Who is the most powerful person in Europe? – POLITICS


Power is changing fast in Europe, so help us chart who’s really in control in 2022.

POLITICO’s annual list of the 28 most powerful people we think would make big decisions across Europe this year was released in early December. It was the result of months of debate within our 100-strong editorial team across the continent.

Since then, Russia has invaded Ukraine, sparking the largest conventional military conflict in post-war Europe. Such a defining event upsets our assumptions for the rest of the year. Instead of focusing on pandemic management, economic recovery and the rule of law, European leaders face an urgent and imminent security threat that marks a milestone in the post-Cold War era. .

This prompts us to re-examine the power matrix of doers, dreamers and disruptors in Europe in 2022. Please remember that this list is not a political beauty contest or an endorsement of any of the individuals on it. . Far from there. Our goal was to predict who would make the political weather forecast and take the big calls – for better or for worse.

Did we understand correctly?

With two months of the year already behind us – and very important months at that – we would like your help.

On March 22, POLITICO is hosting a gala to get back on the list, and we want to ask you, our readers, who should be on it and who should be left out.

For example, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not make the final cut for the POLITICO 28 promotion of 2022. He has since become a leader not only able to rally his people and defend his own country, but able to persuade to other European heads of government to take the kind of decisions that were unthinkable a few days ago. Who would have bet that would happen last December?

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been forced to cancel the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and pay for the weapons that will be sent to Ukraine, breaking a long-standing taboo. Elsewhere, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have carved out vital roles for themselves in the continent’s response to the war.

The person we considered the most powerful in Europe – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi – has, however, so far failed to play a leading role in the response to Moscow’s aggression.

Many of our calls from the past year have aged well. Alexander Lukashenko, the dictator who still rules Belarus, is on the list of pests that Europe cannot ignore. He realizes this prediction. Meanwhile, Eliot Higgins’ electronic spy network, Bellingcat, monitors the war from afar and spreads disinformation online.

But we haven’t found a place for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has upended continental security and seems determined to keep the fight going despite the disastrous consequences for Ukraine and its own people.

So, in a Europe ravaged by war but seemingly united in fighting back, who should be on our list now – and why?

Tell us what you think here.




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