Kati Marton’s paean to the four-term chancellor overlooks the contested aspects of her legacy.

The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel. By Kati Marton. William Collins; 344 pages; $28.99.

You’ve heard it before, that special form of hubris indulged by politicians and their spin doctors when faced with defeat. “Ours was the better case,” they routinely boast in reference to their proposed candidate…

A new book argues that the media’s moral panic about race has distracted Americans from the chasm of class.

Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy. By Batya Ungar-Sargon. Encounter Books; 234 pages; $28.99.

As books go, 2020 was meritocracy’s annus horribilis. Daniel Markovits warned of The Meritocracy Trap, while The Tyranny of Merit earned Michael Sandel several book-of-the-year awards. Both books pointed to meritocracy’s potential to legitimize…

Europe took a decidedly neoliberal shift thirty years ago, but centre-left moderates still view the union as a beacon of progressivism.

In the summer of 1941, as Italy warred its way to a series of territorial annexations in east Africa and the Mediterranean, a little-known anti-fascist activist by the name of Altiero Spinelli languished in prison, his restless mind fantasizing about Europe’s postbellum future. Named the Ventotene Manifesto after the island…

The right-wing journalist may be frowned upon by…

The right-wing ‘intellectuel’ is fast becoming Emmanuel Macron’s worst nightmare.

At this stage of France’s presidential campaign, the last man to doubt whether Éric Zemmour will be in the running come May 2022 may be… the man himself. Currently on tour promoting his latest book — loosely translated as France Has Not Yet Said Its Last Word (La France n’a…

The collapse of traditional governing parties across Europe has benefited radical and populist rivals — but this is not the case in Germany.

Since 1949, Germany’s political system has been all but dominated by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), with fringe parties only ever claiming only tiny morsels of the electorate. In 2013, 67% of the country’s voters backed one of these two traditional governing parties. This…

Jorge González-Gallarza

A writer in Paris, Jorge's work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Conservative, The National Interest and elsewhere.

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