G7 Leaders, 2001-present

Can you name the leaders of the G7 countries since the year 2001?
As of December 25, 2019
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Canada
2015-
Justin Trudeau
2006-2015
Stephen Harper
2003-2006
Paul Martin
1993-2003
Jean Chrétien
 
 
France
2017-
Emmanuel Macron
2012-2017
François Hollande
2007-2012
Nicolas Sarkozy
1995-2007
Jacques Chirac
 
 
Germany
2005-
Angela Merkel
1998-2005
Gerhard Schröder
Italy
2018-
Giuseppe Conte
2016-2018
Paolo Gentiloni
2014-2016
Matteo Renzi
2013-2014
Enrico Letta
2011-2013
Mario Monti
2008-2011
Silvio Berlusconi
2006-2008
Romano Prodi
2001-2006
Silvio Berlusconi
2000-2001
Giuliano Amato
 
 
Japan
2012-
Shinzō Abe
2011-2012
Yoshihiko Noda
2010-2011
Naoto Kan
2009-2010
Yukio Hatoyama
2008-2009
Tarō Asō
2007-2008
Yasuo Fukuda
2006-2007
Shinzō Abe
2001-2006
Junichirō Koizumi
2000-2001
Yoshirō Mori
United Kingdom
2019-
Boris Johnson
2016-2019
Theresa May
2010-2016
David Cameron
2007-2010
Gordon Brown
1997-2007
Tony Blair
 
 
United States
2017-
Donald Trump
2009-2017
Barack Obama
2001-2009
George W. Bush
1993-2001
Bill Clinton
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Level 71
Jun 28, 2017
Berlisconi was such a prominent figure and because of him I can not remember anybody before or after.
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Level 64
Jun 28, 2017
Lmao at Japan! Mostly one year terms.
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Level 75
Jun 29, 2017
True although current PM has been there since 2012 and no signs of him being displaced anytime soon.
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2017
I'm so embarassed... as an Italian I couldn't remeber two PMs -.-
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Level 74
Jun 29, 2017
I'm amazed that the Japanese leaders are all at over 10%.
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Level 59
Aug 24, 2017
Yukio Hatoyama is now at 10%, not over 10%. But seriously speaking, I think the reason for this is a lot of politics-buffs taking the quiz they're good at.
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Level 70
Jan 2, 2020
Not now, they're not. Of the 8 that are on less than 10%, 7 are Japanese.
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Level 68
Jun 30, 2017
Looking at the US, UK and France that really is an incredible list of underwhelming and mediocre politicans.
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Level ∞
Jul 1, 2017
As opposed to Japan and Italy?
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Level 64
Jul 1, 2017
So, Germany and Canada have perfect leaders?
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2018
Yeah, touche. It's just a list full of incredibly mediocre politicians.
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Level 80
Aug 24, 2017
Mediocre? Clinton was an exceptional political talent, Obama was a transformative figure in American presidential history, and Trump is an unprecedented catastrophe the likes of which we've never seen before. Bush is the only one of the four I'd apply the label "mediocre" to. None of these men were Lincoln or Roosevelt, but that doesn't relegate them to mediocrity.
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Level 41
Aug 24, 2017
I'd say Obama was mediocre, didn't really achieve any long lasting effect other than Obamacare which is tenuous. Bush however, has managed to have the most controversial war in recent history, 9/11 and the financial crash.
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Level 48
Aug 24, 2017
Bush and mediocre??? Bush was the worst president America ever had. Trump is nothing compared to him.
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Level 83
Aug 24, 2017
Give it time, buddy. Trump's heading down that path pretty quickly.
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2017
Disagree Obama; he's got an enormous list of accomplishments. In spite of unprecedented levels of opposition and obstructionism. He gets way less credit than he deserves. and I'm not even considering the Affordable Care Act which was not what it should have been.

Schnitzel, you really think Bush is worse than Trump? How? I never was a fan of Bush, especially toward the end of his first term and onward, but I felt like people who called him the worst president in history were usually just very ignorant of history. He may have been the worst president from the 3 decades preceding 2008. That's debatable. But not the worst in history. Not by a long shot.
Trump on the other hand? I'm confident he will go down as the actual worst in history. No exaggeration. Or at the very least he'll be in the bottom 3-5. It will be difficult to unseat Buchanan or Harding. But he's at least as bad as Pierce. And he's definitely dumber and less qualified than any before him.
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Level 80
Jun 3, 2018
and.. hey... how timely. Wikipedia just updated their page on the historical rankings of US presidents (according to polls of historians from the 1940s through the present). I even made a quiz on the subject.

