Hu Jintao as party chief in 2012. He is popular within the party and
viewed as market-friendly and prudent.
-- YouTube and its political director Steve Grove are shaping coverage of
the 2008 presidential campaign in ways unimagined in 2006.
-- The European Union. The U.S. presidential election may lead to an
overhaul of U.S. foreign policy and Europe may have the opportunity to
shape American policy for the next generation.
-- Bertrand Delanoe, Paris' mayor, turned a place derided as a "museum"
into the world's suggestion box for popular festivals and has become
one of France's most popular politicians.
-- David Miliband, Great Britain's secretary of State for Foreign and
Commonwealth Affairs and possible future prime minister.
-- General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has become the unlikely champion
of the Chevy Volt, a 150mpg plug-in electric car that GM is fast-
tracking for production in 2010.
-- Immigration. As the immigration debate heats up the campaign trail, we
should be asking broader questions about assimilation and ensuring that
people, once outsiders, don't forever remain marginalized.
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