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When the choice of the photo gives meaning to politics

(BRUSSELS2) The choice of “official” photos differs from one capital to another and perhaps illustrates more than anything the differences in discourse. Even the tribute to Altiero Spinelli on the island of Santo Stefano (near Ventotene), yesterday Monday (August 22), lends itself to different photogenic interpretations depending on whether we look at the photo used by the Italian Prime Minister, the German Chancellor or President of the French Republic.

For the presidency of the Italian Council, it is a solemn tribute to Three, where the leaders are immobile, facing the past, Matteo Renzi seeming more moved than the other two.

For the Elysée, France and Germany are side by side in action while Renzi watches. Tilting his head, he even seems to measure if necessary that the flowers are in the vase like an undertaker.

For Germany, it's a bit the opposite, Merkel (illuminated by the sun) and Renzi are in action, hanging their flowers, while, a little detached, in the shadows François Hollande observes...

And when Matteo Renzi stops, explains, his hands helping, with the strength of conviction that drives him, we seem to believe him. At least to see, Angela Merkel is real. The Chancellor listens politely, attentively. François Hollande seems more doubtful. A little fed up with the Italian atmosphere... no doubt, and would prefer to move forward. A very endearing photo — released by the Presidency of the Italian Council — which in fact symbolizes that between the three there is still a little way to go to have a little more unity (read article to be continued).RenziMerkelHollandCemeteryMano@Ita160822




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).