Saturday 7 December 2019

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."

And we wonder why Europe is in a mess.

nn Never mind rampant juggernauts or snarling 4X4 SUVs on the road, the wise luminaries of Dublin City Council have been considering "traffic calming measures for cyclists".

Those who pedal along a cycle way are no doubt fuming at a proposal to put up speed bumps just for them. What next? Well a cheaper option would be for motorists to roll down their windows and shout: "Calm down now!" That's bound to work.

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