This cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent relates to the Cyprus bank bailout under which Cyprus's second largest bank - Laiki Bank - will be closed down and deposits above 100,000 euros moved into a "bad bank".
There will be a federal election in Germany in September, and German public opinion is against further EU bailouts (which are mostly financed by Germany). To avoid damaging her chances in the election, Angela Merkel insisted on exceptionally harsh terms for the Cyprus bailout package. The cartoon shows the euros "contributed" by the Cypriot banks being transformed into votes.
1. A safe is a strong metal cupboard with special locks, in which you keep money, jewellery, or other valuable things. • The files are now in a safe to which only he has the key.
2. A ballot box is the box into which ballot papers are put after people have voted.
• Peter Brookes cartoon (The Times)