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Trump's Flailing Foreign Policy
The Rumpelstiltskin Syndrome

As the world teeters, Trump affronts allies when he needs them most and pampers foes who welcome America’s absence.

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No to Nukes?
The German Left’s New Nuclear Freak-Out

After 50 years, the Social Democrats want to sabotage Berlin’s role in NATO’s nuclear deterrent force by invoking wild-eyed Donald Trump. But who wants to part with America’s strategic umbrella?

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Viral Fearmongers
The Totalitarian Temptation Resisted

National emergencies in the West do not breed despots, and haven’t for some time. The press should take note.

Disease Control
On Coronavirus, Beware the Totalitarian Temptation

The coronavirus pandemic has revived an old nostrum: Totalitarians perform better in devastating times than democracies. Not so—the cure is worse than the catastrophe.

Political Parties in the West
The Center Does Not Hold

In Germany and the rest of Europe, centrist parties are losing ground.

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Strategic Lightweight
The Tragic Rationality of Europe’s Iran Policy

In the latest U.S.-Iran clash, the EU has acted rationally. Burned so often by American hauteur, a strategic lightweight like the EU cannot but resort to suasion, mediation, and de-escalation to evade entrapment in a conflict it cannot control.

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Imitation Without Affection
Black Friday and American Soft Power

Why do Europeans resent America, even as they continue to copy it? Never mind Donald Trump. The United States is the steamroller of modernity that invents stuff, ideas, and images the world cannot resist.

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After The Wall
Three Reichs and You’re Out

German overreach, which once brought untold misery to Europe, has turned into underreach, which does not nourish stability in troubling times.

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From Shame to War
Trump on a Rampage

History will judge Trump as harshly for his betrayal of the Kurds as it has the apostles of “peace in our time.”

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Trading Places
The European Union Honors Competition More Than the “Land of the Free”

Why are cellphone plans and cable charges lower in Europe than in America? New research explains why EU trustbusters have outpaced their U.S. colleagues.

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