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The News Minute | August 30, 2014 | 1.30 pm IST

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi got cheeky with reporters during a press conference on Friday. They were in for a pleasant surprise when the leader offered them, of all things, Italian gelato. 

As a witty reaction to The Economist’s cover that showed him holding a cone on a sinking ship, Renzi scheduled a press conference and roped in a master ice cream maker to help with the idea, according to a PTI report.

"I happily offer you an ice cream, it's real Italian gelato," he said to the journalists. 

The picture showed the three main Eurozone leaders of Germany, Italy and France aboard a sinking boat made out of a euro note. Standing behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Renzi is shown holding an ice cream. 

The picture also shows Mario Draghi, the Italian head of the European Central Bank trying to salvage the boat by throwing water out with a pail.

This isn’t the first time The Economist has teased national leaders. Only this year, it had put as its cover a figure-skating version of Russian President Vladmir Putin.

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