Earlier today Nigel Farage, the leader of the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) asked for free trade with the EU while in the same breath insulting its leadership (e.g., "I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen ...").
During his retort to Farage, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission (and former PM of Luxembourg), replied, "That's the last time you are applauding here," as well as, "You were fighting for the exit, the British people voted in favor of the exit. Why are you here?"
Perhaps the two men did not fully anticipate the upcoming exchange or their emotional crescendos'. Or maybe they are very good friends - almost like family - but as with some families, fallout is just around the corner. For in the video above (before the session began) and captured in these still images, we see the them embracing. Moreover Juncker even cradles Farage's head and whispers in his ear. While some may site this as a manner to speak to him semi-privately in what is a crowded and noisy environment - it's also very much an encroachment into his personal space (more specifically, his intimate space).
In addition Juncker is exhibiting full palmar contact with both hands (although Farage's right hand in the above image appears to be somewhat cupped - thus touching, but not fully, Mr. Juncker). Despite the sharp verbal exchange which is soon to follow, this nonverbal behavior is indicative of more than just protocol, practicality or politeness - it's a strong signal of significant affection - particularly of Mr. Junker for Mr. Farage).
This was either a ruse (the two men are much closer than it would otherwise appear) or it's the fracturing of a friendship.
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