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Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain’s second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo. He previously served as foreign correspondent in France and as Culture section editor. He has covered wide-ranging events throughout his career, including the Basque conflict, Catalan politics, Francois Mitterrand’s final years as president of France, his successor Jacques Chirac’s election, and the death of Princess Diana. Close.

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Obama: Skip the Formalities

The Current Discussion: Rate Obama's first performance on the international stage on a scale of 1-10, and tell us why you think so.

OBAMA AT G 20: average, 7. Meeting was too formal for an informal guy like him. Better in bilateral encounters than in such a heterogeneous group.

PHOTO CALL: 8. He was next to Berlusconi, always a risk. He takes advantage of the Italian prime minister's old-comrade attitude, with a hand in his shoulder. Perfect smile.

SPEECH: 6 Mediocre. Too lyric. All European newspapers feature his photo in the front page. No mention of his words.

INFLUENCE: 6, which is low for the President of the United States. Brown looks like the master in command with the couple Sarkozy-Merkel playing tenor roles.

MICHELLE: 10. The real Queen of the London summit. Carla Bruni was absent but Michelle was there. She broke the protocol by touching Queen Elizabeth - the Summit's real historical moment

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