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Lithuanian President among the most popular European politicians

2009-12-10

Thursday, December 10, Brussels - The influential French political, business and financial daily La Tribune has listed President Dalia Grybauskaitė among top ten EU leaders.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė went up from twenty seventh to sixth place in the classification, leaving the French leader Nocolas Sarkozy (9), British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (21), Italy's Silvio Berlusconi (27) as well as Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and many other European leaders behind.

The prime ministers of Estonia and Latvia rank sixteenth and twentieth.

La Tribune evaluated the most active leaders in EU politics. Only two heads of state - Lithuanian and French presidents - were ranked; others on the list are heads of government. The EU-presiding Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt took the top position. He is followed by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Danish and Finnish prime ministers.

A jury of political correspondents in Brussels, coming from all Europe, evaluated EU heads of state and government on the basis of seven criteria: leadership, team spirit, engagement in counter climate change, management of national finances, respect for EU internal market rules, understanding of Lisbon Treaty attitudes, and general pro-European outlook.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.12.10 21:34

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