European Leader of the Year

European Leader of the Year nominees:

Jean-Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgian politician currently serving as the President of the European Commission. Prior to assuming this office, he had served as the Prime Minister of Luxembourg for eighteen years. Born in Redange, Luxembourg, he studied at the University of Strasbourg and got a postgraduate degree in law. He won the election to the Chamber of Deputies, where he was appointed to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister as the Minister of Labor. He was soon promoted to the Minister of Finance. He was appointed the Prime Minister of Luxembourg on 20th January 1995, after which he left his post at the World Bank, but continued as the Minister of Finance. He served as the prime minister till 2013. Since 2014, he has been serving as the President of the European Commission. 

Michel Barnier is a French politician. After several times as Minister (Environment, European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Food), and twice European Commissioner (Regional Policy and then Internal Market and Financial Services), he is now the chief negotiator for the European Union. responsible for conducting the Brexit negotiations. For him, the European Union will have to « learn from Brexit ».

Cecilia Malmström is a Swedish politician currently serving as European Commissioner for Trade since 2014. From 2010 to 2014, she served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs under President José Manuel Barrosso. The Swedish Commissioner had also been Minister for European Union Affairs and a Member of the European Parliament for Sweden, affiliated to the European Political Party "Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe".