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Thomas Molloy: Kenny must keep eyes on prize at last-chance saloon

Published 08/12/2011 | 05:00

LIKE most recent James Bond films, European summits usually fail to live up to the hype, involve convoluted plots to save the planet and end with poker sessions pitting the small guys against a bunch of foreigners.

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The two-day summit that begins this evening is different. For once, the hype is justified; failure really could plunge the world into crisis, but Enda Kenny has a decent chance of winning his hand if he plays his cards right.

Everybody is aware of the stakes by now; even the most soothing and urbane bureaucrats in Europe admit failure to agree a comprehensive solution by Saturday morning could spell disaster for the single currency and the unity of the European Union. The stakes might be clear but the plot is still murky.

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