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The New European Politics
The Key to Kurz’s Victory

Much like Macron, the fresh-faced Austrian leader rose to political prominence amid a surge of European populism—and is testing a new way to handle the challenge.

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EU-phoria
The Secrets of His Success

How liberal politicians can harness populist energy, too.

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Islam and Europe
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.

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The Populist Surge
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.

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Europe and Islam
The Facts and Figures on French Muslims

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

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Church and State
Behind the Burkini

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

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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?

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The French Connection
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.

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Rise of the Right
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.

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Houellebecq's Submission
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.

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