Hungary Finally Has an Opposition Worth a Damn
The country’s youngest party has united the left and right against Viktor Orban.
Brazil’s Love Affair With Diplomacy Is Dead
A leader in liberal internationalism is about to turn its back on the world.
Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did
The latest novel by France’s most famous author cements his reputation as a prophet of populism.
The Next Merkel? Not Quite
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is like her mentor in style, but not in substance—and, for Germany, that will make all the difference.
Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist
The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.
Macron Can Survive France’s Anger
The French will remain restive unless and until the effects of their president’s ambitious reforms kick in.
Les Misérables vs. Macron
France’s angry nationwide protests are less like a revolution than a Tea Party—and that’s bad news for the government.
Matteo Salvini’s Selfie Politics
Far-right or not, the Italian deputy prime minister’s social media presence has made him one of the most popular politicians in Italy.
Extreme Nationalism Is as Polish as Pierogi
It’s entirely fitting that Poland is celebrating its independence with a far-right nationalist parade.
We Are All Isaiah Berliners Now
Nationalism is back, but nobody seems to know what it means. A forgotten essay marking its 40th anniversary can help.
Bolsonaro Can’t Destroy Brazilian Democracy
Brazil’s new president is a throwback to its authoritarian past—but the country is more resilient than it used to be.
The Economic Crisis Is Over. Populism Is Forever.
From the United States to Germany, the West is booming—but the public hasn’t regained an appetite for liberalism.
Brazil’s Military Is Not the Problem
Democracy will depend on whether civilians can exploit rifts between Bolsonaro and his base while regaining voter trust.
To Gut the Amazon, Bolsonaro Needs Local Help
The Brazilian president-elect can’t pursue his environmental policies on his own. After this weekend’s state elections, he’ll have the backing he needs.
It’s Not Just the Right That’s Voting for Bolsonaro. It’s Everyone.
Brazil’s populist firebrand is relying on conservative values, fear of crime, anger about corruption, and rampant fake news to gain support from across the political spectrum.
How to Compromise With Populism
It’s still possible to prevent the West from collapsing into permanent culture war—but only if it takes a totally new approach to nationalism.
Italy’s Left-Wing Populists Won’t Stop the Far-Right. They’ll Strengthen It.
The Five Star Movement’s most prominent leftist, Alessandro Di Battista, is returning to politics, but don’t expect him to reverse the government’s anti-immigrant agenda.