Two decades ago, Bill Clinton famously kept himself on message in his successful bid to unseat President George H.W. Bush by repeatedly invoking the phrase: "It's the economy, stupid." It was... read more

Visiting playwright Vaclav Havel in his Prague apartment overlooking the Vltava River in the 1980s, foreign correspondents were often stopped by police or secret police watching his building, who... read more

Otto and Elise Hampel were improbable German resisters. By all accounts, the working-class, middle-aged couple accepted Hitler’s New Order up until 1940. Then, during the invasion of France, Elise... read more

Back in the 1920s, American correspondents based in Europe were writing about a new phenomenon. "The Americanization of Europe proceeds merrily apace," Karl von Wiegand wrote in The Washington... read more

If he were still alive, John Paul would view the current upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East with hope.

Critics of John Paul II's beatification this Sunday say it's both too... read more


During the midterm elections, candidates largely ignored foreign policy. Not even the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq... read more

These days my fanatical allegiance to the San Francisco Giants usually evokes puzzled looks. After all, I was born in Scotland of Polish parents, who came to the United States when I was less than... read more


When Chancellor Angela Merkel said multiculturalism in Germany has “utterly failed,” the commentariat revolt was swift, and way off the mark. Merkel was accused of pandering to... read more


Lee stands up to his communist foe.


Don’t be fooled by the recent signs of a thaw between the Koreas. Pyongyang and Seoul have discussed... read more

On August 31, Poland will commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Gdansk agreement that gave birth to Solidarity, the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc.

By staging... read more