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Which current world leader do you respect the most?

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Mr Donald Trump.

He might be a little outspoken at times but he gets the job done, no denying that.

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Justin Trudeau with Jacinda Ardern a close second.

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Angela Merkel. She’s made mistakes in her incredibly long tenure, but she’s very intelligent, clued up and dignified. This is the kind of leader you want in a situation like Covid.

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Angela Merkel.

One of the worst leaders that Germany ever had.

She’s made mistakes in her incredibly long tenure, but she’s very intelligent, clued up and dignified.

That’s not what most Germans think.

This is the kind of leader you want in a situation like Covid.

Not at all. But having said that, I’m not sure who is one of the best leaders, personally I would say Reagan was definitely for the US at the time one of the best, strong, tough, unrelenting.

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Angela Merkel. 

One of the worst leaders that Germany ever had.

14 years in office seems to say otherwise. How did the worst leader in German history stay in office for 14 years?

Do most German people think she’s unintelligent, not clued up and undignified? I can understand opposition to her, but unintelligent? Nope. No way. This sounds like a partisan comment dashed off without any evidence or thought. Please back this up.

Do you think she did a bad job on Covid? Have you seen the numbers? Looks like a decent job to me.

Reagan is not a current leader. Irrelevant partisanship. Look up what ‘current’ means.

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14 years in office seems to say otherwise.

As we know the corruption of politics is nothing new. You think the people of Russia are happy with Putin? How long now?

How did the worst leader in German history stay in office for 14 years? 

How did Putin stay so long or Chavez?

Do most German people think she’s unintelligent, not clued up and undignified?

Yes.

I can understand opposition to her, but unintelligent? Nope. No way.

I disagree

Do you think she did a bad job on Covid? Have you seen the numbers? Looks like a decent job to me. 

On that she did.

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@Bass

Back up the following:

Corruption in German politics has kept Merkel in power.

Most Germans regard Angela Merkel as unintelligent and undignified.

Well done for backing off on your ill-thought out, dashed off, partisan ‘not at all’ response to my observation that she did a good job on Covid. Why you post these I’ll-thought out, dashed off and partisan responses in the first place is beyond me.

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Jacinda Ardern for her empathy, humility and vulnerability.

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Not sure if she qualifies, but I’d say Queen Elizabeth.

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Back up the following:

Corruption in German politics has kept Merkel in power.

https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Gut-dass-Merkel-aufhoert-article21827667.html

Dass Merkel aber bei ihrem "Nein" bleibt, ist eine kluge Entscheidung. Eine fünfte Amtszeit wäre nicht gut für sie, für ihre Partei und vielleicht auch das Land. Das hat mehrere Gründe.

Basically, the quote is saying that Merkel deciding not to run for a 5th term is a good decision and serving another term wouldn’t be politically good for her, her party and the nation.

Most Germans regard Angela Merkel as unintelligent and undignified. 

Yes

Well done for backing off

I didn’t and never do. There are some good leaders for sure, but Merkel isn’t one of them.

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Putin and Assad.

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@Bass

I can’t read German. This is an English language site. Please tell us how corruption has kept Merkel in office.

I agree it’s time for her to go. This does not mean she isn’t or hasn’t been a good leader. Fourteen years is long enough, perhaps too long.

Nothing to back up your claim that most Germans regard her as unintelligent and undignified?

So, your ‘not at all’ response to my observation that Merkel did a good job on Covid was correct or not? This is confusing.

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Not one, some have the necessary leadership qualities to excel on a global stage.

But most strive to popular instead of the strong leadership to manage. take responsibility.

Poor communication skills, lack of accountability seems to be the order of the day.

Its pains me to say, Xi Jinping is a strong leader, uncompromising and uttering ruthless.

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I can’t read German.

Hmmm.....

Please tell us how corruption has kept Merkel in office. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/feb/17/german-president-christian-wulff-resigns

https://www.politico.eu/article/the-long-painful-end-of-germany-cdu-angela-merkel/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/asylum-scandal-jolts-germany-unsettling-merkels-government-1527768001

I agree it’s time for her to go.

Thank you!

Nothing to back up your claim that most Germans regard her as unintelligent and undignified? 

I just did.

As far as a real good and strong leader, I can think of 3......

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Putin.

Trump.
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The question asks about respect so I've thought about what I respect in a leader (even if I don't agree with their political stance). Decisive, proactive leadership but with a willingness to adapt if the situation changes. Clear communication so you can understand why they are doing something, even if you don't agree with it.

I think Ardern fits these criteria the best out of the current world leaders that I can think of.

Johnson and Abe are the worst fits (especially when it comes to communication).

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Trump, if for nothing more than being able to tolerate the unrelenting barrage of hate directed toward him. It would destroy most people. People who can't tolerate

Sure, he's a deeply flawed human being and has not lived up to many of the promises he made. But he can give as good as he gets, and has the nerve to troll his haters and not back down.

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Please tell us how corruption has kept Merkel in office. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/feb/17/german-president-christian-wulff-resigns

https://www.politico.eu/article/the-long-painful-end-of-germany-cdu-angela-merkel/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/asylum-scandal-jolts-germany-unsettling-merkels-government-1527768001

Irrelevant, yet again.

Again, please tell me how corruption has kept Merkel in office. The operative word here is ‘kept’. You are talking about incidents which happened while she was in office. I’m talking about something like election fraud.

