Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


The steps include more than 2,600 new agents and greater tools for surveillance.

  • Jan 21, 2015

While European citizens can move freely, scrutiny of their travel varies — a weakness used by the Paris attackers. To fix those flaws, officials have proposed creating an air traveler database.

  • Jan 19, 2015

Belgian leaders vow to track him down as Europe continues to deal with a homegrown terrorism threat.

  • Jan 18, 2015

Some analysts say Muslim youth are vulnerable to radicalization because they’re treated as outsiders.

  • Jan 17, 2015

The arrests came hours before Belgium sought new powers to monitor and punish terror suspects.

  • Jan 16, 2015

The dramatic police strikes that foiled “a major imminent attack” coincided with heightened alerts across Europe in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.

  • Jan 15, 2015

Islamist recruiting has flourished in the country, and the killings in France have spawned new challenges.

  • Jan 15, 2015

President Hollande said his country’s values cannot be eroded.

  • Jan 15, 2015

Thousands of police officers and soldiers will guard rallies Sunday, a sign of the rising fears of violence by militants living in Europe.

  • Jan 10, 2015

The woman’s whereabouts raise questions of militant associations.

  • Jan 10, 2015
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Michael Birnbaum is The Post’s Moscow bureau chief, responsible for the countries that once made up the Soviet Union. He previously served as the Berlin correspondent and as an education reporter in Washington. He has covered the Egyptian Revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. He has also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.
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