Why Ursula von der Leyen is the ‘world’s most powerful woman’
Caroline de Gruyter
The president of the European Commission has earned the title bestowed on her by Forbes magazine
Now, this has long been an aim of policy, that then German defence minister should be the most powerful person around. We’ve had several multi-year and international loud discussions about whether this would be so.
But actual power? This is someone sitting atop a bureaucracy trying to run 500 million people in detail – the sort of detail that tries to regulate the energy consumption of vacuum cleaners. There’s not, in fact, much power there. There’s an awful lot of pulling on levers but they tend not to be connected to anything very much…..