Aggregating the data, Obama has made it in to the top quartile of all U.S. presidents. Meanwhile, Trump has, in face, become the first president in 160 years to beat out Buchanan for the bottom spot. Quite an accomplishment. And this is according to historians, not pundits or media personalities, including those that identify as Republican.
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Level 80
Jun 3, 2018
*in fact
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2018
@Kal, I agree Clinton was a very smooth operator, whether that makes him "an exceptional political talent" or not is a debate for someone else. At the very least his legacy was tarnished by the Lewinsky affair and his administrations refusal to recognise the genocide in Rwanda. As a Brit looking on from across the pond, I didn't have a particularly high opinion of Obama. Nor did he seem to have a particularly high opinion of, or regard for, Britain. I may have missed some of the impact of his domestic policies for the obvious reason. Whilst I accept the election of a President of African American descent was ground breaking, his tenure just seemed very average. Unsurprisingly we agree on how good Trump is. I just didn't think I needed to point out he was/is a moron, I'd taken that as read.
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Level 76
Jun 5, 2018
That comment about Obama and an enormous list of accomplishments, was one of the funniest things I have read in years. Thanks Kal. Oh, and you may want to rethink the unprecedented levels of opposition and obstruction comment too, given our current political climate.
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Level 78
Jun 6, 2018
First to Jacktheguy - It appears that your prediction was correct. Mr. Trump seems to be at a full gallop now. Second - As difficult as it is for me to defend Kal, I believe that the unprecedented level of opposition and obstruction that he was referring to was coming from Congress. These days it seems to be coming from the White House.
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Level 73
Dec 25, 2019
kal - George W. is responsible for the Patriot Act and gave the NSA a free pass on mass surveillance, as well as starting a war which heavily destabilized the Middle East and damaged America's reputation in the world in a way that would have been unthinkable during Clinton's term. Add to that the fact that he massively increased the budget deficit. I get that Trump is by far the least qualified and intelligent US President, as well as a scumbag. But these are merely prerequisites. History has a funny way to turn them upside down sometimes. I have my own ideas about how Trump could end up being more destructive than W., but what are your specific findings?
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Level 83
Jan 2, 2020
@coolguy6: Sounds like you need to work on your sense of humor.

@POOCH: Not only was I correct, but holy moly, after the last year we’ve had, I don’t know how anyone can take him seriously anymore. Hopefully this will be his last year and we won’t have to worry anymore.

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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
Algernon: when I called Clinton a political talent, yes, I did mean that he was a smooth operator. I'm not a huge fan of the man personally, but he could get things done.

coolguy: Obama did accomplish a lot, but I'm sure the media outlets you watch did everything they could to avoid letting you know. Trump has met with obstruction of his own doing. Because he is completely clueless and inept, and regularly attempts to commit unconstitutional, treasonous, or criminal acts - he often has people within his own administration trying to reign him in or working against him. And of course he gets it from the opposition party, as well (probably not nearly as much as he SHOULD!). Obama did nothing of the sort, and yet Republicans in Congress *still* vowed to try and block everything during his term, even bipartisan broadly popular legislation was blocked, same as Mitch McConnell is doing now.
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
camus: the Patriot Act? come on. The Patriot Act? you think that compares to what Trump has done? The man openly talks about how he would like to imprison journalists and expresses admiration for those who murder them. Honestly I don't care about the NSA collecting meta data on my phone calls or the CIA spying on Angela Merkel. I care quite a bit more about Trump destabilizing NATO and undermining Western civilization; putting American democracy itself at existential risk; inviting foreign despots to interfere in American elections; spreading so many lies and fake news that reality itself doesn't seem to exist anymore and it's become impossible to have a conversation based on facts; setting countless dangerous precedents for abuse of power, threatening whistle blowers, obstruction of justice, unprecedented rancor and partisanship and pettiness, extreme executive overreach, etc etc etc; cultivating distrust of credible media and all allied intelligence agencies...
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
... doing everything he can to strengthen the position of Russia including freeing up the money of known gangsters, removing sanctions, and withholding military aid so as to weaken and imperil our allies; so devastating international commerce with his stupid trade war that it could lead to decades of recession in the farm belt that it may never recover from; working overtime to undo EVERY positive thing Obama and other administrations did before him from gutting the EPA, SEC, USDA, Affordable Care Act, etc etc etc, to rolling back every sensible law on trade, immigration, protecting the environment, Wall Street regulation, etc that he can find; further destabilizing Syria and the Middle East and getting thousands of Kurds needlessly killed already (this alone is worse than the Patriot Act); daily spouting the sort of awful hateful rhetoric that has no doubt encouraged the sharp spike in hate crimes the country has seen lately including the shootings in El Paso and Jersey City ...
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
... doing irreparable damage to the image and reputation of the United States around the world permanently weakening the country's global standing and the network of alliances that had been in place since the end of WW2; putting Betsy Devos and other robber barons in charge of every government agency that he could so that they could defraud the American people and enrich themselves at the expense of all of us; taking the US out of the Paris climate accords at a time when it's probably already too late and inaction on climate change could eventually kill us all; stupidly pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal strengthening radicals and hardliners in that country; running up the deficit at record speed while simultaneously recklessly pushing through trillions of dollars of tax cuts for the super wealthy - something that within the next few decades could very well bankrupt the United States and lead to global economic catastrophe ...
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
... and making it impossible for me to talk to my dad any more. For starters. I could go on. The damage Trump has done in these 3 years is going to take generations to undo if it's even possible to undo, and I can see many different scenarios where, given long enough, the things set in motion during these years could ultimately lead to the collapse of the USA, NATO, and/or Western Civilization.

What did the Patriot Act do? It gave a few libertarians nightmares and turned Edward Snowden into a self-righteous hypocritical tallywhacker. I'm not really a fan of the Patriot Act as written, it was rushed through too quickly, but I don't have any problem with US spies having the tools necessary to investigate terrorism including the collecting of meta data on phone calls things. All of the stuff I listed above I feel is way more serious. And I really could go on for at least another 5 or 6 similarly long comments.
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
The one thing I will give Trump... he's not a warmonger. I mean he is a psychopath with no empathy and doesn't care at all if people get killed, including our allies in Ukraine or the Peshmerga, or sick people or shooting victims in the USA. Trump just couldn't possibly care less about any of this. However, he is also a complete wimp, and will never do anything intentionally to start an actual war. He talks a big game, but it's all talk. And... I'm not sure that this is such a bad thing. I mean, I'm sure glad that Trump wasn't president during WW2 or some other situation where we had to act, but given that it is currently peacetime, I'd rather have a coward, wimp, or chicken hawk in office than a hothead cowboy like Bush.

Still, given the whole package, I'd much rather have Bush than Trump. Trump is still getting people killed, he's just doing so because he is a moron who doesn't know what he is doing or because he doesn't care. Different motivations similar results.
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
Bush allowed for the troubling erosion of citizens' privacy and civil liberties; Trump has relentlessly attacked the very foundation of American democracy and government almost every day of his presidency and looks like he may be winning the fight.

Advantage (in a contest of overall badness): Trump, overwhelmingly

Bush damaged America's international reputation and relationship with its allies; Trump has done at least 10x worse

Advantage: Trump in a landslide

Bush invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, leading to the rise of ISIS; Trump may see the revival of ISIS yet, and threw Kurdistan under the bus to advantage Erdogan and Putin and Iran

Advantage: Bush

Bush turned the $200B Clinton surplus in to a $1.4T deficit over 8 years, passing huge irresponsible tax cuts for the rich; Trump passed bigger tax cuts for the rich and turned a shrinking deficit into an exploding one in just 3 years

Advantage: Trump
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
and, yeah, there's also the fact that Trump is a retarded narcissistic scumbag, and Bush, though of middling intelligence, was at least an honorable man who tried to do right by the country. What other president in US history has actively worked AGAINST the interests of the United States? Has pushed the propaganda and conspiracy theories of foreign dictators over the conclusions of domestic intelligence and law enforcement agencies? Has openly worked to advantage our biggest foreign adversaries? Has proudly broadcast that he was going to work to enrich himself and his family at the expense of the country and then claimed that everything he was doing was perfect?
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
and have there been any presidents who managed to explode the US debt at the same time that we were not at war and the economy was doing great (thanks to his predecessor)? I don't think so. Pretty sure Trump is the only one who managed that. In the past the debt blew up either because we were fighting the Nazis and the Japanese, or because there was a major depression or recession, or because we were trying to win the Cold War... but Trump massively added to the debt just so he could write a big fat check to himself and all his rich friends.

