I'm the first to admit, I'm no expert in diplomatic protocol. This morning US Secretary of State Clinton flew to the UK for a whistle-stop visit. She met Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary, David Milliband.
This is from the FCO Flickr site. The UK is a member of the European Union, but there is no sign of the European flag anywhere. I thought this may just be a mistake, so I started Googling, and it soon became clear that the UK seems a bit reluctant to display the EU flag anywhere near these diplomatic occasions
Here is another example
I'm pretty sure if I continued, I'd be hard pressed to find a EU flag behind any UK politician in the UK .
I then began to wonder whether the other EU members were as ashamed of the flag as we were.
I think you know where this is going!
This is the reverse of the Brown Sarko visit in July 2009.
and this the visit of President Obama to Dresden with Angela Merkel
and Obama with Sarko
and Obama at the G8 with Berlusconi and President Napolitano
And this is Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor( right) with Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski in Ljubljana in January 2009