If only solving the eurozone crisis was as simple. A list of options for world leaders. A check box next to each one they prefer. And space at the end for extra requests, all of which are accommodated without any prior consideration of tricky political, economic or financial unions.
Everyone gets their way – at least in food if not in politics and economics, as this delicious story in Argentine newspaper La Nación details.
For Angela Merkel, the German chancellor: “no restrictions”, according to La Nación (somewhat unlike her approach to the eurozone). Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian president, also appears to be omnivorous: her check box on dietary requirements was left blank. Julia Gillard, Australian prime minister, is said to have specified no milk or other dairy products. Meanwhile Stephen Harper, Canada’s sober prime minister, apparently put a “no” next to alcoholic drinks. Such curt instructions give the impression of leaders with bigger issues on their mind than food. Not so Cristina Fernández, the Argentine president, who flew into the Mexican resort of Los Cabos from New York on her presidential plane, Tango 01.
Ms Fernández, fresh from nationalising energy company YPF and seeking to build an “anti-austerity” platform at the summit, provided a commensurately detailed dietary list. Green salads (Caesar and Caprese salads also acceptable) or vegetable soup for starters; boneless chicken, tuna or lightly cooked meats with steamed vegetables for the main course; peeled and sliced fresh fruit for desert, otherwise “light” raspberry jelly. The Presidential Palace added that Ms Fernández would be bringing her own water, teas, sweeteners and bread.
As she left Buenos Aires a few days ago, one wonders if she also brought a baker. Did anyone say Prima Donna?