Sunday 4 December 2016

Trump plus Brexit, and a domineering Germany

The world was about as good as it gets for Ireland in 2000. It didn't last and things could get much worse, says Dan O'Brien

Published 20/03/2016 | 02:30

RAISING CONCERNS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as head of the most powerful country in Europe, recently bypassed the EU institutions and other member states when dealing with Turkey on the migration crisis. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Sohn
RAISING CONCERNS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as head of the most powerful country in Europe, recently bypassed the EU institutions and other member states when dealing with Turkey on the migration crisis. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

Ireland's profile around the world rises at this time of year. It is a good moment to reflect on Ireland's place in the world.

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How has our position changed vis a vis our most important partners, how is it likely to change in the future, and what does this all mean for the prosperity and security of Irish people?

The bad news is that, from a sweet spot 15 years ago when all the stars aligned, the world as seen from the western edge of Europe is a considerably bleaker place today than it was at the turn of the century.

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