Brendan Keenan: Election politics play a big part in keeping crisis bubbling over
The French answer to our current economic woes is more Europe, just as almost every other EU nation is wondering if there should be less integration
ONE used to get quite cross when, in the days of "The Troubles", efforts at political progress would have to be suspended, we were told, because of imminent local elections.
Lives might be at risk, but being elected a Northern Ireland district councillor had to come first.
Admittedly, it is a long way from bin collection in Swatragh to the presidency of France, or the chancellorship of Germany, but the explanations given for Tuesday's strange Franco-German summit had a familiar ring. Radical measures to save the euro are off the agenda because everyone has elections to win.