In Hungary, the pandemic was just an excuse.
Around the world, rulers are using the pandemic as an excuse to grab more power. And the public is going along with it.
Like Japan in the mid-1800s, the United States now faces a crisis that disproves everything the country believes about itself.
A nation’s response to disaster speaks to its strengths—and to its dysfunctions.
Citizens of a once-prosperous nation live amid the havoc created by socialism, illiberal nationalism, and political polarization.
In a hotel ballroom in Rome, leaders of the nationalist right took a grim view of Western liberal democracy—which Cold War conservatives deeply believed in.
As Britain withdraws from the EU, signs of future conflict are already evident.
Democracy depends on the rule of law. But the leading party treats the Polish judiciary as a mere obstacle to power.
In a series of comments in late December, the Russian president appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War.
American conservatives who find themselves identifying with Putin’s regime refuse to see the country for what it actually is.
Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.
In 1932 and 1933, millions died across the Soviet Union—and the foreign press corps helped cover up the catastrophe.
Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.