Talks may be 'fruitful', but sour taste remains
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier had to thumb through his silver lining's playbook several times to come up with something positive to say about the latest round of talks with Britain about its departure from the union.
On the subject of Ireland, discussions were "fruitful". We will have to wait until another day to ascertain what that fruit was, but from the overall tone of these talks one suspects that it might well be a sour grape.
For Mr Barnier scarcely sought to hide his frustration. The third round of talks have yielded "no" decisive progress.