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Europe's bullies must be defeated

Our status as a republic is in danger as we cede ever more power to the EU, says Stephen Donnelly

Published 04/12/2011 | 05:00

Last Wednesday morning, Enda Kenny made a short statement to a largely empty Dail on next Friday's meeting in Europe. His statement appeared to mark a fundamental change in government policy on European integration.

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The Government's policy, other than that of simply obeying the troika's orders, has been difficult to discern at the best of times. But the Taoiseach had appeared to put it on firmer ground during his recent visit to Germany. Then, he was widely reported as ruling out change in the European treaties.

"We should work to maximise the effectiveness of the instruments available to us under the current treaties," he said. "We should concentrate on what we can do now."

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