Thomas Molloy: Radical answers needed as face of Europe is changing
Published 08/11/2011 | 05:00
MICHAEL Noonan threw caution to the wind last week and lambasted Germany and France in a speech on Europe which was as undiplomatic as it was bracing.
Mr Noonan broke two taboos; he dared to speak about Ireland's national interest and warned that Paris and Berlin are dominating the continent at the expense of smaller countries such as Ireland.
To prevent this from happening, he said we need to make common cause with smaller countries inside and outside the single currency to prevent the large countries from hijacking the European Union.