Friday, June 23, 2017
  1. The EU’s Mafia State

    Bálint Magyar

    The EU’s Mafia State

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     explains how Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has replaced democracy with clientelism.

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    Following the collapse of communism, many people in Central and Eastern Europe had hoped that the region would steadily move toward liberal democracy, and that any obstacles en route could be overcome. But as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's regime shows, older systems of patronage and corruption have survived. READ MORE
  2. The Russian-Roulette Presidency

    Elizabeth Drew

    The Russian-Roulette Presidency

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     thinks the multiple investigations into Donald Trump's presidency are beginning to leave their mark.

    Newsart for The Russian-Roulette Presidency Bill Clark/Getty Images
    Unless US President Donald Trump decides to return to his gilded Manhattan tower, the metastasizing crisis of his presidency will continue. Separate investigations in the US Congress are underway, and the investigation by the Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, is just getting started. READ MORE
  3. The Death of the Party

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    The Death of the Party

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     considers why major political parties, from India's Congress to France's Socialists, are declining.

    Newsart for The Death of the Party Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images
    Today, once-great political parties in the West and some developing countries seem to be going the way of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. But whereas the CPSU’s demise was perfectly logical, the decline of major political parties in countries like France, India, and South Africa is not so easy to explain. READ MORE
  4. Britain’s Deepening Confusion

    Robert Skidelsky

    Britain’s Deepening Confusion

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     surveys the UK's disorienting post-election political terrain – and spots two certain casualties.

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    This month's general election superimposed on the political divide over Brexit a more traditional left-right split, with a resurgent Labour Party capitalizing on voter discontent with Conservative budget cuts. The only certainty is that the next government will abandon austerity and insist on controlling immigration. READ MORE
  5. The End of the Trump Administration?

    Jorge G. Castañeda

    The End of the Trump Administration?

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     considers how the US president's term could be cut short – and why that may not be desirable.

    trump protest Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
    The world’s view of US President Donald Trump’s administration is changing for the worse. In fact, the chaos and controversy that have marked Trump’s short time in office have deepened doubts, both inside and outside the US, about whether his presidency will even survive its entire four-year term. READ MORE
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