Opinion John Downing

Sunday 18 March 2018

Anglo is one reason Germans lost patience with us

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: in negotiations
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: in negotiations
John Downing

John Downing

WITH our small country longing to be noticed and liked in the greater world, it is tempting at first glance to be flattered by Ireland featuring in coalition government negotiations in Europe's most powerful state, Germany.

But just a moment's reflection will tell you that this is notoriety Ireland can do without. There have been many straws in the wind, going back 20 years, which suggest that official Germany has lost patience with the Irish. And this latest development is more substantial.

The respected German newspaper, 'Suddeutsche Zeitung', yesterday reported that the German Social Democratic Party, SPD, objects to the EU extending a credit line to Ireland for the tricky exit of the bailout programme from next month onwards.

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