The list features diverse figures such as Viktor Orbán, pop-star Stromae, and the young founders of the Refugees Welcome movement.
It was selected by senior editors of the publication. As Politico notes, "The result comprises people who aren’t in obviously powerful positions or those with overwhelming popular appeal, but who are, nonetheless, on the cusp of power, where the greatest influence is so often exerted."
Dombrovskis, who stepped down as Prime Minister in 2013 after the Zolitūde supermarket crash, earned a spot on the list as a swimmer against the tide, and as a leader who "campaigns in powerpoint and governs in numbers".
The publication notes, in line with its 'cusp of power' approach, that "Dombrovkis is the man Brussels insiders bet will step into the hot seat should any political or personal tragedy befall Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker or Council President Donald Tusk (whom he nearly beat for the job in 2014)."