Wednesday 22 November 2017

Greek exit could damage Kenny's re-election plans

'Ireland, which went into an EU-IMF-ECB bailout five months after Greece back in 2010, is now in a place of relative safety – but our economic hopes are extremely fragile'
'Ireland, which went into an EU-IMF-ECB bailout five months after Greece back in 2010, is now in a place of relative safety – but our economic hopes are extremely fragile'
John Downing

John Downing

Schadenfreude is a posh term for a nasty sentiment: taking pleasure in another's woes.

A glance in the dictionary shows it is just a fusion of two German words: schaden, meaning harm; and freude, meaning joy. Always best avoided, it often lurks around calamity, feasting on the suspicion that the better-placed ones are struggling to mask their smugness.

It is not a great fit for Ireland looking in at Greece in recent months. "There but for the grace of God . . ." is among a series of more apposite aphorisms which spring to mind.

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