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E.U.’s Leadership Seeks to Contain Hungary’s Orban

“It would be easy to, say, establish a new formation from like-minded Central European parties — or, indeed, a Pan-European anti-immigration formation,” Mr. Orban said in a June speech dedicated to Mr. Kohl’s memory. “There is no doubt that we Read more…


Merkel and Putin Sound Pragmatic Notes After Years of Tension

BERLIN — The personal relationship between Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is often boiled down to certain anecdotes: her put-downs about his role in the K.G.B., his attempts to rattle her by bringing Read more…


Trump vs. Merkel: Blistering Salvo Meets Gentle Rejoinder

They have called the idea of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense — which Mr. Trump has not only insisted on but now says he wants to double — ludicrous and arbitrary. That view is shared by Read more…


For Europe, Cutting the Flow of Migrants Challenges Basic Ideals

But is this the Europe of its founders, or is it something harsher, less optimistic and self-confident? Mr. Kurz, whose country has just taken over the revolving presidency of the European Union, acknowledges that this is “an important moment, a Read more…


Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained

The near political breakdown in Germany marks the beginning of the end for the European experiment, for an era of openness toward refugees and migrants in the West, and for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor at the center of the Read more…


Merkel’s Government Teeters as Conservatives Clash on Migration

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany struggled to keep her government together on Monday, after her rebellious Bavarian interior minister first threatened to resign, then backtracked, and finally gave her a second ultimatum on creating a hard border with Read more…


Bavaria: Affluent, Picturesque — and Angry

MUNICH — All seems well in Bavaria. The streets are clean, unemployment is practically nonexistent, social benefits are generous and a vibrant sense of identity infuses small villages and big cities alike: Even teenagers sometimes don dirndls and lederhosen for Read more…


In U.S. and Europe, Migration Conflict Points to Deeper Political Problems

LONDON — Major political conflicts are playing out both in the United States and in Europe over immigration and refugees. While the clashes might look similar on the surface, and do in fact share much in common, they’re also different Read more…


Merkel Says Migration Could Make or Break the E.U.

If she fails to reach an agreement that would allow her to turn back certain groups of migrants at the German border, the Bavarians could quit her government, a move that would most likely put her out of a job Read more…


As Summit Nears, NATO Allies Have One Main Worry: Trump

BRUSSELS — NATO has been preparing for its July summit meeting for a year now, but there is one wild card: President Trump. Nobody knows which president will show up — the truculent one railing about inadequate military spending by Read more…