Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ireland is too small to topple the continent

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday
Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

EUROPEAN Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso put the cat among the pigeons when he used a late-night tirade to blame the euro's problems on Ireland.

He may be guilty of interfering in domestic affairs and he may have scored badly when it comes to diplomacy, but was he right? Is Ireland really the cause of Europe's problems?

The simple answer is, not really.

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