Tuesday 12 December 2017

Does the Apple saga mean the end of our on-off love affair with EU?

Apple chief Tim Cook Photo: Steve Humphreys
Apple chief Tim Cook Photo: Steve Humphreys
John Downing

John Downing

Could this Apple saga mean the definitive loss of Ireland's 'EU innocence?' Could we see Irish indifference and impatience with Brussels turn to open hostility?

Two key 'flip-flop' indicators this week suggest we cannot rule out such a negative development of Europhobia among the Irish people. We saw Fine Gael go to war with the EU Commission, while Sinn Féin took Brussels to its heart.

All of that while Ireland stood in as the sandwich meat between the world's biggest company, Apple, and the world's biggest trading bloc, the European Union.

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