Europe’s boring leader problem

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Europe’s boring leader problem


A trinity of beige? If Sarkozy goes next year, Europe will be ruled by the world's most boring leaders

Europe is suffering its worst crisis since the second world war, says Jean-Claude Trichet, the outgoing head of the European Central Bank. Yet instead of De Gaulle and Churchill, today’s continent is led by an altogether blander bunch.

Angela Merkel, the most important politician in Europe, is a byword for dullness (“zero charisma, zero glamour,” as Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post once put it, and she meant it as a compliment).

Opinion polls suggest that next spring Nicolas Sarkozy—French president, husband of supermodel Carla Bruni, who told David Cameron to “shut up” at the weekend—will be bumped from office by a stodgy Socialist, François Hollande: a man who has been doing his best to project an image of earnest competence. As Jonathan Fenby writes in this month’s Prospect,

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  1. October 26, 2011

    JJ Stranko

    Berlusconi anyone???

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  2. October 26, 2011

    Mark Leach

    I think I like my politicians boring!

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  3. October 26, 2011

    Julius P A Gittens

    Hey, if boring saves the Euro, fine. If the opposite of boring is corruption, near-paedophilia or insufferable vanity, the people of Europe could do worse than pick colourless leaders.

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