The issue and challenges to French president in the country is to cut the alarming rate of taxes, the aftermath of global financial crises, the sovereign debts crises, unemployment due to continued layoff, accomplishment of GDP and per capita targets, liberal market reforms, alignment of the foreign policy to emerge more closely with the US, and problems due to the reentry in the NATO are some of the challenges that Nicolas Sarkozy has been confronting (Paumeir, 2011). However, due to his inborn leadership skills, transformational leadership style, and can do approach he is leading from the front (The New York Times, 2011). According to former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Sarkozy did not act like the conventional political leader, rather he resembles as a force of nature. Sarkozy has the nerve and vigor along with strengths that has made him one of the most popular leaders in the history of France.
On the other hand, German chancellor Angela Merkel is also confronted with different issues, as the country that she is leading is regarded as the biggest and the wealthiest amongst the EU, she has to maintain the statuesque of the country (Judi, 2011). In addition, she is confronted with other challenges that include the sovereign debt crises, the deadly E.coli and the protection of Libya one of the country's strategic partners from the Western allies (Hanley, 2011). Moreover, she has been governing the country as a result of the coalition; however the popularity of the coalition is decreasing with the passage of time as it has lost the local election. Merkel's decision to work for the bailout of Greece, Portugal, and Ireland is also under severe criticism particularly from the public who regard the actions as the waste of their hard paid taxes (Bohn & Jong, 2011). Her leadership is confronted with these challenges, however Merkel is regarded as thinking personality and she takes every step after thorough consideration. She is strong activist for human rights around the world, and is the first woman chancellor of the Germany (Pakulski & Higley, 2012).