Europe’s border pushback

Agreements with countries like Turkey, Sudan and Libya have helped the European Union dramatically cut the flow of migrants to the continent. But some of these partnerships have generated controversy amid...

Poland’s declining democracy

Poland was once a model democracy in eastern Europe. Yet since 2015 when the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidency and lower house of parliament, there have been big changes. Law and...

Militarization of space

In early August, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a “Space Force.” The White House’s effort comes in response to advances by China,...

Press freedom in Macedonia and Mexico

On this edition, part two of our look at press freedom and how journalists do their jobs in countries where just reporting the news can be a big challenge. For this, we'll talk to a reporter working in...

Arctic shipping grows as ice melts

For hundreds of years, European explorers sought a direct sea route from Europe to Asia. Now as Arctic ice melts, just such a route is opening across northern Russia.  In August a Russian-owned tanker...

Europe confronts Russian hacking

There has been broad fallout from Russian efforts to hack the 2016 U.S. election, including sanctions, worsening relations between the two countries and a continued cloud over Donald Trump's...

Europe’s veil bans target Muslim women

Since France banned women from wearing veils that covered the face in public in 2011, a growing number of European nations have passed similar restrictions. Belgium, Bulgaria and Austria have passed similar...

Europe’s immigration quagmire

Back in 2015, the immigration crisis in Europe was in headlines worldwide. Since then the numbers of people crossing the by sea to the continent has declined from more than 1 million annually to just...

Gay rights in Russia

Over the past year, authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have reportedly arrested dozens of gay men, in some cases imprisoning them for weeks and torturing them with electric shocks. Combined...

Turkey’s dying democracy

Fifteen years ago, Turkey was the great democratic beacon of the Islamic world. Back then Turkey’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was viewed as a moderate Islamist and modernizer. How times...