Europe's prime ministers and presidents descended on Brussels equipped with plastic bubbles and hazmat suits this week, as paranoid leaders panicked about the prospect of contracting COVID-19 during a Council summit.
Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron were seen being rolled towards the meeting room, but came a cropper when it turned out that the doorways were too narrow for their bubbles.
Aides lubricated the entrance-way before forcing the leaders' spheres into the room. Sources say that Merkel was seen rolling over Greece's prime minister before coming to a halt in a corner near a puzzled Ursula von der Leyen.
Sources say that hapless Council President Charles Michel caused widespread panic when he tripped over a stray computer chord, bursting Macron's bubble with a biro he was carrying in his hand.
Bodyguards were quick to neutralise Michel and Macron was squirrelled away by over-zealous aides.