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All eyes are now on France’s economy minister. Is he the right person to push through much-needed reforms?

British media have painted the EU chief Brexit negotiator as an inflexible ideologue. It’s a caricature few in Brussels recognize.

The former president of the EU parliament seems to have changed Germany‘s whole political scene. Is he a winner?

Winning the Dutch elections may not be enough for the far-right leader.

Spain’s new-old prime minister has weathered every storm that’s come his way, but major challenges remain.

Come spring, who will become France’s next president? The non-conformist former minister of the economy has more than an outside chance.

The former Polish prime minister may become the man to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU.

The veteran of the Soviet school of diplomacy serves largely as the figurehead for a foreign policy beyond his control.

Poland’s “prezes” is steering his country firmly to the right.

Germany, along with the rest of the world, seems surprised by the principled stance Angela Merkel has taken in the refugee crisis. Looking over her record, however, the German Chancellor has never shied from putting her values on the line.

The president of the European Central Bank has a tough balancing act to pull off – do too little and the common currency will fall apart; too much, and European policy-makers won’t take steps necessary to strengthen it.