Thomas Molloy: Gulf between Cowen and Merkel not easily bridged
IN times of crisis, personality, instinct and personal history matter. Brian Cowen and Angela Merkel, the two people at the centre of this week's drama, are divided by a gulf in belief and upbringing that is almost impossible to bridge.
It goes a long way to explaining why the leaders of two long-term allies are so unable to find common ground.
Merkel is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor who was discriminated against by the authorities for her father's religious beliefs. She trained as a scientist and then became a dissident, fighting the system in East Germany when few thought the communist government would ever fall.