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Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Europe’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’

Frans Timmermans on COP27 and how Brussels navigates a frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing.

Men wearing traditional Bavarian outfit dance the local dance "Schuhplattler" during a parade at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival on Sept. 18, 2005.
Men wearing traditional Bavarian outfit dance the local dance "Schuhplattler" during a parade at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival on Sept. 18, 2005.

Europeans Have Weapons—But Aren’t Warriors

Military spending can’t make up for the continent’s lack of military culture.

A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.
A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.

It’s No Crime to Be a Russian Soldier in Ukraine

Moscow’s war is unjust, but there’s no moral obligation for soldiers to refuse to fight.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.

Scotland’s Independence Dream Hits a Dead End

The U.K. Supreme Court ruling makes another referendum all but impossible, forcing nationalists to change their strategy.

Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.

Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo

Serbia’s schadenfreude will be on display as the national team seeks revenge against a rival stacked with stars of Kosovar heritage.

Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.
Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.

Iran Is Filling Armenia’s Power Vacuum

Tehran has been eager to make up for Russia’s newfound absence in the South Caucasus.

A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.
A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.

Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Here’s Why.

The Kremlin’s ability to wage war is already constrained, but the worst is yet to come.

Spectators hold portraits of former German national team soccer player Mesut Ozil during a World Cup match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Nov. 27.
Spectators hold portraits of former German national team soccer player Mesut Ozil during a World Cup match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Nov. 27.

Mesut Ozil’s Ghost Still Haunts Germany

Proposed citizenship reform offers a chance at redemption.

Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, speaks during a reception.
Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, speaks during a reception.

France Tries to Get Onside With Washington Ahead of First State Visit

Foreign Policy talked with the French ambassador about energy, the war, and looming trade tensions.

Erdogan and Biden both smile while shaking hands. Biden appears to be laughing.
Erdogan and Biden both smile while shaking hands. Biden appears to be laughing.

How U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds Actually Benefits Erdogan

Washington’s relationship with the YPG is a useful foil for the Turkish president ahead of the 2023 election.

A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.
A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.

The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson

One small town in Ukraine held off a Russian attack and helped liberate a key regional capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.

Turkey Is NATO’s Pivot Point Over Ukraine

Erdogan is trying to strike a balance of being pro-Ukraine but not anti-Russia.

A police officer is reflected in the logo of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) at the OSCE headquarters in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on Feb. 21.
A police officer is reflected in the logo of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) at the OSCE headquarters in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on Feb. 21.

Will Russia Kill the OSCE?

Moscow is derailing peacekeeping missions and disrupting the budget process, threatening an organization that is vital to European security.

Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.
Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.

The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate

The war continues to be discussed in ways that are self-serving—and self-defeating.

Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.
Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.

Ukraine Battles On in the Dark

Russia’s terror campaign against Ukraine’s power plants is cutting off the lights—and energizing resistance.

A protester holds a placard with the words “Russians are against Putin and the war.”
A protester holds a placard with the words “Russians are against Putin and the war.”

Russian Exiles Struggle to Form a United Opposition to Putin

Historically, Russian emigrants have been reluctant to form exile communities and have tried to assimilate.

An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Russia’s Great Reverse Migration

Central Asians used to flee the Soviet empire’s periphery for Moscow. Russia’s mobilization has sent escaping Muscovites in the other direction.

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