The spectacular death of Boris Johnson dominated the news around the world.

His colorful character in office and the series of scandals that dogged his administration made sure of that.

The German media called him Skandalnudel, loosely translated, apparently scandalist.

The Americans called him a key ally.

Some derided him as too deferential to previous President Donald Trump, who called Mr Johnson a British version of himself.

But he maintained a close relationship with Mr Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, particularly over Ukraine, despite disputes over Brexit and Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister, who was born in America, is loved by many there.

But American commentator Ian Bremer told Sky News that even his supporters admit his time in office has not improved Britain’s position in the world.

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“Scandal after scandal after scandal”

Mr Bremer said: “He is very intelligent. He is extremely attractive. But as a political leader he was also deeply narcissistic and not good for the UK.

“And even if Americans miss him, we have to admit that it was a bad period for British politics.

“It was covered in scandal after scandal after scandal, Boris Johnson was caught in lie after lie. And they don’t need it.”

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He was something of an individual on the world stage. Who else would use an international summit to taunt Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging fellow leaders to “show him your breasts”?

For some it is a refreshing change of character, for others an infuriating liar who has reneged on Britain’s word on the Northern Ireland protocol in pursuit of leaving the EU, to the frustration and fury of European leaders.

Under Johnson “one could hope that the government would be unreliable”

Belgian MEP and critic of the prime minister, Philippe Lamberts, told Sky News that the Johnson administration had damaged Britain’s position in the world, but not – he hopes – irreparably.

“Under Boris Johnson, the government could not be trusted – or, I should say, it could be trusted that it was unreliable.

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“That’s the main problem – I’ve been on record saying I can’t trust a word the British government says.

“(Whatever) government we have, I hope we can rebuild trust because Brexit has happened and it’s just a fact of life.”

But in Ukraine it is a completely different story.

“Here, in Ukraine, he is a hero”

Kis Heisinger, who runs a farm in central Ukraine, told Sky News: “Here in Ukraine, he is a hero.

“It’s a shame it ended this way, but hopefully there will be other people who can continue the fight against the Russians.”

There was a similar mood on the streets.

The prime minister was one of the first leaders to visit Ukraine when the war broke out and is seen as a staunch fighter.

Recently, he felt more at ease on the world stage, where he could avoid mounting problems at home.

In Bavaria at the G7, he was relaxed enough to mock the Russian leader.

And when he leaves, he may well join the list of leaders who are remembered more abroad than at home.

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