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21 Pictures Of European Leaders At The EU Summit Trying Their Best To Smile Naturally

Diplomacy with a rictus grin.

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1. European leaders are in Brussels for a make-or-break summit that could determine Britain's future in the European Union.

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2. Despite the high stakes, David Cameron seemed relaxed. Even happy.

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3. Even though he appeared to briefly forget what arms are for.

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4. And his "can you smell what flower this is" game with European Council president Donald Tusk wasn't a roaring success.

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5. Cameron's Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte seemed delighted just to have been invited.

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6. Almost ecstatically so.

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7. Rutte's enthusiasm rubbed off on Belgium's PM, Charles Michel.

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8.

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But to be honest, he looks delighted all the time, even when being covered in chips and mayonnaise.

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9. EU Parliament president Martin Schultz was also looking happy as.

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10.

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11. Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades ~flaunted~ his natural grin to reporters.

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12. While Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka seemed to be straining ever sinew to get this smile off the ground.

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13. Back to Cameron, and Dave was having a great time with his fellow EU leaders.

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14. Top bantz.

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15.

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16. Maybe Cameron was unaware that his doppelganger was lurking outside.

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17. At least Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel had the decency to wear a scarf to distinguish himself from Cameron.

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18. Meanwhile, Angela Merkel.

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19. Here are the totally-not-awkward preparations for the absolutely-not-at-all-awkward "family photo".

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20. So natural.

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21. It's the awkward family photo we can all relate to.

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If your family was 12% female. Sigh.

At least Finland's prime minister Juha Sipila looked happy.

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Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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