The Machiavellian Genius of Angela Merkel
September 22, 2013

To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking.

Why Do Europeans Cause So Many Train Wrecks? Or, the Idiocy of Malcolm Gladwell's Cultural Determinism
July 31, 2013

Blaming Korean culture for the Asiana crash is as idiotic as blaming Europe for the Spanish train wreck. Which doesn't stop people from doing it!

Throw the Bums Out!
The populist moment in Europe and the United States
March 04, 2013

Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.

Obama's Pivot to Europe
Forget China. An EU trade deal would be the real game-changer.
February 20, 2013

Forget China: A trade deal with Europe would be the real game-changer.

Euro Skepticism
Why Benedict XVI tried, and failed, to evangelize Europe
February 13, 2013

Benedict XVI's central ambition was to evangelize his homeland. Why did he fail so badly?

Obama's Europe Troubles, Thomas Friedman’s Self Indulgence, and Women with Guns: Today's TNR Reader
August 10, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Thomas Friedman’s columns are not just self-indulgent. They are an assault on humanity. Jacobin Magazine | 7 min (1,717 words) One woman reflects: does owning a gun make her, and other black females, a frontier feminist or an insurrectionist? Bitch Magazine | 15 min (3,803 words) Obama inherited strained relationships with Europe.

What Happened to Europe?
August 02, 2012

ABOUT FIFTY YEARS AGO, in 1961, Jean-Paul Sartre complained about the state of Europe. “Europe is springing leaks everywhere,” he wrote. He went on to remark that “it simply is that in the past we made history and now history is being made of us.” Sartre was undoubtedly too pessimistic.

Spider-Man, Crusaders, and Angry Young Men: Today’s TNR Reader
July 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Something new from an old master: A short story by Elmore Leanord. The Atlantic | 9 min (2,276 words) Spider-Man. Again. And Again. Why Hollywood keeps making the same movie.  Grantland | 6 min (1,433 words) Everyone fears a return to the 1930s. Especially in Europe.

Street Fighting Man: How a Former Anarchist Revolutionary Plans to Save Europe
July 13, 2012

Europe's 1960s protest movement sought to chart a path to political power in the interest of a socialist agenda—a “long march through the institutions” is what they called it.

The Solution For Europe? Scott Walker.
June 15, 2012

It’s small consolation for the pain and havoc being experienced across much of Europe, and for the economic fallout that is hitting us over on this side of the Atlantic, but there is a bit of amusement to be had these days in the confusion that the European crisis is causing on the American right.