Giorgia Meloni among the most influential in Europe, outclasses Emmanuel Macron

Politico lists its 28 names in a ranking divided into three categories. The Prime Minister, described as a “chameleon”, is before her among the ‘Doers’: after her von der Leyen and the French president

“The class of 2024”. Giorgia Meloni, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Elvira Nabiullina, Volodymyr Zelensky. Politico lists its 28 names of the most influential people in Europe. They appear in the ranking divided into three categories, the ‘Doers’ with executive power, the ‘Disrupters’ who are in the best position to ‘turn the tables’ and the ‘Dreamers’ who represent an idea. And there is “The most powerful person in Europe”, the former president of the European Council Donald Tusk, who takes over from Zelensky last year in this separate category. After the elections in Poland, Politico describes him as the “presumed next prime minister” in a country “on the brink of a new Tusk era” with the “winds of change blowing again”.

Giorgia Meloni is the first among the ‘Doers‘, described as “chameleon”. Her “ascension” last year “sent a shiver down the spines of centrists across the continent and beyond – writes Politico – but a year after becoming the leader of the EU’s third largest economy, she has defied expectations and built a significant (if cautious) fan club.” “She moved to implement constitutional reforms that would significantly increase the powers of the prime minister – we read in the comment which underlines how “the biggest surprises came in foreign policy” – And while previously she asked for Italy’s farewell to ‘euro and lashed out against ‘the bureaucrats of Brussels'” today “he seems to be on good terms with von der Leyen”. And, we read further, “the next electoral year will be crucial for Meloni, also president of the Conservative Party and European reformists” with “the EU voters who will go to the polls in June and Meloni’s Brothers of Italy who appears more stronger than ever, it is no secret that the European People’s Party has courted the Italian leader.”

The president of the European Commission, absent last year, returns to the ranking (von der Leyen, “the queen”) and follows Meloni among the ‘Doers’, ahead of Macron, the head of the Ukrainian president’s office Andriy Yermak, the leader Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the vice president of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, the leader of the Rassemblement National Marine Le Pen, the president of the ECB Christine Lagarde and the Labor leader Keir Starmer. (continued)