Tuesday 12 December 2017

Europe needs a rebuild with people at its heart

Fine ideas like unity do not work without the support of those being united, and failure is not an option, writes Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

THE headlines put it this way: '10-day deadline to save the euro'. Michael Noonan had another take. "That's drama rather than reality," he said. So let us try to avoid drama.

What Olli Rehn, the economics commissioner, actually said was this: "We are now entering the critical period of 10 days to complete and conclude the crisis response of the European Union."

In a way, Rehn was right -- we are in a critical period -- but mostly he was wrong. All they will do in these 10 days is buy a little more time. The crisis response will not conclude this week or next, or for a while to come.

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