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  • Poland’s challenge to EU values

    The ruling nationalist party is on track to end the independence of the courts, forcing both Poles and the European Union to reassert equality before the law. Such a democratic principle helps unite Europe against the kind of inequality of rights that ignites war.

  • How Germany forced a rethink of Africa

    At last week’s G20 summit, Germany won a major boost of private investment in Africa as a way to stem mass migration. But first Germany itself had to look at its own neglect of the continent.

  • In G20 protests, a different view of extremism

    Violent protests in Hamburg revealed the rise in left-wing extremism in Germany. But the challenge of the extremist mind-set – either left- or right-wing – is in many ways the same worldwide.   

  • Turning down the temperature on town halls

    Town halls are a crucial tool in creating connections between citizens and their lawmakers. But how do you mix civility with passion? There are ways.

  • Angela Merkel and overcoming division

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen her country overcome deep skepticism to become unified and integrated into Europe. The next step, as she sees it, is for Germany to become a more unifying force globally. 

  • The tiny cracks inside North Korea

    North Korea's missile tests present a picture of a threat to the world. But the world is pushing back in small ways that matter, too. 


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Participants drive their cars during the Ennstal Classic oldtimer rally on the road to Soelkpass, Austria, on July 20.

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  • Hong Kong’s uneasy deal with China

    ‘One country, two systems’ has allowed the island to keep its independent democratic system. But after 20 years the agreement shows signs of eroding.

  • Canada at 150

    Its separation from Britain wasn’t as sudden or violent as that of the American colonies. But Canada has its own history to celebrate – and ponder – as it marks 150 years as a nation.

  • A ‘secret sauce’ for youths?

    The ‘success sequence’ – finish high school, find a job, don’t have children before marriage – may give young people a path to a good life.

  • Famine must receive more of the world’s attention

    Americans shouldn’t be distracted from addressing one of the world’s great crises: starvation affecting millions.

  • A cold shoulder to Cuba

    President Trump’s dramatic announcement of a new policy looks more like another tweak in a long line of efforts to get the Castro regime to reform or step down.

  • Renewable energy at a ‘tipping point’

    Washington may be showing less interest in alternative fuels, but the worldwide picture is dramatically different.

  • A call to ‘fear-guard’ countries in a pandemic

    Health experts drawing lessons from recent disease outbreaks say the world can do more to prevent ‘fear contagion.’ Doing so will improve the care and comfort needed during a crisis.

  • The law that has a soldier’s back

    As the US military hits out at new targets – Iran, Syria, and various terrorist groups – Congress must renew the legal authority for such actions. Soldiers must know that Americans support an agreed strategy. And foes must know of US resolve. 

  • France’s drive for ethical politics

    A new president and his young party have already shaken the traditional (and often corrupt) political order. Now Emmanuel Macron aims to set tough rules on ethics for French lawmakers. How will his reform differ from that in other countries?

  • When prayer helps end conflicts

    Religious leaders have achieved a truce between rebel groups in the Central African Republic through a ‘spiritually inspired’ method.