For the seventh year, the Financial Times has ranked the fiscal masters of the EU’s 19 largest economies on their financial and political skills. In 2012, the challenges were as tough as at any time since the eurozone debt crisis hit in late 2009. Under pressure from financial markets over public finances, and facing the prospect of the monetary union falling apart, politicians and central bankers finally began putting in place structures and reforms that they hope will secure its long-term future. Greece’s fate remains uncertain; talks on its debt collapsed on Wednesday. A vital ally of the euro – FT.com.