The country’s electorate is torn between humanitarianism and nationalism, and it wound up with leaders on the nationalist side.
Mesut Özil has dramatically quit the national team, declaring: “When we win, I am German. When we lose, I am an immigrant.”
Trevor Noah and a French diplomat had a very public spat over race.
At stake was not only a clash of soccer teams, but also a clash of worldviews.
The British media tries to figure out the American president
It’s less a triumphant celebration of the “special relationship” between two long-standing allies and more an exercise in damage control.
France celebrates the icon and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, at a time when her ideals are under threat.
The geopolitical metaphors practically write themselves.
The country’s hard-line interior minister keeps stoking uproar with his inflammatory rhetoric—and it only makes him more popular.
The new interior minister is calling for more deportations of migrants.
The writer offered an expansive vision of Europe and “the Russian soul” that appeals to leaders seeking rapprochement.
The collapse of a populist coalition may be good for stability in the short term, but in the long term it’s bad for democracy.
The advent of a Euroskeptic government in a founding member state of the European Union may be a point of no return.
The fate of one civil-society group is a disturbing case study of budding authoritarians setting the rules in Europe.
There will be no prize for literature this year, while the Swedish Academy that chooses the winner reckons with a sex-abuse scandal.
French workers took part in annual May Day protests while the president headed overseas. But the labor movement is not what it once was.
In a speech to Congress, the French president elegantly rebuked his host’s entire worldview.
The murder of a Holocaust survivor is forcing the country to embrace a new, unfamiliar kind of religious and ethnic solidarity.
“It’s still rare to find women who have authoritative roles in the media and political system. On the contrary, things have gone backwards.”
Italy’s old guard is finished. But it’s not clear yet what the new guard is.