Sunday 17 December 2017

Maurice Hayes: We can't use Merkel, Sarkozy as scapegoats for our own greed

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy refused to stand still and do nothing
Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy refused to stand still and do nothing

IT may be a partial cure for financial navel-gazing, but the only reference to Ireland in the weekend French papers is to glory in the triumph of les bleus/blancs at Lansdowne Road, proclaiming the victory of deeds over words as the more assured and professional French taught the Irish a thing or two about the game they thought they had invented.

Ironically, in the political sphere, it was indeed words rather than deeds which were offered as an outcome to the meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as they tried to give the Italians in particular a lesson in the game they had invented -- banking.

There can have been few more extravagant wastes of political capital than the efforts expended in Ireland to secure the endorsement of the Lisbon Treaty.

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