Trudeau Visits Ireland to Discuss Trade, but Host’s Socks Steal the Show
DUBLIN – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was beaten at his own game by his Irish counterpart, young and newly elected Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Tuesday.
Before the first meeting of two of the three new faces of Western politics, speculation has focused on whether Mr. Varadkar, 38, and M. Trudeau, 45, could re-create the chemistry between M. Trudeau And the third member of his youth Trinidad, President of France Emmanuel Macron, who is 39 years old.
Mr Trudeau and Mr Macron were beaten at the summit of the May 7 Group and will meet this week at the Group of 20 summit in Germany.
But the first opportunity of Mr. Varadkar’s photo with M. Trudeau in Dublin showed that the Irish prime minister would not only be the third in contention.
Justin Trudeau and the case of the socks ‘Star Wars’ May 5, 2017
M. Trudeau has an inclination for eccentric hosiery, and has already put on socks in honor of “Star Wars” and public appearance of NATO.
However, an Irish journalist with penetrating eyes realized that he wore gray and white striped socks submerged Tuesday. Mr. Varadkar won with bright red socks decorated Mounted Canada and maple in homage to his visitor.
M. Trudeau has demonstrated his experience with the flat and narrow club Hurley and with the ball known as the sliotar used in the sport to start Tuesday in Dublin.
At a joint press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Varadkar bravely put his shoes on the cameras before presenting his guest with a custom Irish rugby shirt and a pair of Celtic green socks.
But M. Trudeau had his own moment to shine. In a demonstration of traditional Irish sports, he has proven to be very skilled in the difficulty of living in a sliotar or bouncing a ball at the tip of a flat and narrow stick.
Mr. Varadkar, who attended a private school that promotes a slightly more attractive sport and type of hockey, refused to meet the challenge.
“I do not do that,” he said.
Beyond the jokes, the leaders had real business deal. They reaffirmed their country’s support for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, which must be ratified individually by the 28-member bloc.
Like its troubled older brother, the transatlantic trade and investment partnership between the United States and Europe, the trade agreement between Canada and the EU has met with resistance from environmentalists, trade unionists, farmers and others who fear That provisions that allow private companies to sue governments for the loss of profit from the detriment of the power of states to enforce regulations.