In search of a swansong for youth unemployment
POOR Enda. There he was hard at work in the Elysee Palace yesterday afternoon trying to save the young people of Ireland, and the brass-neck brigade in Fianna Fail are sniping at him back home, accusing him of "swanning around Paris with Angela Merkel".
But far from sipping une coupe de champagne with his pal the Chancellor in a chic bistro along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, the Taoiseach was crammed around a large table with 23 other EU leaders and various euro bigwigs, trying to sort out the serious question of how to get the 5.5 million jobless young people across Europe back to work.
And much fuss has been made by various heads of government over the much-heralded 'youth guarantee' which is due to be rolled out next year. Under this scheme, all under-25s must be given a good-quality offer of a job, education or training within four months of becoming unemployed.