BERLIN — When Angela Merkel became chancellor 16 years ago, George W. Bush was in the White House and Tony Blair was prime minister of Britain. There was no Twitter and no iPhone. Liberal democracy was in seemingly irreversible expansion, with the Orange Revolution having swept Ukraine. On Wednesday, asContinue Reading

Protesters march in Berlin to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday. John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images Protesters march in Berlin to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday. John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images Both women and men are likely to live longerContinue Reading

After Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in April 2016, he took 12 Muslim refugees from Syria, including six children, with him back to Rome aboard the papal plane. It was an act that punctuated his pleas for sympathy toward refugees just as European attitudes were hardening againstContinue Reading

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade gets people excited — at least judging by some of the responses I received when I posted on social media last week that I would be marching with the Pikachu balloon. Growing up, I often watched the parade on television. I have fond memories ofContinue Reading

It’s Never Too Late” is a series that tells the stories of people who decide to pursue their dreams on their own terms. In 1978, when Holly Herrmann was 20, she flew to Bolzano, Italy, a scenic city in the foothills of the Tyrolean Alps, to compete in the FerruccioContinue Reading

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — As the Taliban closed in on the Afghan capital, Kabul, in August, what had been a privileged education at the American University of Afghanistan suddenly became a dangerous liability. Students and staff frantically searched for an escape route from a country that, with the withdrawal of AmericanContinue Reading