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