Foreign Policy’s top “Global Thinkers”: find the Europeans on the list

Decisions Makers:

  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: for trashing worthless refugee policy
  • Margot Wallstrom, Foreign Minister of Sweden: for detailing a feminist foreign policy
  • Yanis Varoufakis, former Finance Minister of Greece: for combating the troika
  • Vladimir Putin, President of Russia: for playing peacemakers by dropping the bomb


  • Eamon Gilmore, politician in Ireland: for championing gay marriage in a Catholic bastion
  • Christopher and Regina Catrambone, founders of Migrant offshore aid station, Malta: for offering a lifeboat when the EU wouldn’t
  • Ekaterina Zguladze-Glucksmann, first deputy interior minister of Ukraine: for instilling the Maidan’s spirit in Ukraine’s police force
  • Catherine Murphy, policy officer at Amnesty International, UK: for legitimizing sex work
  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, Scotland: for disrupting UK policy
  • Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, Belgium / Denmark: for bursting Google’s bubble

Other European politicians and decision makers in other categories:

  • Pope Francis, Vatican City: for preaching the faith in science
  • Anne Hildago, Mayor of Paris, France: for reclaiming Paris for pedestrian