It was hardly Cannes or the Oscars but the stars of European conservatism got their chance to step into the spotlight, congratulate each other and give out prizes this week.
The European People’s Party (EPP) congress was also the moment for the Continent’s center-right A-listers to fire up their supporters for the European Parliament election campaign.
Here is POLITICO’s guide to the heroes and villains of Helsinki.
Palme d’Or — Manfred Weber
Best Actor — Alexander Stubb
Lifetime Achievement — Angela Merkel
Best Villain in a Drama Series — Emmanuel Macron
Best Villain in a Tragicomedy — Nigel Farage and the U.K.
Best Hero in a Tragicomedy — Michel Barnier
Best Director — EPP President Joseph Daul
Best Spiritual Adviser — Pope Francis
Resurrection Award for Legacy Longevity — Helmut Kohl