Vision versus farce
The photo of Boris Johnson putting his foot on a coffee table during talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron sparked controversy, even if the British prime minister did appear to be responding to a joke by his host.
Many British people took to social media to express their disapproval of Johnson's behavior, calling it "rude" and "shameful."
"Never shy to play the clown during his political career," was how a Reuters report from Paris put it.
Reactions suggested that most observers have come to expect such antics from Johnson, and that they didn't think that he meant his move as a joke.
"Unconventional" is the least offensive epithet one can attribute to the British leader, who many have labeled "Europe's Trump."
As a result of its multidimensional crisis and its pursuit of a fresh direction, Europe has in recent years been fertile ground for...