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This image is the real reason Trump pulled out of the final communique. And probably the Germans publicised the photo with that end in mind.
I think Bolton has the Caravaggio dagger hidden under his briefing notes.
You sure not his mustache?
Somehow Mr Trump in this photo reminds me of Dennis the Menace on June 12,2018: http://dennisthemenace.com
America's trade deficit with China is $385b. But China's total current account surplus is only $162b. China must be losing a lot of trade with Europe, especially with Germany and France.
Caravaggio-esque without chiaroscuro. Trump is listening to Macron's complaints, Merkel is dramatically concurring with Macron, and Abe is irritated with them both.
What a sur title. Belongs on the NY Post! (That’s a compliment).
It's a great pity that the guy on the far left is obscuring May and Macron, because without his obstruction this would have been even more enthralling.
Personally, I first thought of Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson when I saw this picture. If only Trump were a corpse being disected....
As much as I adore the way Prospero embedded this picture in art history I equally feel that there's a lack of true dramatism on the left-side-of-the-picture team (which contains also Emmanuel Macron). No true daggers in Angela Merkel's eyes at all. She is a very good and experienced politician and she must very well remember the words of a historical figure Prospero does not mention. Rightly so, as I don't think there are any pieces of dynamic art with Stalin. While his famous words: The Pope! How many divisions has he got? must be somewhere in the back of Merkel's head. Surely also in the front of Donald Trump's one, judging by the expression of his face...
Indeed, ol' gal, Mürkey has many reasons to look more deathly than ever, now bein' seen as the one who assured that Germany is being blamed for wrecking Europe 3 times in one century, forsooth ! Not a pretty sight.
Well we take another shy today at the tumbling coconuts of the EU, what?
But first there is, as of yesterday, another coconut called the isolation and shaving away of general global influence of the EU, such that EU may have more trouble sitting like a vulture in a boabab tree in meetings of institutions comprising some reasonable wedge of its members. Donald Trump put that new coconut in the cup in the global fairground when he dismantled G7 yesterday.
The EU has struggled, especially since the USSR retreated, for all semblances of nationhood, anthem (the ultimate insult to Ludo), acned flag and so on and its seat at WTO, G7, G20, €MF bear witness to this jealous necessity. Watch WTO be the first to erode the EU seat.
The other coconut now being fusilladed by many is the EU migration coconut and the Dublin milk within it.
In the last days we have seen a Merky back-down, I think necessary along with others, to keep her in power, on the migrant issue. She is saying no more Heimat Einladung but subscription to the Soros idea of massive development aid in Africa and the Arab world. Italy has put a stop to her attempst at Heimat ENTladung. She'll try POLAND next--:-))
I noted the almost word perfect continuation of the traditional CoE chair key agenda item from outgoing Bulgaria in 20 days to the incoming Austria who chair until December 31. That agenda item is to reform, or rather repeal the Sokrazy-Merkel 2008 firstfootfall asylum clauses, and is strongly demanded. We'll soon see how far that gets, old gal.
Today we see, probably in response to his large electoral support in yesterday's local elections across the south and especially in Sicily, Lega's Salvini leaving a boat of 630 in the Med., chiming in on the IOM predictions (13,000 already) for a real crowd in 2018 and lack of EU counters or protection. Then further underlining, with the support of a silent Malta since Muscat took power in early 2013, the iniquity of Dublin. All this has irked Spain who feel govrnmentally obliged to take the migrants only I suggest to placate the EU and probably with popular comeback on a very minority regime run by Sanchez. Then finally a general muttering from all the firstfootfalls (Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain) that these people - mostly from Chad, Mali, Mauretania - should go to France, Corsica (France's secessionism capital) being actively proposed.
I think the EU will not have a nice time at their end June conference. And a friend in Brussels says if Trump-Kim goes reasonably well another coconut will be put in the range - Iran sanctions to underline the steel and aluminium tariffs and perhaps their bellicose escalation.
No, not looking good for EUnity these days at all, eh ole gal?
Commodore Sammy da Horta de Lisboa e de São Martinho do Porto do Vale de Guisos with his latest bucketful o' sooth to watch!
To me, the dynamic tension is between the Europeans (Merkle & Macron) on the left side and Trump, Bolton and Abe on the right side. Mrs. Merkle looks forceful and direct, but Trump's defiant, contemptuous glare and Abe (sycophantic) distain for Merkle sums up the event.