The strongman era

Populists Benjamin Netanyahu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Narendra Modi and Nicolás Maduro fight electoral battles while Donald Trump survives the Mueller inquiry. But Slovakia is a liberal ray of hope. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

Economic problems have loosened Turkish leader’s political grip

A trip to Jerusalem has become almost compulsory for today’s ‘strongman’ leaders

After a significant defeat in local polls, the Turkish president must take stock

Next to this act of self-harm, Mueller’s report has less power to damage the president

Zuzana Caputova’s election is a victory for liberalism in a populist age

Prime minister’s ‘chowkidar’ campaign reminds us of his skill in political marketing

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