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Benjamin Haddad
Islam and Europe
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The NYT’s Veil Fail

Silencing liberals and moderate conservatives in the debate about Islamic religious practices in Europe will only pave the way for more populist successes.

The Populist Surge
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Election Drama à la Française

If you miss the excitement of campaign season, look to France, where next year’s presidential race promises to be a crucial reckoning of the challenges facing Europe.

Europe and Islam
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The Facts and Figures on French Muslims

A think tank report sheds new light on how Islam is practiced (and not practiced) in France.

Church and State
Behind the Burkini

The overturned ban is not a religious issue, but the symbol of a broader political struggle.

Moving On
They Brexit, You Own It

The voters have spoken, and the their verdict is clear: Britain will now have to leave the European Union. How the rest of the EU moves on is the next critical question. Can European leaders salvage the European project?

The French Connection
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Misconnecting the Dots

The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism, particularly in francophone Europe, is very real. Hasty generalizations about its causes, however, help no one.

Rise of the Right
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Final Warning

The French establishment has blocked Front National in the regional elections—but it was largely responsible for the FN’s rise in the first place.

Houellebecq's Submission
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The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom

Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, flawed as it is, gets at the heart of some of the issues contorting the West—and liberalism writ large—at the turn of the 21st century.

Transatlantic Ties
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A Critical Moment in the Syria Crisis

The U.S. must not let Russia and Iran become Europe’s solution to Syria.

An Unlikely Socialist
Can Valls Lead France?

France’s Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, may be just the person to shake the Socialist Party out of its torpor and return it to fighting trim. Does he have a shot at the presidency in 2017?

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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