In the wake of a political murder, the hate campaign continues

On the day after the murder of Jo Cox in 2016, stunned politicians on both sides of the Brexit referendum campaign fell silent. Cox was a member of the British parliament who favored remaining inside the European Union and campaigned about Syria; her assassin was both mentally ill and an extremist who scoured the Internet …

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The anti-Europeans have a plan for crippling the European Union

In theory, the European Union’s parliamentary elections are the most international in the world. The winners serve in a multinational legislature. They speak to one another with the help of hundreds of translators. They are members of transnational parties: In the parliament buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg, center-left MEPs from across Europe sit with the …

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The Trump-Putin revelations tell us what we knew all along

The brain of Homo sapiens has a fatal attraction to secrets. What we see before our eyes is never sufficient; we want to know what lies behind it, what explains it, what’s the deeper meaning. The compulsion to get beneath the surface of things lies at the heart of what makes some people scholars or …

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Why the world should be paying attention to Putin’s plans for Belarus

On Sept 10, 2001, I published a column about Belarus, the former Soviet republic squeezed between Russia and Europe. It described how the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko was stealing elections, keeping tight control over the media and the economy, harassing political opponents and occasionally murdering them. Lukashenko, I wrote, was Europe’s longest-standing dictator. Yet only …

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The lure of chaos is leading Britain straight into the abyss

In the weeks leading up to the declaration of war in 1914, the British were supremely confident. “It will be over by Christmas” said the optimists; pessimists reckoned the war might last two whole years. Almost nobody predicted the trenches, the destruction of farms and fields, the loss of an entire generation of young men …

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The Brexiteers have failed — so they blame Theresa May

In almost any field of human endeavor — football, acting, plumbing — failure has a price. If you can’t push the hockey puck into the goal, you get kicked off the team. If your jokes don’t make people laugh, your career as a stand-up comic is brutally short. If the house you built has a …

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Angela Merkel hat die Deutschen nicht auf die neue Zeit vorbereitet

Sie war gerade zum zweiten Mal wiedergewählt worden, als Angela Merkel im Jahr 2009 in die USA kam, um vor dem Kongress zu sprechen. Nur wenige Tage vor dem 20. Geburtstag des Mauerfalls war die Rede in Teilen nostalgisch. Da sie in der DDR aufgewachsen war, sagte sie, hätte sie sich nie träumen lassen, „nicht …

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Hungary is thumbing its nose at the U.S. — by following Trump’s cues

During his first NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump refused to state his support for NATO’s most important treaty obligation. During his first British visit, the president managed to offend everybody, from tabloid journalists to the queen. But although there are many incidents and relationships to choose from, the most embarrassing European foreign policy failure …

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The democratic world could feel the heat from Paris

Fire, flares and tear gas scorched Paris on Saturday night; on Sunday morning, the carcasses of burned cars littered the streets, and graffiti covered the Arc de Triomphe. Smaller, and mostly more peaceful, marches had also played out across the country, where for the past couple of weekends protesters have occupied French toll booths, blocked speed cameras …

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