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    Hello All,
    I've been trying to make up the meaning of the phrase for ten days, and still haven't found it.

    In a text Timothy Garton Ash writes on the European Union, he calls the future foreign policy of the Union "diplomats' daily salmon and wine, but of no interest to an ordinary joe". Do you think the translation "con lo que desayunan cada día los diplomáticos, pero que interesa muy poco a un tipo normal" is acceptable?

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    I guess "daily salmon and wine" represents a very sophisticated and expensive way of life. Maintaining their way of life is their real policy or agenda.

    Asì es como lo entiendo, hablando del futuro de la politica exterior " Que no falte el salmòn y el vino en la mesa de los diplomàticos, pero sin considerar los intereses del ciudadano comùn."

    La politica exterior estara mas preocupada por que no falte salmon y vino en la mesa de los diplomaticos, sin el minimo interes por el ciudadano comun.

    Considera, adaptaciones.

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    I agree with Mario here.

    However, if you wrote the whole sentence maybe we could give you a better translation.

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    You're right, the full sentence changes the context. In another forum, some helpful natives explained that the meaning was close to "bread and butter"-pan de cada día in Spanish.
    Now another question follows: would you accept "desayunar con" as a synonym of "pan de cada día"?

    Thank you.

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    Now I`m lost

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    Not really, Iwona. Pan de cada día is something you do yourself. For example, translating for me, is the pan de cada día...I do it everyday.
    It refers to something you do everyday but not necessarily related to food.
    As for the phrase,
    the future foreign policy of the Union "diplomats' daily salmon and wine, but of no interest to an ordinary joe".
    it refers to the fact that the foreign policy is of interest to the diplomats but the common citizen does not care about it as they would not care about wine and salmon, but more about other meals that would feel their stomach...This is how I see it!!!
    hope it helps!
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