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When the Magic Is Gone

France’s directly-elected president is the most powerful head of state in Europe. In the age of Le Pen, is that still a good idea?

Jan. 31 2017 4:59 AMFrance’s FergusonThe death of a black man in police custody has touched off a cultural crisis over race, immigration, and what it means to be French.
Jan. 30 2017 4:27 PMConfronting Chairman TrumpWith the United States embracing revolutionary chaos, China is positioning itself as the adult in the room.
Jan. 2 2017 8:00 PMRussia ResurgentOur old rival was supposed to be a power of the past. How Vladimir Putin engineered his nation’s return to the world stage—and what he’ll do next.
Dec. 7 2016 9:15 AMRevolution InterruptedBetween Fidel’s departure and Trump’s arrival, everything is up for grabs in Cuba.
Nov. 18 2016 5:54 AMCan El Chapo Escape Again?The world’s most notorious drug lord has one last chance to save his empire, and his life.
Nov. 11 2016 7:04 AMDon’t Let President Trump Keep You From Working for the GovernmentWe need our best and brightest to enter the civil and foreign services.
Oct. 18 2016 8:00 AMYemen Isn’t Just a Proxy War Between Saudi Arabia and IranIt’s as much about an old dictator trying to keep his replacement out of power.
Sept. 28 2016 11:12 AMShimon Peres Transformed Israel—and Himself—in His Final ActIsrael’s last founding father will be remembered for his optimism.
July 18 2016 7:31 PMErdogan’s CoupThe failure of the uprising against him will allow him to make the country more Islamic and more repressive.
June 29 2016 5:52 PMTurkey’s in a Terrible SpotGeography makes the country a valuable partner for the West. It also makes it vulnerable.
June 28 2016 4:30 PMWhy Brexit Is Tearing British Politics ApartAn extremely detailed guide to the U.K.’s total breakdown.
June 26 2016 7:57 PMHow Much Worse Can Venezuela Get?The country’s problems are profound and complex, with no easy answers in sight.
June 21 2016 8:00 AMStaying PowerWill the rational coalition fighting the Brexit campaign prevail?
June 12 2016 9:24 PMOmar Mateen, Lone-Wolf Terrorist  What does it mean that the Orlando shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS?
June 3 2016 4:17 PM“Developing”? Nay! Shun!The World Bank has banned the term from its flagship data publication. Good.
Jan. 30 2017 6:13 PMThe Refugees I Met in Kurdistan Were Not ThreatsThey were victims.
Jan. 20 2017 2:08 PM“We Are Evidently Aryans”Why Italian fascists embraced Hitler’s anti-Semitism.
Dec. 22 2016 5:01 PMTrump’s China-Bashing IdDoes the president-elect’s newly appointed trade czar have a plan other than blaming China for everything?
Nov. 18 2016 4:59 PMRepublic of DisappointmentWhy South Koreans are let down again and again by their leaders.
Nov. 16 2016 8:13 AMWhy America Needs MexicoWant to make America great again? It can’t happen without help from south of the border.
Nov. 2 2016 10:15 AMThe Apprentice: Chechen EditionThe strongman ruler of Chechnya is taking a cue from The Donald in his new reality show.
Sept. 29 2016 11:35 AMDon’t Cry for Me, AmericaForget the wall. Donald Trump’s appeal is textbook Latin American populism.
July 19 2016 1:57 PMThe Tragedy of Qandeel BalochThe Pakistani social media star gave voice to a generation of women.
July 15 2016 7:47 AMThe Vicious Cycle of French TerrorismAttacks create anti-Muslims sentiments that lead to radicalization that increases the risk of attacks.
June 29 2016 2:26 PMISIS Is Pushing Turkey in the Wrong DirectionThe spate of terror attacks is a blow to hopes for reform.
June 27 2016 4:53 PMLabour’s Love’s LostHow accidental leader Jeremy Corbyn got left behind in the age of accidental politics.
June 24 2016 7:16 PMWhat Brexit Looks Like to the Rest of EuropeEuropeans who gave up part of their hard-won sovereignty for the benefits of the EU are mystified.
June 20 2016 4:48 PMBrexit: What’s All This, Then?Everything you need to know about the most important political story in the world.
June 8 2016 10:52 AMWill the Author of Guantánamo Diary Finally Be Set Free?A dispatch from the Pentagon hearing that could decide his fate, after 14 years in the prison.
May 26 2016 5:57 AMWill ISIS and al-Qaida Always Be Rivals?Unifying would have benefits, but the groups have different aims.