Our cover this week looks at Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party. His organising principle is loyalty—not, as with the best presidents, to a principle or a vision, but to a leader: himself. In the past the Oval Office has belonged to vain men, some of whom have lied or bullied or undermined presidential norms. None has been as blatant as Mr Trump, but the cult of loyalty protects him, just as it harms America
The ruling Law and Justice government has purged the public administration, peddled conspiracy theories, neutered the constitutional tribunal and sown deep divisions inside the country and between Poland and its allies. It isn’t finished yet
The government has reined in bad debts and dealt with overcapacity; investment in infrastructure is paying off; demand from America and Europe is healthy. However, a potential trade war and the profligacy of local officials could yet unsettle the next few quarters
Artificial-intelligence experts have got a robot to assemble an IKEA flatpack—for the first time uniting the worlds of Allen keys and Alan Turing. As well as being able to relax in a nice new chair, the scientists have highlighted a profound truth about automation
Our cover story this week describes how Germany is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip. Post-war German history has moved in cycles of about 25 years. First came the era of reconstruction. Then the federal republic began to reckon frankly with its war guilt. In its latest phase, from the 1990s, Germany has reunified, become a normal country again and shed some of the fetters of its past. Now the wheels of history are turning once more. With the right leadership, Germany could be a...
Facebook’s boss impressed many onlookers, and the markets, with his smooth, if slightly robotic, performance before politicians on Capitol Hill. Investors may be betting that the worst of “Facegate” could be over. But it is too soon to count on it