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Gene Kerrigan: Suddenly, everyone favours 'growth'

The music's stopped but Enda is still dancing to the same old austerity tune, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 13/05/2012 | 05:00

This is embarrassing on so many levels. Enda Kenny was revving up to full speed, poised to ram through his fiscal treaty referendum. Angela Merkel was happy.

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Greece was all squared away, bullied by EU bureaucrats and sneered at by Michael Noonan. Whatever Angela said, she could be sure that Little Nicky Sarko was standing a yard behind her, nodding enthusiastically. And, in Germany, ratifying Frau Merkel's fiscal treaty was routine.

Now, a week later -- well, it's embarrassing. For Enda, for Angela, for Little Nicky Disappearo. And, frankly, on a personal level, I find the latest turn of events to be mortifying. Suddenly, austerity is questioned and right across Europe everyone's into "growth".

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