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October 3, 2019

Eurozone
The Role of the European Central Bank

As Europe has weathered a succession of economic crises, the European Central Bank has responded with an aggressive set of monetary policies that have redefined the bank’s original mandate.

Workers repair the euro sign in front of ECB headquarters

February 6, 2013

Europe
Germany’s Central Bank and the Eurozone

Germany’s Bundesbank remains an influential actor in eurozone policymaking, and its recent disagreements with the ECB raise concerns about managing the zone’s debt crisis. This Backgrounder explains.

June 27, 2019

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The EU’s authority has steadily expanded as its members have passed more and more decision-making power to the union. How do its institutions work?

Members of the European Parliament during a voting session.

February 19, 2020

Yemen
Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s mounting internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

February 13, 2020

Coronavirus
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak

A new coronavirus that originated in China has sparked fears of a potential pandemic, as health experts seek to answer questions about how it spreads.

Dozens of people wear face masks and carry suitcases while walking through a Beijing railway station.

February 13, 2020

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory in Crisis

The Caribbean island, which shares a close yet fraught relationship with the rest of the United States, faces a multilayered economic and social crisis, rooted in long-standing policy and compounded …

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Puerto Rico.

February 12, 2020

China
Huawei: China’s Controversial Tech Giant

The Chinese telecommunications company faces accusations from President Donald J. Trump and other leaders that Beijing could use it for cyber espionage. The outcome of the struggle could shape the wo…

A woman in business clothing walks in front of a large screen that displays the red Huawei logo.

February 10, 2020

Americas
U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

Record-breaking numbers of unaccompanied children have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, leading the Trump administration to expand child detention policies and sparking debate over how to han…

A young girl carries a child inside an immigrant holding area. Barbed wire and other people frame the photo.

February 5, 2020

Ukraine
Ukraine: Conflict at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia

Ukraine has struggled to forge an independent path, torn between Europe and the United States in the West and its long-standing ties to Russia in the East.

An anti-government protester sits on a monument during clashes with riot police in Kyiv on February 20, 2014.

February 5, 2020

China
China’s Modernizing Military

The People’s Liberation Army is aiming to become the dominant force in the Asia-Pacific, strengthening China’s hand toward Taiwan and international disputes in the South China Sea.

Dozens of Chinese soldiers march in lines, holding guns and wearing camouflage, in preparation for a military parade.