America’s international influence means that its elections matter far beyond its borders. The Clinton-Trump debate this week was scrutinized for inklings of what a Trump presidency in particular might mean.
Though the arms business is booming in France, it is doing so by selling to human-rights violators – drawing the ire of the UN. A separate leak of submarine data also has potential clients questioning France's reliability.
Politicians have failed to adapt their message to voters’ concerns that they are getting sidelined. That’s made it easy for populists to play on people’s concerns that they are losing control over their lives.