Who's Who in Europe

Current and former leaders and other persons of note in politics, the military, religion, and terrorism. (Current leaders of nations will be found on region specific boards (e.g., ... "Eastern Europe_Leaders). Unless otherwise indicated, source of biographical information is Wikipedia. This board is a work in progress and not to be considered an all-inclusive list. If you know of someone who should be added, send me a message! Board last updated June 13, 2015.
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GERMANY: Helmut Kohl. Served as Chancellor of Ger. from 1982-1998 (of W. Ger. 1982–90 and of the reunited Ger. 1990–98). His 16-year tenure was the longest of any Ger. chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and far and away the longest of any democratically elected chancellor. Oversaw the end of the Cold War; widely regarded as the main architect of Ger. reunification. Together with Fr. pres. François Mitterrand, he is also considered the architect of the Maastricht Treaty, which est. the EU.

GERMANY: Helmut Kohl. Served as Chancellor of Ger. from 1982-1998 (of W. Ger. 1982–90 and of the reunited Ger. 1990–98). His 16-year tenure was the longest of any Ger. chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and far and away the longest of any democratically elected chancellor. Oversaw the end of the Cold War; widely regarded as the main architect of Ger. reunification. Together with Fr. pres. François Mitterrand, he is also considered the architect of the Maastricht Treaty, which est. the EU.

EU: Jean-Claude Juncker: Pres. of the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch. Took office 11/1/2014. Previously PM of Luxembourg (1995-2013). The European Council (EC) officially proposed Juncker to Parliament as cand. for the Pres. on [6/27/2014]. For the 1st time the nom was not by consensus; the EC voted 26-2 to propose Juncker for the position. Voting against were Br. PM David Cameron and Hung. PM Viktor Orbán, both of whom had frequently opposed Juncker during the election…

EU: Jean-Claude Juncker: Pres. of the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch. Took office 11/1/2014. Previously PM of Luxembourg (1995-2013). The European Council (EC) officially proposed Juncker to Parliament as cand. for the Pres. on [6/27/2014]. For the 1st time the nom was not by consensus; the EC voted 26-2 to propose Juncker for the position. Voting against were Br. PM David Cameron and Hung. PM Viktor Orbán, both of whom had frequently opposed Juncker during the election…

FRANCE: François Mitterrand. French statesman, who served as the 21st Pres. of France, serving from 1981-1995. The longest-serving Pres. of France and leader of the Socialist Party.  Although at times a politically isolated figure, he outmaneuvered rivals to become the left's standard bearer in every presidential election from 1965-1988, except 1969. Elected Pres. in the May 1981 presidential election, he was re-elected in 1988 and held office until 1995.

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FRANCE: François Mitterrand. French statesman, who served as the 21st Pres. of France, serving from 1981-1995. The longest-serving Pres. of France and leader of the Socialist Party. Although at times a politically isolated figure, he outmaneuvered rivals to become the left's standard bearer in every presidential election from 1965-1988, except 1969. Elected Pres. in the May 1981 presidential election, he was re-elected in 1988 and held office until 1995.

EU: Donald Tusk.  President of the European Council since December 1, 2014.  Prime Minister of Poland from November 16, 2007 to September 22, 2014. Tusk became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of communism in Poland. In foreign policy, Tusk has sought to improve relations severely damaged during the previous Kaczyński government, particularly with Germany and Russia. Under Tusk’s premiership, Russian bans on Polish meat and agricultural products were lifted.

EU: Donald Tusk. President of the European Council since December 1, 2014. Prime Minister of Poland from November 16, 2007 to September 22, 2014. Tusk became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of communism in Poland. In foreign policy, Tusk has sought to improve relations severely damaged during the previous Kaczyński government, particularly with Germany and Russia. Under Tusk’s premiership, Russian bans on Polish meat and agricultural products were lifted.

GERMANY: Gerhard Schroder. Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005.  As a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), he led a coalition government of the SPD and the Greens. Before becoming a full-time politician, he was a lawyer. Following the 2005 federal election, which his party lost, after three weeks of negotiations he stood down as Chancellor in favour of Angela Merkel of the rival Christian Democratic Union.

GERMANY: Gerhard Schroder. Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. As a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), he led a coalition government of the SPD and the Greens. Before becoming a full-time politician, he was a lawyer. Following the 2005 federal election, which his party lost, after three weeks of negotiations he stood down as Chancellor in favour of Angela Merkel of the rival Christian Democratic Union.

FRANCE: JACQUES CHIRAC: President from 1995-2007. Previously served as PM France from 1974-1976 & from 1986-1988 (making him the only person to hold the position of PM twice under the 5th Republic). Along with Vladimir Putin (who Chirac called "a personal friend”), Hu Jintao, & Gerhard Schröder, Chirac emerged as a leading voice against George W. Bush in 2003 during the org & deployment of the US-led military coalition to forcibly remove the GOV of IRQ which resulted in the 2003–2011 IRQ…

FRANCE: JACQUES CHIRAC: President from 1995-2007. Previously served as PM France from 1974-1976 & from 1986-1988 (making him the only person to hold the position of PM twice under the 5th Republic). Along with Vladimir Putin (who Chirac called "a personal friend”), Hu Jintao, & Gerhard Schröder, Chirac emerged as a leading voice against George W. Bush in 2003 during the org & deployment of the US-led military coalition to forcibly remove the GOV of IRQ which resulted in the 2003–2011 IRQ…

UK: TONY BLAIR: PM from 1997-2007. Critics claim he had the Labour Party abandon genuine socialism and embraced capitalism. Criticised for his solid stance alongside US President George W. Bush on ME policy. In his post-9/11 speech, for example, he stated that "America has no truer friend than Great Britain.” From the start of the War on Terror in 2001, Blair strongly supported the foreign policy of George W. Bush, participating in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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UK: TONY BLAIR: PM from 1997-2007. Critics claim he had the Labour Party abandon genuine socialism and embraced capitalism. Criticised for his solid stance alongside US President George W. Bush on ME policy. In his post-9/11 speech, for example, he stated that "America has no truer friend than Great Britain.” From the start of the War on Terror in 2001, Blair strongly supported the foreign policy of George W. Bush, participating in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq.

EU: Herman Van Rompuy, Pres. of the European Council, Dec 1, 2009 to Nov 30, 2014.  He has expressed reticence about possible Turkish membership of the EU. In 2004, he stated "An enlargement [of the EU] with Turkey is not in any way comparable with previous enlargement waves. Turkey is not Europe and will never be Europe." "… the universal values … in Europe, and which are also the fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey."

EU: Herman Van Rompuy, Pres. of the European Council, Dec 1, 2009 to Nov 30, 2014. He has expressed reticence about possible Turkish membership of the EU. In 2004, he stated "An enlargement [of the EU] with Turkey is not in any way comparable with previous enlargement waves. Turkey is not Europe and will never be Europe." "… the universal values … in Europe, and which are also the fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey."

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