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What is a Mediterranean social lunch?

(BRUSSELS2, European summit) In a hurry to get things over with after discussing Greece and the economic crisis for days, European leaders almost left before the lunch normally dedicated to international issues. Angela Merkel's proposal to pack up more quickly aroused enthusiasm and almost unanimity. Faced with the possibility of the lunch being cancelled, we decided to bring forward the schedule and transform it into a “social lunch”, so as not to upset the High Representative who had planned to give the report to heads of state and government on the situation in the Middle East. A “social lunch” as a regular on European flights summed it up for me, “it's when we don't eat and we don't talk“. And indeed, it didn't fail. At 12:30-12:40 p.m. everything was folded and finished. The conclusions – prepared in advance – ratified without firing a shot. And the in-depth discussion on the Mediterranean and the Middle East postponed…

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).