Dan O'Brien: Europe still thriving, despite air of uncertainty
Mid-year it is a good moment to take stock. With the Irish economy in rude health, what of the wider European economy upon which Ireland is so dependent?
Last week's EU-wide jobless figures show that the continent is just a few months away from recording its lowest unemployment rate this century. The share of the bloc's labour force out of work fell to 7pc in May.
While the range of unemployment rates across the bloc remains large, the most important point is that jobless rates have fallen in every single one of the 28 member states over the past year.