Europe

Politics

Europe is concerned by Trump’s renewed criticism of NATO and the EU

Alarm bells are ringing in European capitals after President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was obsolete. In an interview with two leading European newspapers, Trump also criticized the European Union and said he would consider lifting sanctions against Russia. He also made a direct attack on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader of one of America’s most important traditional allies.

Lifestyle & Belief

Does France's 'burqa ban' protect — or persecute?

In 2004, France banned the wearing of all conspicuous religious symbols in grade schools. Then, in 2010, France enacted the so-called "burqa ban," making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the traditional face and body covering in public. These rules, based in France’s extreme separation of church and state, have stirred debate over whether France is protecting secularism or stifling religious freedom.