Stop posting irrelevant nonsense.

Trump

Too trashy and dishonest to be admired for most. His trolling is good and he knows how to whip a crowd up but not someone decent people can look up to. He’s certainly one of the most entertaining. I haven’t been paying close attention to Bolsonaro but I heard he can out-troll Trump.

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Shinzo Abe. He has charted a good course for Japan.

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I would say EU leaders and negotiators for being patient and defending their interests during Brexit. It is a difficult situation for them, but they are running rings around the UK.

Brexit could prove a good move for the UK, but it is being handled ineptly by the UK side with no grand strategy and no transparency. 90% of it is simple posturing for a UK domestic audience and focused on how it can be spun, not the long-term interests of the country.

I think Abe is inept but mostly harmless. Trump is inept and harmful. 100,000 unnecessary deaths level harmful.

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Emperor Naruhito.

A morally-upright pacifist monarch who makes a great symbol for his people.

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Macron. At least he’s defending France’s heritage.

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Two best current women leaders, Jacinda Ardern and Angela Merkel.

Two best current male leaders, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron.

There may be better leaders in the world but if so they dont get much publicity and I have not come across them in news articles from the 7 nations news services that I read daily. Japan, China, Russia, Germany, UK, USA, Australia.

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Two best current women leaders, Jacinda Ardern and Angela Merkel.

Two best current male leaders, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron.

Why the need to separate male and female here?

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Just being fair and equal plus they all bring something unique to the table so i get to provide more than one answer :)

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Viktor Orbán

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Whatever leaders stand up to the dictators in China, Russia and the US.

Few and far between.

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Must be a trick question,because the world is so badly devoid of a leader you can respect.

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Good leaders worldwide are definitely hard to find and I future-wise, don’t see any good ones on the horizon.

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Good leaders worldwide are definitely hard to find and I future-wise, don’t see any good ones on the horizon.

You only know how good a leader is until they lead and are tested. Some surprise you.

Dealing with Covid has been a big test for world leaders. Merkel displayed typical competence. Macron was decent. Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern have seen their stock rising in dealing with this. My Labor-voting Aussie mate has had to admit Morrison has surprised him and gave credit where it was due. I don’t think he’s alone. Then again, he’s not a partisan.

We all know which leaders saw Covid have a field day in their countries and saw their stock fall as a result.

You need to stress test. Some just aren’t up to it.

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My Labor-voting Aussie mate has had to admit Morrison has surprised him and gave credit where it was due. I don’t think he’s alone. Then again, he’s not a partisan.

Well said, and this is coming from someone who can't stand the man.

I also think that Varadkar (apart from that shirtless moment) did ok. He even went back to being a doctor for a bit. And again, I'm no FG fan,

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Well said, and this is coming from someone who can't stand the man.

I also think that Varadkar (apart from that shirtless moment) did ok. He even went back to being a doctor for a bit. And again, I'm no FG fan,

You have to give credit where it is due. I can’t stand Johnson but I had to credit him for the furlough scheme even when his response to Covid was disastrous on the whole.

Varadkar rolling his sleeves up and going back into practice as a doctor was excellent. Credit to the man.

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I can’t stand Johnson but I had to credit him for the furlough scheme even when his response to Covid was disastrous on the whole.

Mmm, best if I don't comment on that ;-)

Varadkar rolling his sleeves up and going back into practice as a doctor was excellent. Credit to the man.

Yeah, despite the centre right politics of Fine Gael, he got stuck in. Fair play to him. His party and the new coalition have kind of ruined it since, with the current carry on, but I guess everyone has their moments.

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As I mentioned before, as a German and Democratic Socialist, I have never voted for Merkel's party but credit where credit's due: Despite of displaying a tendency to sit through a crisis in her early years she did an overall good job as a chancellor. No-one in her party, the CDU, would have done better than her and I must admit I don't want to see her replaced by any of those who are currently discussed as probable future chancellors.

I'd love to see Sahra Wagenknecht or Gregor Gysi as a future chancellor even though it's pretty unlikely given how strongly the conservative and far-right agitate at anything standing left from them.

Thousands of voters hate Angela Merkel. Millions like her. And many millions know she just did a fine job that nobody else would have wanted.

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I can't think of a current "world leader" I respect. I don't any have actually done anything to improve the world.

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I meant to say that I can't think of any who have done anything to improve the world.

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Varadkar, Trudeau, Ardern, to name but a few.

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Respect for what? Wearing a suit nicely?

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what,s that ( world leader ) ? ... you mean the Presidents / Prime Ministers of US, Canada, Germany, UK, France, Russia, China, Japan and so on ? ... there,s some leaders from smaller countries that are extremely competent and honest and would be more than capable of doing a much better job than these “ world leaders “ ... but yeah sure, the “ big, great, strong country “ part is missing, so... i,m afraid i don,t “ respect “ any “ world leader “ ...

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rcch:

what,s that ( world leader ) ? ... you mean the Presidents / Prime Ministers of US, Canada, Germany, UK, France, Russia, China, Japan and so on ?

¡¿*Don,t you mean Presidents\Prime Ministers of US' Canada' Germany' UK' France' Russia' China' Japan and so on?!
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Sanna Marin

Jacinda Ardern.

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None. They are worthless puppets that do what they are told by their puppet masters

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anyone but the inept....narcissistic...obnoxious.. embarrassing..racist..leader of my country.."Swampy Don"

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