Saturday 24 February 2018

Thomas Molloy: German poll only election Kenny needs to fret over

Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

ENDA Kenny's job got a little bit more difficult due to an election in another country this week which will almost certainly have a greater effect on the cost of bailing out Ireland than anything said or done here.

The election took place in the proud and wealthy port of Hamburg and the result was an electoral drubbing for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party, which posted its worst result there since World War Two.

The victors included parties such as the chancellor's junior coalition partner, the FDP, which opposes bailouts for countries such as Ireland and Greece unless many more strings are attached.

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