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

SANTIAGO, Chile — Lawmakers in Chile on Tuesday legalized same-sex marriage, a landmark victory for gay rights activists that underscores how profoundly the country’s politics and society have shifted in the past decade. By overwhelming majorities in both chambers, lawmakers put the unions of same-sex couples on par with others,Continue Reading

US President Joe Biden addresses CEOs of various industries at the White House in Washington on November 29, 2021 to discuss the holiday shopping season. The politics of small businesses are similar in some respects to the politics of most Americans: it has become too partisan. But President Biden’s approvalContinue Reading

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Micronesia’s president accused China of “political warfare” in a letter to other national leaders and discussed switching diplomatic allegiance from China to Taiwan in exchange for $50 million. President David Panuelo said China had been using nefarious tactics, including spying and offering bribes, in an effortContinue Reading

Here, Iran’s goal is to become a major supplier of natural gas and deepen relations with Azerbaijan and Central Asia. Workers stand by a gas pipeline near the Turkmen city of Serkhetabat during the opening ceremony of the TAPI project, an Afghan section of a natural gas pipeline connecting TurkmenistanContinue Reading

Magdalena Andersson hopes to lead her Social Democrats to victory in next year’s election, while under fire from the far right. STOCKHOLM — Magdalena Andersson’s back — and hoping to return her Social Democrats to their glory days. Andersson was named Sweden’s prime minister for the second time in fiveContinue Reading

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara Duterte arrive for the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018. AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP via Getty Images Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara Duterte arrive for the opening of the BoaoContinue Reading

On November 25, 2021, Romania ended one of its most controversial and unnecessarily long political crises. Following the September 2021 internal elections, the National Liberal Party (PNL) almost destroyed its alliance with the Romanian Rescue Union (USR) and the Hungarian Minority Party (UDMR), two smaller parties. The new leader ofContinue Reading