Saturday 18 November 2017

The Week-ipidia: Europe's leaders have gone cuckoo

A minister from Silvio Berlusconi's last government has been arrested for allegedly helping a businessman convicted of Mafia links
A minister from Silvio Berlusconi's last government has been arrested for allegedly helping a businessman convicted of Mafia links
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Is Enda Kenny a fan of the cuckoo game? If not, he could well be missing out. It seems to have been all the rage among European leaders during the past decade.

You hide behind a historic monument during a diplomatic meeting, then come out and say to your fellow statesman or stateswoman: "Cuckoo!"

Here's Silvio Berlusconi talking to the BBC's Jeremy Paxman: "I went to St Petersburg to visit (Vladimir) Putin... Putin hid behind a pillar ... and he did 'cuckoo' to me from behind. So when (Angela) Merkel came to Trieste, thinking of what Putin had done to me, I basically hid behind a monument and I did the same thing."

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