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DECEMBER 20, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 24

Spotlight

HO, HO... OH-OH: It's not clear what Elian Gonzalez wants for Christmas, but if President Fidel Castro has his way, the six-year-old boy who was found floating in an inner tube off the Florida coast last month will be returned by the U.S. to Cuba. Illustration for TIME by Glynis Sweeny

Winners
GERHARD SCHRODER
As economy rebounds, German Chancellor is re-elected leader of Social Democrats. Helmut who?
MICHELE ALLIOT-MARIE
Egalité! New Gaullist leader becomes the first woman to head a major party in France
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
More magic from top U.S. diplomat, who persuades Israel and Syria to resume peace talks
  Losers
MIKE TYSON
In trouble again, this time for allegedly neglecting pet ferrets. At least he didn't bite their ears
NORIYUKI MAKIHARA
Japanese pop star with nice-guy image gets suspended jail term for drug possession
DAVID BECKHAM
Soccer star (and Posh Spice husband) blames paparazzi when speeding rap leads to lost license

Verbatim
"We're reaching the point where we've used up our final silver bullets."
RICHARD COOK, manager of the $165 million NASA Mars exploration project, after failing to contact the Mars Polar Lander

"We'll have to be the best of enemies."
KEVIN KEEGAN, England's coach, after his country was selected to be in the same group as Germany in the qualifying round of the 2002 football World Cup
  "I won't be a grandfather too soon--hopefully."
PRINCE CHARLES, declining an offer for his son William, 17, to take part in a sex education workshop for teenagers

"We're going to take some setbacks, particularly with my proclivity to put my foot in my mouth."
JOHN MCCAIN, Republican U.S. presidential candidate, on his shoot-from-the-hip campaign style

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