Who’s Laughing Now: Zelensky or Putin?
Ukraine’s incoming comedian president has sent mixed signals on Russia. But the Kremlin may not sit still while he figures out a policy.
Ukraine’s Pretend President Now Faces a Real Test
In his fight against corruption, Zelensky will face real challenges—not least from his own constituents.
Ukraine’s Runoff Election Is More Than a Contest of Personalities
It is hard for the country to move West with Russia on its back.
The World This Weekend
In recent days, Washington raced to decipher the Mueller report and Indonesian voters cast ballots at more than 800,000 polling stations.
Putin Should Fear Ukraine’s Russia-Friendly Front-Runner
The Kremlin will soon wish it were still dealing with a Ukrainian president who so much resembled its own.
There’s One Far-Right Movement That Hates the Kremlin
Ukraine’s Azov movement is hostile to Russia, friendly to neo-Nazis, and inspired by France’s new right. It’s not running in Ukraine’s presidential elections because it plans to win power by playing a long game.
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.
In Ukraine’s Election, Pro-Russian Candidates Can’t Win
By occupying the regions of the country that most favor it, Moscow has undermined its own position in Ukrainian politics. Here’s why it still won’t leave.
Ukraine’s TV President Is Dangerously Pro-Russian
Volodymyr Zelensky could become the country’s next real-life leader. If his show is any guide, Ukrainians should be worried.
Ukraine’s Election Will Test the Strength of Its Democracy
The outcome of the vote is not nearly as important as the quality of the electoral process.
Ukraine’s Election Is a Mess—and That’s Exactly What Putin Wants
A chaotic campaign, feuding oligarchs, and Russian disinformation efforts have combined to shake public faith in the electoral process.
The New Face of the Dutch Far-Right
Thierry Baudet once called politicians brain-dead. Now his upstart white nationalist movement has eclipsed Geert Wilders and won more Senate seats than the prime minister’s party.
Ukraine’s Poroshenko Paradox
In upcoming elections, the incumbent president may well lose to a man who plays one on TV.
Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.
First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.
Don’t Believe the Russian Hype
Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.
Comedians Will Soon Rule the World
It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.
You Only Wish You Had Ukraine’s Democracy
Despite attacks from abroad and corruption at home, Ukrainian democracy isn't failing—it's thriving.
France and Germany Face Off Over Russian Pipeline
Though Berlin badly wants it built, Paris is set to side with the EU on new rules intended to contain Moscow.