Thursday 22 February 2018

David McWilliams: Forget the TV sideshow - we must focus on Europe

IT is quite surreal to see the opening days of the campaign have been dominated by arguments about whether party leaders will appear on TV programmes.

This doesn't seem to be the sort of thing that will determine the future of the country. Arguably, the next seven weeks will shape what kind of country we are going to live in. I say next seven weeks because although the election is crucial, it is not the end of the project. The EU summit four weeks after the election is likely to be just as important for us. This summit could be the battleground between European countries like Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Greece -- the debtor nations -- and Germany and France, the creditor nations.

The script is being written. The conversation is being set and the parameters of the debate are being framed. The problem for Ireland and Europe -- a continent deeply divided between creditor and debtor nations -- is that the pen is in the hands of the creditors, who have as their key objectives the protection of their banks.

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