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Christine Ockrent is regarded as one of France's most respected broadcasters, the only journalist granted an interview with Saddam Hussein in the middle of the Gulf War. As well as becoming the first woman to anchor and edit the prime time news, Christine has also edited the current affairs journal L'Express, worked as the deputy director-general of France's TF1 channel and presented the country's flagship magazine and program on French and European politics, France-Europe Express. She also anchors a monthly program on international affairs on TV5Monde. Close.

Christine Ockrent

Paris, France

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Master of New Labour, Puppet in Iraq

It will not take 25 years before Tony Blair is recognized as the most imaginative and effective European political leader of his time. In the 10 years of his tenure, he has modernized the British Labour Party, gotten rid of its old Marxist obsessions and forged a third way to reform our complex societies torn between the welfare state and the requirements of globalization.

Blair has demonstrated considerable -- if at times overinflated -- communication skills, a prerequisite of modern leadership. His major mistake is to have fallen into the classical British trap: mesmerized by the "privileged partnership" with Washington, he became Bush's puppet in Iraq, not his master.

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