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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.