The Moscow Times depicted the crisis in Cyprus and the Eurozone with the image of a faux Renaissance painting with all the major protagonists, with the focus on German Chancellor Angela Merkel dressed as a tavern woman. The picture has gone viral with thousands of reposts on social media and blogs .
On her left, Greek Prime Minister is depicted as bowing to her, in a swipe at the Greek Premier’s submissive responses to her demands, a ragged, fearful French President Francois Hollande timidly standing before her, and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde holding out her hand like a beggar.
At the same time, Merkel is ignoring the other alleged leaders of the European Union, apparently believing she is (and many agree) with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi apparently underlings.
Merkel has eyes only for Russian President Vladimir Putin and French actor Gerard Depardieu, who said he would take up Russian citizenship to protest France’s 75 percent tax rate on the rich.