Staycation time: EU leaders keep it low-key
2013 is the year for low-key holidays for Europe's politicians, sensitive to the fact that many Europeans say they cannot afford to go on holiday given the recession and high levels of unemployment.
Some leaders are choosing destinations in their own country, known as "staycations". Some have even gone so far as to order their political colleagues to not go abroad this year.
The destinations the leaders have chosen reflect their needs this summer- to get away from prying eyes and angry voters who are closely watching their leaders to see if they practice the austerity that they preach.
Vacation location: Italian Alps
Merkel traditionally opts for holidays in Italy and reportedly spends every Easter on the Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples.
This summer, she will spend at least part of her 18-day vacation hiking in the Italian Alps, according to Reuters. A German governments spokesman would not confirm the location, however, although he said Angela Merkel's last podcast before her holiday had mentioned a hiking holiday.
It might be just the time Merkel needs to clear her head ahead of national elections in Germany on September 22. The latest weekly FORSA poll gave Merkel's center-right coalition a 12-point lead over the center-left alliance, but her party has not been without troubles lately, most recently over the U.S. spying scandal.
Germans have been angered by the extent of U.S. spying, but the German government has been walking a fine line between co-operating with the U.S. and seeking explanations from the U.S. over revelations made by Edward Snowden.
Ahead of her holiday, which started on July 19, Merkel gave her traditional "summer press conference" during which she defended her stance on U.S. spying.
Vacation location: Fort de Brégançon
The French president, who's been dubbed "Mr Austerity" by the press for slashing his own and government officials' salaries, will try to practice what he preaches by staying in France during his two weeks of annual leave at the start of August. But he will still be holidaying in style.
According to Le Parisien newspaper, Hollande and his partner Valérie Trierweiler traveled to the traditional summer residence of French presidents on Thursday.
Fort de Brégançon on the French Riviera is set atop a rocky outcrop in the Mediterranean. It has been the property of the French state and has been used as a summer residence for the republic's leaders for over four decades.
Hollande has a second home near Cannes but according to the The Guardian newspaper, this is deemed too "showbiz" at a time when Hollande's popularity ratings are already at an all-time low.
Hollande is sensitive to reports that last year he spent too much time on holiday. French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday that Hollande had ordered his ministers to holiday in France so they wouldn't be too far from Paris. He has also banned them from taking more than 16 days of holiday.
The French presidential office was not immediately available to confirm the reports.
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