Sundays papers are full of reaction to yesterdays NATO summit – as ever the media is impressed by President Barack Obama’s performance.
Le Journal du Dimanche (France)
This French daily sums the trip up with the headline "Obama the European". Following the G20 and the NATO summit – five days in Europe – and the American president has erased the Bush years.
On the inside pages they discuss how Obama conquered Europe. They put it down to the art of compromise. One big success was how Obama took Turkish PM Erdogan to one side, convincing him to accept the leadership of the Danish prime minister as the head of NATO. The meeting of first ladies Carla and Michelle was also irresistible fodder.
There’s also mention of Silvio Berlusconi’s snub of protocol at the beginning of the NATO summit, which won him column inches all around Europe this morning.
The Italian PM lagged behind the other world leaders at the opening of the summit, delayed by a mobile phone call.
Corriere della Sera (Italy)
Regina e Merkel: nessuna gaffe
Silvio Berlusconi was photographed waving Angela Merkel away as he continued his call. Corriere della Sera says their PM is defending his actions, and that it isn’t a gaffe. Berlusconi says the media is out to get him.
He says he was trying to get Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to accept the appointment of the Danish Prime Minister as NATO chief. They have a picture of Berlusconi, his phone glued to his ear on the front page.
This paper echo’s Berlusconi’s excuse that he was trying to negotiate the NATO leadership deal. They show the sequence of events in photos.
Unsurprisingly, the UK press was quick to pick up on this as another one of Berlusconi’s gaffes.
The Times (UK)
Scusi, I’s a busy – Berlusconi keeps leaders waiting
They say he chatted on the phone while the other premiers hung about on the river bank – asking ironically, what could be more important? His stock broker – his wife? They then list Berlusconi’s other undiplomatic incidents – as does The Independent.
The Independent (UK)
Italian Charm – Berlusconi’s history of gaffes
Shooing away Angela Merkel is just the latest of his poor diplomacy. Only earlier this week his attempts to get Obama’s attention in London annoyed the Queen, who asked “why does that man have to shout?”
Another story making it into the French papers today is the Algerian elections.
Aujourd’hui en France (France)
Bouteflika – pour un troisième mandat
Aujourd’hui en France reckons incumbent President Bouteflika will easily take these elections, winning a his third term in office. They say he has been omnipresent in the run up to the vote – his is the face on billboards and on telly. Faced with virtually no opposition, he is bound to win.