Achtung Enda: Taoiseach plants kiss on Merkel
It was handshakes and kisses rather than digs and sideswipes when Enda Kenny came face-to-face with Angela Merkel at an EU summit last night.
Talking tough earlier in the day, the Taoiseach took a sideswipe at European leaders who are putting domestic politics ahead of solving the eurozone crisis.
In what could be seen as a dig at the German chancellor, who is facing elections next autumn, Mr Kenny said it is "no time" for leaders to be thinking mainly of their own countries.
"There is no time for delays because of individual country issues," he said.
"This is something that has to be dealt with."
His comments came after the finance ministers of Germany, the Netherlands and Finland backtracked on an agreement to break the link between banking debt and sovereign debt and a specific deal for Ireland.