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Russian disinformation in Europe sounds an alarm for U.S. elections

With European parliamentary elections coming in June, Moscow has jumped into action. Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Kremlin...

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In Europe, politicians eye Gen Z — to fight

For decades conscription has been shrinking in Europe. That might now be changing as the threat from Moscow mounts. Spanish, German and Dutch...

20.05.2024 20

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Emmanuel Macron has the right message but is the wrong messenger

The French leader is wisely warning about Europe’s vulnerabilities, but is anyone listening? French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese...

08.05.2024 30

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Like much of Europe, Spain has a birth dearth. But it’s coping.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez speaks during a media conference at an E.U. summit in Brussels on July 2, 2019. (Virginia Mayo/AP) ...

22.04.2024 10

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Carnage and competition: Russia vs. the Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. (Gavriil Grigorov/AP) Listen 5 min Share ...

11.04.2024 30

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NATO chief’s ‘Trump-proofing’ proposal is a half-step forward

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference in Brussels on April 3. (Omar Havana/Getty...

04.04.2024 20

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What’s behind Europe’s surly mood? ‘Whaddya got?’

As a form of protest, farmers unload potatoes outside the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday. (Harry Nakos/AP) Listen 4...

01.04.2024 10

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A Russian Nobel laureate, living on a knife’s edge

Dmitry Muratov, then-editor of Novaya Gazeta, sits in Moscow City Court during an appeal of a ruling against the newspaper on Feb. 7, 2023. (AP) (AP) ...

21.03.2024 20

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In Haiti, the toxic effects of apathy and naiveté

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Guyana President Irfaan Ali at an emergency meeting on Haiti in Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday. (Andrew...

13.03.2024 4

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Europe bickers while the Russian threat grows

French President Emmanuel Macron, next to Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, speaks at a conference on Ukraine in Paris on Feb. 26. (Gonzalo...

11.03.2024 30

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France’s lionized, and reviled, guillotine terminator

Opinion France’s lionized, and reviled, guillotine terminator By Lee Hockstader Columnist, European Affairs | Follow...

16.02.2024 9

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Are the Paris Olympics jilting security in favor of spectacle?

The Olympic flag is seen at the Élysée Palace on Monday in Paris. (Aurelien Morissard/AP) Listen 5 min Share ...

14.02.2024 10

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In exile, Russian journalists battle the Kremlin’s Goliath

A journalist works in a newsroom of TV Rain in Moscow in 2021. (Denis Kaminev/AP) Listen 4 min Share Comment on this...

12.02.2024 8

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Paris’s embattled mayor puts her stamp on the Olympic spectacle

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the Hotel des Invalides on Jan. 5. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images) Listen 5 min Share ...

07.02.2024 10

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The real obstacle to rebuilding Ukraine is not Viktor Orban

Firefighters work in a destroyed building hit by recent shelling in a residential area in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine, Jan. 29. (AFP via Getty...

02.02.2024 3

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A soft-bellied Europe, shuffling toward Russia’s rising threat

British soldiers on a Jackal 2 high-mobility weapons platform on Jan. 26 near Oakham, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images) Listen 5 min ...

01.02.2024 7

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NATO ramps up for twin challenges, Russia and ... maybe Trump

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands during a session at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 17. (Fabrice...

24.01.2024 9

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Poland is a test case for reviving a corrupted democracy

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk speaks in Gdansk on Jan. 13. (Lukasz Glowala/REUTERS) Listen 4 min Share Comment...

18.01.2024 10

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France’s new prime minister arrives with the right to ‘l’indifférence’

Newly appointed French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal arrives for his first weekly cabinet meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Friday following a...

12.01.2024 10

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How the West’s waffling undermines Ukraine’s war effort

Protesters urge the German government to supply Ukraine with Taurus missiles in Berlin on Saturday. (Omer Messinger/Getty Images) ...

10.01.2024 10

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Macron’s political straddling goes too far in ‘l’affaire Depardieu’

French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a television screen during an interview on Dec. 20. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images) Listen...

04.01.2024 10

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The West’s self-deception on Ukraine should not extend to Hungary’s Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Brussels on Dec. 14. (Virginia Mayo/AP) Listen 5 min Share Comment on this...

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Is the E.U.’s migrant pact a Christmas gift for the far right?

A boat carrying migrants arrives on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, in southern Italy, on Sept. 16. (Ciro Fusco/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) ...

23.12.2023 30

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In Paris, the Krispy Kreme craze can’t mask Donald Trump’s menace

A worker checks Krispy Kreme doughnuts during a media preview before the opening of the first Krispy Kreme restaurant in Paris. (Dimitar...

16.12.2023 40

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In Ukraine, the risk isn’t stalemate. It’s defeat.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Listen 4 min Share ...

13.12.2023 10

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A migrant surge is driving Europe to the right — and centrists are flailing

Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Freedom Party, in The Hague on Nov. 24. (Peter Dejong/AP) Listen 5 min Share ...

12.12.2023 20

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Why U.S. aid for Ukraine is a bargain

Members of the 436th Aerial Port Squadron use a forklift to move 155mm shells ultimately bound for Ukraine in April 2022 at Dover Air Force Base in...

05.12.2023 5

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Poland’s radical antiabortion law didn’t have the intended effect

Protesters hold signs reading in Polish "women's strike" as they block a crossing in downtown Warsaw on Nov. 9, 2020, in the 12th straight day of...

30.11.2023 30

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Why Europe is rearming: It isn’t just about Russia.

A military parade in Warsaw on Aug. 15 celebrated Polish Army Day, commemorating the 1920 battle in which Polish troops defeated advancing Bolshevik...

20.11.2023 10

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Europe grapples with the ascendant far right — and its own identity

Students at the University of Barcelona protest on Tuesday Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's deal to provide amnesty for supporters of Catalan's illegal...

15.11.2023 10

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Donald Tusk’s task is to pick Poland’s authoritarian lockbox

Opposition leader Donald Tusk speaks at his party's headquarters in Warsaw on Oct. 15 after the arrival of the first exit poll results in Poland's...

11.11.2023 50

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For Putin, a very good October

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 12. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) Listen...

02.11.2023 10

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Murder, torture, rape: Russia’s crimes are a long-running horror show

A gravedigger pauses while preparing the ground for a funeral at a cemetery on April 20, 2022, in Irpin, Ukraine. The first several rows contain the...

31.10.2023 9

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Europe scrambles to ‘Trump-proof’ Ukraine’s defense

Military vehicles drive past damaged buildings on Oct. 21 in in Kupyansk, Ukraine. (Ed Ram/For The Washington Post) Listen 5 min ...

24.10.2023 3

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Help is on the way for Haiti. But the U.S. still holds the key.

People fleeing gang violence take shelter at a sports arena in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sept. 1. (Ralph Tedy Erol/Reuters) Listen 5...

23.10.2023 7

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Germany’s tremors are a warning sign for Europe — and for Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a White House news conference in February 2022. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post) Listen 5 min ...

16.10.2023 3

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Why Paris is bugging out over ‘punaises de lit’

Opinion Why Paris is bugging out over ‘punaises de lit’ By Lee Hockstader Columnist, European Affairs October 11, 2023...

11.10.2023 9

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Europe’s right-wing drift takes its most alarming turn in Germany

Election campaign posters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, on Sept. 30. (Clemens Bilan/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Listen 6 min ...

03.10.2023 4

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If Trump abandons Ukraine, don’t count on Europe plugging the gap

Lt. Gen. Andreas Marlow, head of the German Elements MN Corps/Basic Military Organization at Strausberg, speaks next to a Leopard 1A5 main battle tank...

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