I am just being a bit cheeky here but sometimes you see pictures of European leaders and you wonder “How friendly were they really?” Above and below are pictures of Kohl and Mitterand,holding hands in Verdun, 1984
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev embraces Erich Honecker, hardline communist and general secretary of the Communist Party (SED) as members of SED applaud during the 11th SED party’s congress, on April 17, 1986 in East Berlin. The socialist fraternal kiss or socialist fraternal embrace was a special form of greeting between the statesmen of Communist countries.
That Honecker sure got around Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker change kisses after Brezhnev was honored with the title “Hero of the German Democratic Republic” and the “Karl Marx Medal”.
Europe’s odd couple, often called Merkozy.
French president François Hollande is greeted by President Higgins and Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin
Russian President Putin holds hand of German Chancellor Merkel during tour of Hanover Messe in Hanover.
Ending with one more of Honecker and Brehznev.