Sunday 17 December 2017

Michael McDowell: Media has a duty to keep track of wider Euro picture

The Irish public deserves to know where it might lie if the EU's tectonic plates continue to shift, says Michael McDowell

While Irish voters watch with bemusement the rollercoaster progress of our Government's attempt to pin down Angela Merkel on the use of ESM monies to recapitalise our banks and to take some of the strain of Ireland's debt mountain, the tectonic plates in the architecture of the European Union are beginning to shift.

It is, sadly, a fact that in general terms our media seem to have a very myopic view of what is happening in Europe and what options are opening and closing for Ireland.

In particular, there is growing evidence that the UK, our nearest neighbour and the sovereign power in the North, is progressively becoming more and more semi-detached in its relationship with the EU.

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