Prospects and Probables

The sketchbook of a political cartoonist is an algebra calculator.

Riber Hansson, March 15, 2017.

The present pages are by Riber Hansson, assessing the possible turn of events of the week we are now halfway through. What shall have become the main topic of the week once we get to the weekend?

The Turkish constitutional referendum, the elections in the Netherlands and Angela Merkel meeting the new US presidcnt for the first time are three possible contenders, each of which are tested by Riber drawing the who behind the official face. The who behind the who, as it is. Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders are portrayed as twins; Riber's pen is noting their studious power play of dimples to gain the popular vote.

They are mirrored by Merkel and Trump, although their mutual resemblance is less a result of outward competition than their inner state of mind. Merkel (as we may presume) at meeting Trump and Trump being who he is. In being drawn next to each other, though, Merkel's chin takes on a determined edge, whereas Trump is all darkness going downwards.

Riber Hansson, March 15, 2017.

So these are the probable protagonists of our week. It is a harrowing truth that all other contenders shall prove to outshine:

Riber Hansson, March 15, 2017.
Note the full-page Trumpian tie encompassing all of his aides in trouble.

The sketches shown are courtesy of Riber Hansson and must not be reproduced without his permission.

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