Thursday 21 September 2017

In Poland, Irish soft power beats influence of France or Germany

Polish fans in Dublin ahead of an Ireland v Poland soccer match in 2015. Links between the two nations date back to at least 1693, when a Kerryman became personal physician to the king of Poland. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Polish fans in Dublin ahead of an Ireland v Poland soccer match in 2015. Links between the two nations date back to at least 1693, when a Kerryman became personal physician to the king of Poland. Photo: Caroline Quinn
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In times when France and Germany are hectoring other countries on what it means to be a good European, it is worth noting that it was Ireland, Britain and Sweden that first removed all restrictions on eastern Europeans.

In fact, Germany and France imposed much harsher restrictions on eastern European immigrants than any European country put on any migrants last year.

In 2003, then French president Jacques Chirac attacked countries hoping to join the EU, saying they missed a great opportunity to "shut up".

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