Who do you think had the biggest impact in 2018? Which figure (from anywhere in the world, not just from Europe) do you believe left the biggest mark this year, whether negative or positive?
In an era of ‘personality politics’, there are plenty to choose from. It could be Donald Trump, who certainly has a knack for making himself the centre of attention. It could be German Chancellor Angela Merkel, though her political star seems to be in decline. It could be French President Emmanuel Macron (though, again, the shine seems to have come off his premiership in recent months).
We had a quick straw poll in the Debating Europe offices, and came up with a list that includes Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident journalist murdered in Turkey by alleged Saudi agents; Meghan Markle, whose marriage to Prince Harry provided a brief respite from Brexit; British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has had no respite from Brexit at all; physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March; Carles Puigdemont, former Catalan President, who has spent the year in exile in Belgium; and Elon Musk, the controversial entrepreneur.
Who’s your person of the year? Which figure do you think had the biggest impact on events? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!