Saturday 20 January 2018

Stephen Kinsella: Being the nice kid in Dr Merkel's class is going to get us nowhere

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Enda Kenny: 'Dr Merkel's comments are effectively meaningless. What happens if, having 'examined' Irish debt problems, the authorities decide to do nothing?' Photo: Getty Images
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Enda Kenny: 'Dr Merkel's comments are effectively meaningless. What happens if, having 'examined' Irish debt problems, the authorities decide to do nothing?' Photo: Getty Images

THE Soviet defector Igor Gouzenko is widely believed to have started the Cold War in 1945 with his defection to Canada carrying secret USSR papers. In his novel 'Fall of a Titan', Gouzenko wrote that political promises are given according to motive, but are fulfilled according to circumstance".

Gouzenko would have been at home during the negotiations between Ireland and the EU.

Ireland is trying to secure some deal on its debt, in particular its banking debts, with a view to putting a much more manageable payment schedule on most of it.

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