New European leaders emerge

As Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy fall in popularity, a look at who is waiting in the wings.

For centuries, Germany and France have determined the fate of the European continent, from war to peace and prosperity. While the single market has made distant the prospect of war, the leaders of these two powers ― Europe’s two largest economies ― still hold the most influence over the continent’s direction. And they are both headed for a change in leadership.

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