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EU 'one for all' ideal lost as Merkozy takes charge

It is time to identify a new voice in the debate on Europe, that of the Eurorealist, writes Jody Corcoran

Published 18/12/2011 | 05:00

Over the next three months, political discourse here will be dominated by the issue of Europe. The outcome will be fundamental to the future of the country. It is essential that we get it right.

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Before the debate gets properly under way in the new year, it might be helpful to try to bring some clarity to, and urge caution on, the labels which are applied and the language used.

It might also be instructive to bear in mind that Europe faces an immediate crisis, but also, and separately, both medium and long-term ambitions. At the outset I should declare that I believe the future of Ireland to be within the European Union.

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