The best photograph of Cyprus’s nonexistent bank run

We here at Foreign Policy had been preparing for the day Cyprus’s banks reopened by collecting pictures of bank runs from around the world — on the chance that this morning we’d wake up to long lines of frantic depositors. But with headlines like "Euro Rises Amid Cyprus Calm"  and "All Is Calm as Cyprus ...

Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images
Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images
Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images

We here at Foreign Policy had been preparing for the day Cyprus's banks reopened by collecting pictures of bank runs from around the world -- on the chance that this morning we'd wake up to long lines of frantic depositors.

But with headlines like "Euro Rises Amid Cyprus Calm"  and "All Is Calm as Cyprus Banks Re-Open After 12 Days," that idea has sort of fizzled out. (Come back to this space next time there really is a bank run, though, for some great pictures!)

So instead, we present you with this: a Cyprus so calm that a man feels comfortable standing in front of a bank with a parrot on his head. 

We here at Foreign Policy had been preparing for the day Cyprus’s banks reopened by collecting pictures of bank runs from around the world — on the chance that this morning we’d wake up to long lines of frantic depositors.

But with headlines like "Euro Rises Amid Cyprus Calm"  and "All Is Calm as Cyprus Banks Re-Open After 12 Days," that idea has sort of fizzled out. (Come back to this space next time there really is a bank run, though, for some great pictures!)

So instead, we present you with this: a Cyprus so calm that a man feels comfortable standing in front of a bank with a parrot on his head. 

Enjoy.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer is the Europe editor at Foreign Policy. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Forbes, among other places. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degrees from Peking University and the London School of Economics. The P.Q. stands for Ping-Quon. Twitter: @APQW

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