Today began what promises to be both a hellishly busy and a very enjoyable week. Every day is choc-a-bloc full of meetings, many of them on important political or administrative issues. But in between, like a delicious jam filling in an otherwise fairly dry sponge cake, are a whole series of very pleasant end-of-year-related activities. I took my team out to lunch today. Jean (top left in the picture) gave me a knot to undo. I had five minutes and failed miserably. He then handed it over to my IT coordinator, Bernard (not in the picture, alas), who undid it within thirty seconds. There is a moral somewhere in that little episode, but I don’t think I want to know it! To my left is Jonna. On the other side are Eleonora, Anna and Henrike. Danny and Zoltan are also out of this particular picture.