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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.

The Gump Doctrine
Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Donald Trump is right to push for a rebalanced relationship with both China and Europe. But what have tariffs and threats actually achieved?

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Have Bomb Will Travel
Why Iran Will Never Give Up on Nuclear Weapons

This week, Donald Trump repeated an American mantra: “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.” But in due time it will, because it can, and because it has long seen the Bomb to be in its national interest. But is there an upside?

Politics Disrupted
Crashing the Parties

In Europe, the ancien régime of the moderate Right and Left is falling prey to the disruptors—mainly rightwing populists, but also non-threatening environmentalists like the surging German Greens who appeal to the center.

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