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  1. Youssou N’Dour: singer-statesman

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    The news that Youssou N’Dour, perhaps Africa’s most famous musician, is running for president of Senegal is not entirely unexpected—he had announced plans to “enter the political arena” last November. Canny observers might have spotted the telltale signs in a 2007 Guardian interview, when N’Dour claimed that “I don’t want...
  2. Europe’s boring leader problem

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    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...
  3. Forza Napolitano!

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    In his latest book, Forza, Italia!, Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, draws a line between what he defines as the ‘bad’ and the ‘good’ Italy. The bad Italy, he claims, is dragging the country down, preventing it from liberating the energy which the good Italy has been injecting...


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