Angela Merkel tops popularity ladder of foreign leaders


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most popular foreign statesman in the Czech Republic, according to a poll conducted by the polling agency STEM. Angela Merkel is followed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. On the other hand, presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin often evoke strong negative emotions. They are disliked by 56 and 65 percent of Czechs respectively.