Rising nationalism in Europe

Donald Trump’s victory in November’s election came as a shock to many in America’s political establishment. But across the Atlantic in Europe, his rise on an America-first, anti-immigrant,...

Ireland’s abortion ban under pressure

President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that he’ll nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that ended many abortion restrictions in the U.S. If he...

Turkey’s purge

The attempted military coup against Turkey's democratically-elected government last month was plenty alarming. But what's happened in the country since has many people worried as well. President Recep...

Azerbaijan’s war on independent media

Under President Ilham Aliyev, the economy of Azerbaijan has expanded spectacularly. An oil boom has fueled a 10 fold increase in the size of its economy since he took power in 2003. But under Aliyev, the...

The debate over government transparency

The United States is an open society with an open system of government. That means the press and ordinary people have the right to scrutinize how our leaders make decisions. The idea is that when government...

Pakistan, Ukraine media share growing pains

At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common. But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a...

Bosnia’s stalled recovery

Twenty years after Europe's bloodiest war since World War II, Bosnia is a country riven by ethnic divisions and poverty. After its recent application to join the European Union, Bosnians and their leaders...

U.K. considers a European ‘Brexit’

In June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether it will remain part of the European Union. The so-called “Brexit”, according to supporters, would allow the U.K. to better control immigration and free...

Russia’s information war

Russia is no stranger to conflicts, but under Vladimir Putin its most enduring one may be the war over news and information. Over the past decade the Kremlin has virtually eliminated independent television...

Catalonia’s drive to leave Spain

A year after Scots voted on whether to leave the United Kingdom, the regional parliament in Catalonia has approved a plan to secede from Spain by 2017. Spain's constitutional court has ruled the plan illegal...