Bill Clinton managed to PAY DOWN the debt during his administration, and almost eliminated it, at the same time that the country was recovering from the recession that hit at the end of George Bush Sr's term in office. Trump is uniquely bad.
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Level 15
Jan 2, 2020
Bush: A war criminal who should be in prison for the rest of his life. No exaggeration whatsoever. Obama: Very slow to start even though got the House and the Senate in 2008. Could've (Should've?) achieved so much more. Still in the end very positive, largely due to his exceptional personality and charisma. Trump: Very inept in most things, which can also be a good thing. His worst characteristic is his very efficient demagoguery, at which he is actually masterful (in his rallies and on Twitter). Will he manage to incite something very bad? Only time will tell. 2nd worst thing in is his allowing and helping McConnell to do his thing, which McConnell does do very effectively. As an extra – Pelosi: Should have impeached Bush. Didn't even though she knew well enough, which makes her almost accomplice. Almost. In 2020: Sanders has by far the best policies, but I wouldn't count on DNC nor Americans electing him. And even if elected, who knows what the Congress would allow him to pass.
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2020
Wow, thanks for the lengthy answer. We're on the same page in many ways. Among so many complaints and criticisms about Trump's vulgarity and personal ignorance, the effects of his actual policies are often drowned. This sure helps him. I think what the Patriot Act and Bush's surveillance policy in general did was to foster mass paranoia. The notion that civil freedom must be sacrificed to fend off a constant, vague threat undermines open societies and sets the stage for xenophobia, distrust in democracy, and scaremongers. Not to mention indefinite detention of foreigners.
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Level 80
Jan 5, 2020
so... Trump just managed to destroy the one thing I could give him credit for. Good job, sir! You're now at 100% awful.
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Level 73
Jan 11, 2020
Now Trump averted the escalation of a mess he created himself. It would be like him to go campaigning with this and present himself both as a tough guy who keeps Iran in check and a peace keeper who avoided WW3... Might try the same with the Russians or Chinese next time.
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Level 80
Jul 1, 2017
No wonder Japan and Italy are such basketcases!
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Level 80
Jul 12, 2017
I thought it would get less depressing having to type Trump's name into these quizzes over time but no.
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Level 56
Aug 24, 2017
Words cannot express how relatable I find your comment.
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Level 76
Aug 25, 2017
Indeed.
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Level 59
Aug 24, 2017
3% didn't get the orange idiot? Yikes! What a blissful life they must lead not knowing him!
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Level 55
Aug 24, 2017
Despite the constant negative press covfefe!
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Level 50
Jan 3, 2020
They probably couldn't bear to type it in and preferred to leave it blank. I almost did that for the other idiot, Johnson.
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Level 60
Aug 24, 2017
got 28 right
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Level 61
Aug 24, 2017
Totally drew a blank on David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Level 60
Jun 1, 2018
Time to update Italy! Giuseppe Conte will be sworn later today as the new Prime minister.
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Level 77
Jun 3, 2018
Top job in Italy seems a tough one, they only ever last a few months
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Level 60
Jun 4, 2018
Italy is a parliamentary republic, where cabinets, and mostly Prime ministers were given little power by the post-war Constitution, fearing a comeback of a Fascist regime. This means that every little change in the parliamentary majority usually reflects in a cabinet change. Traditionally - if we except the last 20-25 years - PM were fairly less powerful than majority parties leaders. During the last years, this system has come back to work. From 1948 to 1982, PM changed every few months, but they were all from the same party.
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Level 80
Jun 3, 2018
100% on USA, UK, and France.

50% on Canada and Germany

Italy and Japan... not even close
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2020
did almost exactly the same this time. I haven't improved in the past year and a half. :P
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Level 49
Oct 18, 2019
add boris
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Level 63
Dec 25, 2019
As a Brit I’m severely embarrassed by the UK list...
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Level 50
Jan 3, 2020
Same.
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Level 73
Dec 25, 2019
Merkel is mediocre in every regard except in power maintenance. Her compromises are usually foul content-wise, but they are perfectly balanced between the interests of "the economy" (or its leaders) and the current vibe among the population. Her precedessor Schröder got done much more in half the time, and he more or less deliberalitely paid the price by making himself unpopular. He brought about massive social and economic reforms which transformed Germany from the "sick man of Europe" to its powerhouse (and also created Europe's largest precariat, unfortunately). His government was also the first since the end of WWII to enter a war, and yet, along with Chirac, they opposed Bush when he invaded Iraq. Not a fan overall, but probably underrated in his influence.
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2019
What a nonsensical circus those G7 meetings must be.
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Level 65
Jan 2, 2020
Pretty much only got USA and UK
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Level 50
Jan 3, 2020
I'm from the UK and live in Canada, and have always wondered what it's like to live somewhere where there is actually a good person in charge. Sadly, no one on this list qualifies as coming close.
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Level 73
Jan 4, 2020
Which country do you think has a good person in charge?
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Level 80
Jan 5, 2020
I'm with camus. Have there been any world leaders in history who were "good" in your estimation? I see several on the above list that I'd call good.
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Level 73
Jan 12, 2020
The question was sincere by the way, lol. Considering how many people you have to please and how many compromises you need to make even at the start of a political career, "good" is relative for any head of government/state. Especially for larger nations, which are more involved internationally. José Mujica sounds like an alright guy, but someone from Uruguay can probably cite at least half a dozen questionable things he's done or was forced to do.
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Level 63
Jul 15, 2020
Lacalle Pou is (and will be) 100x times better than pepe Mujica. In fact im Argentinean and planning to emigrate to Uruguay, my country´s government sucks big time