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Portrait of a Fellow Traveler
Could Jeremy Corbyn Destroy the Special Relationship?

The U.S.-UK alliance is on weaker footing than ever. If the anti-American Labour leader makes it to Downing Street, it could well break for good.

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Illarion Pryanishnikov, “The French Retreat in 1812”
The Third European Gas Crisis
Putin Tests the EU’s Mettle

Russia has laid the groundwork to pressure the European Union with surging gas prices and supply shortages next year, but the longer a new gas crisis goes on, the greater the chance it will cost Russia dearly. Will Moscow or Brussels blink first?

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Ilya Repin, “Reply of the Zaparozhian Cossacks” (Wikimedia Commons)
A Conversation with Boris Akunin
“Such a System is Chemically Incompatible with Democracy”

A bestselling crime writer in exile discusses why he left Moscow, how fiction and history shed light on Putin’s Russia, and why implementing democracy in Russia is still an uphill battle.

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Culture and Capital
Why Big Business Loves Gender Neutrality

How Marx explains the corporate embrace of women’s rights and the transgendered—and what will come next.

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German Politics
The Hollow Center

Angela Merkel’s CDU will soon have to choose between competing with AfD for the hearts of law-and-order conservatives, or with the Greens for the hearts of urban liberals. Doing both may not be possible.

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Getting Russia Right
There’s Something About Putin 

Why is the Russian leader so good at playing a weak hand against the United States and Europe? How much is him? How much is us?

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Notes on a Phrase
“Better Angels” In Our Past

President Abraham Lincoln popularized the phrase for Americans in his First Inaugural Address. But he did not coin it.

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Francisco Goya, Fight with Cudgels (1819-1823)
Europe's Grey Zone
The Fight for the Poorest Country in Europe

Tiny Moldova remains stuck between East and West—but an unprecedented new coalition offers a chance for change within its borders and beyond.

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Beijing’s Long Game
Hong Kong Deserves U.S. Support

The people of Hong Kong have done the world a service by dealing a setback to Beijing’s global anti-democratic agenda. The U.S. should back them up.

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Ancients vs. Moderns
Who Are the Greeks?

Roderick Beaton’s sweeping, sympathetic history of modern Greece illustrates the tension between two kinds of nationalism—and ultimately, between two kinds of freedom.

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