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>Meeting President Pottering


The European Parliament is an odd place. There’s a lot going on there. In recent weeks I’ve heard choirs, seen virtuoso pianists, met film directors and so on. This is when the place isn’t in session, when it is, it gets even more surreal.

Which brings us to today’s photo. My fellow hack, Cillian has heard a rumour that, deep withing the parliament, there was a cardboard cut out of the president of the parliament, Hans Gert Pottering that you could shake hands with. So we decided to look for it.

It was around lunch time and most people had gone off for lunch, which gave us the break we’d been looking for and thanks to the notoriously lax security we wandered through an unlocked office into the print rooms and wandered around unchallenged. We’d been looking around for a while when, all of a sudden, a pair of doors opened automatically and there he was!

Two of him. you can see the second in the left of the photo. So we took some photos and nobody seemed to care.

Now there are other life sized cardboard figures, there’s another one in the main lobby that may have been Monet or someone. Presumably, somewhere they’re all stored together. Imagine that, a room full of effigies of dodgy european politicians.