And each side is riven by sharp internal divisions that make a deal difficult.
The field was lackluster and riven by scandal (hello, Carlos Danger).
It was riven with rivalries, some of her people were deeply disloyal, and the dirty laundry was aired in public.
But on the French left — riven by ideological splits from competing centuries — that job is akin to herding cats.
These things were supposed to protect Sweden from the class-and-ethnic conflict that has riven the United States, Britain, France.
Every rock along the shore appeared to sink into an abyss as the lightning passed by, and many of them were riven.
His god appeared to be riven from him, and the revulsion in his mind was terrible.
It hath been riven in pieces, burnt, and otherwise destroyed; but ever on the subsequent day it is seen filling its wonted place.
The tower is riven, and it may be climbed along the edges of the crack.
In its midst was a blackened tree-trunk, limbless, 150 riven; a forest giant blasted by some mountain storm.
"tear in pieces, strike asunder," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rifa "to tear apart" (cf. Swedish rifva, Danish rive "scratch, tear"), from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (see riparian).