Europe: Smiling Again

For a tall man, France's Charles de Gaulle has mastered a difficult diplomatic trick: the art of stooping without actually bending an inch. He likes to employ it whenever his allies get particularly incensed at his prideful, nationalistic policies, since it invariably produces a smile of relief all around without changing anything. Last week, as the 15 ministers of the NATO Council assembled in London to a fanfare from six trumpeters of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. De Gaulle, though not present himself, was at his stooping best.

Knee Flexing. His timing...

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