We can’t all be Finns
How well is your finance minister doing as the global economy comes tumbling around your ears? Finns, at least, can hold their heads up with pride: Jyrki Katainen (pictured on ice) has topped The Financial Times’ annual rankings of European finance ministers.
Results for the G7 members of the group were mixed. Germany’s Peer Steinbruck came second, despite a poor showing on politics, and France’s Christine Lagarde was seventh. Britain and Italy languished at 14 and 16, respectively, although at least UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling can boast of coming first in politics. Something to do with élan, apparently.