ПутаНИЦА в Ницце

ЛОНДОН: Сто лет тому назад, в английском юмористическом журнале Punch была нарисована картинка, изображающая нервного молодого пастора, сидящего за завтраком со своим епископом. Молодой человек ел сваренное яйцо, и по всей видимости, оно ему не нравилось. Епископ спросил: «С Вашим яйцом все в порядке?», на что последовал ответ: «Ваше преосвященство, оно прекрасно…местами».

Картинка всем понравилась и произвела на свет фразу, используемую до сих пор, хотя обычно неправильно понимаемую или неправильно употребляемую. Некоторые говорят: «Это часть яйца пастора», когда имеют в виду, что нечто является смесью плохого и хорошего. Но конечно, изначальный смысл шутки заключался в том, что пастор просто был вежливым, яйцо может быть либо плохим, либо хорошим, и то, которое он ел, было плохим.

Европейский саммит в Ницце на этой неделе (7-9 декабря) тоже своего рода «яйцо пастора». Вопрос состоит в том, будет ли он плохим на всем протяжении и по своим результатам, или будет «местами прекрасным». Возможный ответ: «И то, и другое». Скорее всего, саммиту не удастся достичь своих непосредственных целей, но он может открыть двери для серьезного прогресса в будущем.

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