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Not many Britons seem to like any foreign leader...

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 06:36:48 AM EST
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The British press make for a media environment that is toxic to understanding the acheivements of left-ish foreign leaders. So, Zapatero loses out...

The only other outlier compared to other countries is Merkel, who has some popularity in France, Spain and Italy (every country contains a bump for their own leader.)

This could be explained by British press prejudice, but it could also be that Merkel hasn't been that impressive. Let's face it, if you ask the question "Best World Leader" do any of the candidates have that impressive a persona at the moment?

Zapatero gets plus points from me because I agree with some of his "lefty" policies and I think he has done some important and difficult things with regard to the ETA peace process. Still, I'd have a temptation to vote for "none of the above."

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 07:48:06 AM EST
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For the same reason Americans don't either.

What do you mean they don't speak English?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 01:12:27 PM EST
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