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Politico Unveils Europe's Most Influential Figures: Donald Tusk Tops the List

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Ayesha Mumtaz
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Politico Unveils Europe's Most Influential Figures: Donald Tusk Tops the List

Politico, the esteemed American magazine, has released its annual ranking of the most influential personalities in Europe. The list, divided into three categories: doers, dreamers, and disrupters, reflects the shifting dynamics in Europe, especially in the context of Ukraine's comedian-turned-president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Europe's Most Influential

On top of the list as the most influential person in Europe for the current year is Donald Tusk, leader of the opposition in Poland and probable future prime minister. He is described as a 'wind of change' and is recognized for his fight for a democratic and European vision of Poland.

Italy's Prime Mover

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is marked as 'executor number 1', recognized for her constitutional reforms strengthening the position of the prime minister, as well as her sharp stance against migration and same-sex marriages. Meloni has distanced herself from previous sympathies towards Putin, condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and showing solidarity with Kiev.

Others on the List

The list also includes influential figures such as Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Marine Le Pen, and Christine Lagarde. In the category of 'disrupters', the list is led by Elvira Nabiulina, president of the Central Bank of Russia, described as 'Putin's banker', along with Viktor Orban, Carles Puigdemont, and Annalena Baerbock.

Dreamers and their Influence

At the helm of the 'dreamers' category is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, compared to Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. The ranking highlights the shifting dynamics in Europe's political sphere, the strategies of successful leaders, and the impact of these personalities on defense, gender parity, and European relations.

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