• Germans elect a new government but miss a debate over their future

    BERLIN — A sleepy German election Sunday will be a bookend of sorts to this year’s string of high-stakes contests across Europe, seen as decisive measures of the reach of far-right populism after the election of Donald Trump and the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. Even though Germany’s far-right faction — […]

  • Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska

    MOSCOW — An aluminum magnate who survived the gangster capitalism of the 1990s and the financial crisis of 2008, Oleg Deripaska is a shrewd self-made billionaire who has managed to stay on the right side of power, whether by marrying into “the family” of Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, or by making himself indispensable to its current one, Vladimir Putin. As my Washington-based colleagues reported […]

  • German far-right leader says Merkel’s refugee policy enabled his party’s rise

    Alexander Gauland, 76, is co-leader of the far-right, anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany, which is known by its German acronym, AfD. The party, which Gauland helped found in 2013, began as a protest against European bailouts in Greece. But it is now principally known for its anti-immigration and anti-refugee positions. Polls show that the party […]

  • Travelers beware: Meth-laced 7Up reportedly causes death in Mexico

    Methamphetamine-laced 7Up has reportedly caused one death and sent seven other people to the hospital in northern Mexico, prompting warnings to travelers from U.S. health professionals. Mexican authorities have removed the soft drink from shelves in the Mexicali area, just south of the California border, and are investigating how the drug made its way into the soda, according to a news […]