, Don’t Preach
Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.
Did the Left Really Win in Denmark?
The Social Democrats are poised to lead the next government, but after adopting the far-right’s anti-immigration agenda the party isn’t what it used to be.
You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying
There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.
Poland’s Government Is Systematically Silencing Opposition Voices
Adam Michnik was a hero of the anti-communist struggle. Now his renowned newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, is under attack from a ruling party that refuses to tolerate dissent.
Corruption and Collusion Can’t Stop Austria’s Far-Right
Austrian nationalists were caught red-handed in an attempted foreign conspiracy—but the party’s future is as bright as ever.
It’s Modi’s India Now
The prime minister returns to power, but after an ugly 2019 election season, the very nature of India’s democracy could be changing.
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.