Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and Spanish women’s soccer team forward Jenni Hermoso appeared in the list of the twenty-eight most influential people in Europe in 2024 prepared by the media ‘Politico’.
Puigdemont appeared the second in the “disruptors” section while Beautiful is the ninth of “dreamers”.
The list, headed by the “most powerful man on the continent”, which will be revealed at an event tonight in Brussels, is divided into three categories – doers, troublemakers and dreamers – each representing a different types of influence.
“In a nod to the current times of polarization, the list includes not one, but two secessionists,” explained the ‘Politico’ media.
Therefore, he explained, there is Puigdemont, “the Catalan in charge Strong amnesty for illegal independence vote in 2017 – and maybe another chance for secession – in exchange for supporting the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez”, and the Belgian Tom Van Grieken, “who wants to make Flanders a separatist state” and if who appears sixth on the list of disruptors in Europe.
Behind Puigdemont, at number three on the list of distractions is the Hungarian Prime Minister, Víktor Orbán; followed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock; and the president of the European Popular Group of the European Parliament, also German Manfred Weber, whom they gave the nickname “The Green Deal Killer” referring to the campaign he launched against the environmental law.
Among the nine main “dreamers” selected by ‘Politico’ for 2024 is forward Jenni Hermoso, who “started with the moment. Football #MeToo“, when he starred in the non-consensual kiss given to him by the former president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, after winning the 2023 World Cup in Australia.
“As his claims wind their way through the Spanish courts next year, and with the world watching his every move, the 33-year-old world champion has a spotlight you didn’t ask for. Given how outspoken he has been so far, he’s likely to take advantage of this,” predicts ‘Politico’.
Also in the list of “dreamers” is, among others, the Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, nicknamed “the Mandela of Russia”; the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, for all the difficulties he has faced since taking office and those that will come his way in 2024 because of the “heaps of mud” that Eurosceptics will throw against the European Union because of the future European elections in June.
This edition ranks 28 people with more ability to drive debate and direct decisions in Europe according to ‘Politico’, revolves around a central issue: Will Europe’s moderate forces be able to push back those on the fringes who threaten their control of power?
Last year it was the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, the most powerful elected personality in Europe.
And this year, although he did not top the list or any of the three categories, the president of the European Commission returned, Ursula von der Leyen, as the second most influential of the elected “makers”, with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the French far-right Marine Le Pen; the president of the European Central Bank, Cristine Lagarde; or the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and others.