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Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, responding to a stinging critique last week by President Reuven Rivlin, sitting next to him, at the opening of the winter session of Parliament in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Jerusalem Memo: Is the End of Israeli Democracy Nigh? Israelis Debate Its Future

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, responding to a stinging critique last week by President Reuven Rivlin, sitting next to him, at the opening of the winter session of Parliament in Jerusalem.
The Interpreter: Why Democracy Feels Like a Dangerous Game

The Interpreter: Why Democracy Feels Like a Dangerous Game

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, front right, took part in a legislative session last week in Berlin that also included the co-leader of the far-right party Alternative for Germany, Alexander
Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What’s a Bigger Threat, ‘Normalization’ or Alarmism?

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What’s a Bigger Threat, ‘Normalization’ or Alarmism?

People attending the funeral of Piotr Szczesny in Krakow, Poland, on Nov. 14. Szczesny died after setting himself on fire to protest Poland’s far-right government.
Op-Ed Columnist: The Glory of Democracy

Op-Ed Columnist: The Glory of Democracy

Thomas Mann at his desk in New York in 1943.
Opinion: Who’s a Spaniard These Days?

Opinion: Who’s a Spaniard These Days?

Carles Puigdemont, the pro-independence Catalan regional president, speaking to the press in October.

Is There Something Wrong With Democracy?

For years, the number of democracies in the world had been on the rise, but recently the trend has stalled. The New York Times journalists Max Fisher and Amanda Taub explore why some democratic
Op-Ed Contributor: China Reaches Into the Heart of Europe

Op-Ed Contributor: China Reaches Into the Heart of Europe

President Xi Jinping of China and his wife Peng Liyuan sit with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Reinhard Grindel, president of the German Football Association, at a children’s soccer game
The Interpreter: How Germany’s New Coalition Explains Europe’s Uncertain Future

The Interpreter: How Germany’s New Coalition Explains Europe’s Uncertain Future

Germany’s new coalition: Left, Horst Seehofer, leader of the conservative Christian Social Union; Chancellor Angela Merkel; and Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrats.
The Interpreter: How Germany’s New Coalition Explains Europe’s Uncertain Future

The Interpreter: How Germany’s New Coalition Explains Europe’s Uncertain Future

Germany’s new coalition: Left, Horst Seehofer, leader of the conservative Christian Social Union; Chancellor Angela Merkel; and Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrats.
Op-Ed Contributor: Goodbye Castros, Hello Communist Party

Op-Ed Contributor: Goodbye Castros, Hello Communist Party

Members vote at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba. President Raúl Castro has pledged to step aside during upcoming elections, meaning someone other than a Castro will almost certainly lead the
The Interpreter: Xi Sets China on a Collision Course With History

The Interpreter: Xi Sets China on a Collision Course With History

President Xi Jinping of China, front row center, at the closing ceremony of the Party Congress in Beijing last year.