Russia's Victory in Georgia On Monday, voters in the former Soviet republic of Georgia went to the polls in what international observers have called the country’s most competitive and credible election in history. The results took most international observers by surprise, as the opposition Georgian Dream coalition, led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, won an upset victory over the ruling...

In Defeat, Georgia's President Confounds His Critics TBILISI, Georgia — The results are in. The party of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has lost the parliamentary election. And, in what is perhaps the biggest surprise of all, Saakashvili has conceded without a fuss. His United National Movement lost parliamentary elections Monday to the opposition Georgian Dream coalition 55 percent to 40 percent, with...

Georgia's Electoral Showdown TBILISI, Georgia — To appreciate the level of political polarization in Georgia — which held nationwide parliamentary elections Monday — take the case of a 10-month-old girl found drowned Sunday evening in a wine jug. Late Sunday night, reports surfaced that Barbare Rapaliani, an infant from the village of Kolagi, had gone missing. “We were...

Wrong Way Down the Danube How Hungary's Democratic Backsliding Threatens Europe

Meet Europe's New Fascists Hungary’s far-right activists used to rally in the streets. Now they’re in parliament, where their party, Jobbik, is stoking hatred of Jews and Roma.

Brush With Controversy The Czech Republic debates artistic freedom—again.

Egyptian Liberals Against The Revolution Free societies mean more than just free elections. Sitting in a Pizza Hut just a block from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Mina Rezkalla can’t stop telling me how much he loves Seinfeld. This is strange not least because Egypt is one of the most anti-Semitic countries in the world and Jerry Seinfeld’s eponymous television series is an exemplar...

A Superhero Manqué and His Battle Against Czech Indifference For most foreigners who visit the capital of the Czech Republic, the most memorable experience tends to be a stop at Prague Castle, a walk along the Charles Bridge at night, or perhaps a dinner cruise on the scenic Vltava River. For me, it’s stepping in dog shit. I have never visited a city with...