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A trinity of beige? If Sarkozy goes next year, France, Germany and Poland will have some of 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…

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