Francois Hollande. Position: president; Country: France
Hollande takes power at a difficult time for France and the European Union. Advocating growth as a way to get out of the current economic crisis, he has pledged to renegotiate the EU's austerity treaty, which will require reaching agreement with a reluctant Germany. He and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, also will have to work hand in hand to prevent Greece from collapsing, which would endanger the euro, the common EU currency, and the entire ideal of European unity.