In Box

Epiphanies From Christine Lagarde

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund on her frustrations with Congress, how the IMF saved Ukraine, and why her institution is poised to be more relevant than ever.

FP Staff |


Vladimir Putin Hates the TTIP

Which is exactly why Europe and America need to get it done.

James Stavridis |


Can FIFA’s Corruption Be Stopped?

The world’s governing body of soccer is reeling from a scandal involving the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. But making it accountable will take more than an investigation.

Roger Pielke Jr. |


Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |


Greece's Neo-Nazis Were Scarier Than Anyone Imagined

Prosecutors in the trials to disband Golden Dawn claim the group slaughtered sheep to practice knife techniques, carried around bazookas, and was training to “break into parliament with tanks.”

Yiannis Baboulias |


L'Affaire Baraçois Hollandbama

American and French politics seem to be devolving in parallel. That's bad news for the left in both countries.

Robert Zaretsky |


8 Things That Were Better in East Germany*

Remembering the "glory days" of nudity, breast milk, and recycling 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Paul Hockenos |


The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

The United States has misinterpreted the end of Communism for a quarter of a century. It's time to set the record straight.

Melvyn P. Leffler |


Erdogan's Unsung Victory

Turkey's strongman has broken the power of the military. Could that ensure the long-term victory of democracy?

Nick Danforth |

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.

Christian Caryl |


Germany's Revolution in Small Batch, Artisanal Energy

The industrial engine of Europe is increasingly powered by backyard windmills and locally owned solar panels. And this complex, patchwork system just might be the future of sustainable energy.

Paul Hockenos |


Ukraine Wins

A successful parliamentary election opens a window of hope for an embattled country.

James Kirchick |


The Regretful Jihadists of the Islamic State

The West is terrified of foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria. But not all of them are trying to bring jihad with them.

Leela Jacinto |


Is Laziness the Cause of Economic Inequality?

Americans and the British lean toward moral weakness, but the rest of the world blames government policies.

Bruce Stokes |


At the Back of the Class

Is the international community about to censure Hungary for giving up on its young democratic institutions?

Elizabeth Winkler |


The Resurrection of Nicolas Sarkozy

France’s enfant terrible ex-president is back and basking in the limelight. 

Tracy McNicoll |


Ukraine Gas Boss: 'Gazprom Destroyed Its Image as a Reliable Supplier'

Foreign Policy sat down with the leaders of Ukraine's Naftogaz to talk Russia, Europe, energy, and the coming winter.

Keith Johnson |


The Peat Monster

Finland's pristine environment has been ruined, activists say, by an out-of-control energy giant -- turning once pristine lakes into brown pools teeming with "monkey disease."

Britt Peterson |


Don't Give the Pope the Peace Prize

Francis may be a transformational leader, but so was Obama in 2009.

Elias Groll |


The Curious Case of Moazzam Begg

As Britain grapples with what to do about citizens returning from Syria, a prominent terrorism case raises more questions than answers.

Ruth Michaelson |


You Wouldn't Kill Margaret Thatcher if You Knew How Hot She Was

Why Hilary Mantel's controversial short story about an imagined assassination of the former prime minister misunderstands the Iron Lady.

Michael Weiss |


Hong Kong Pride

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest isn’t only about freedom. It’s also about identity.

Peter Rutland |


Let's Make a Deal

Europe brings Russia and Ukraine closer to a natural gas deal that could avert a nasty winter -- if Russian energy brinkmanship is really over.

Keith Johnson |


The Scottish Question Has Not Been Answered

The referendum may have failed, but tens of thousands of people have signed up with pro-yes parties in the week since the vote.    

Peter Geoghegan |


Germany's Jewish Problem

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany. But is Angela Merkel doing anything about it?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Lab Report

Either With Us or Against Us

As Turkey's ruling party consolidates its power, the space for free expression narrows. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.

Vanessa H. Larson |


From Glasgow to Kashmir

Will Scotland's vote spur separatism in Asia?

Jonah Blank |


Scottish Hangover

A day after their referendum on independence, Scots take stock.

Peter Geoghegan |

Photo Essay

Once Upon a Time in Edinburgh

Old views of a Scottish capital.

FP Staff |


Like Stratego, But With More Bagpipes

The fight for Scottish independence, coming to a living room table near you.

Michael Peck |