Saturday 20 January 2018

After the Greek farce, Ireland has reason to be thankful to Germany

As he predicted two weeks ago, Greece has raised the white flag. Now Jody Corcoran says Europe must stand firm against twin threats from Russia and Isis

Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP Photo
Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP Photo
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

The biggest threat to the stability of Europe is Vladamir Putin's Russia, not the Greek farce played out in real-time last week for the domestic political sensibilities of 19 eurozone member states.

In fact, a case could be made that the Greek situation is not even the second biggest threat: Isis, the Islamic fundamentalist group, last week turned red with blood the Mediterranean, 220 miles south of Italy. The terror organisation seeks to give the lie to what the late Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, once said - that Islam would conquer Europe without even firing a shot (whatever about severing a head).

Last week, the UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned that Putin, who has annexed a sizeable chunk of Ukraine, posed a "real and present danger" to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He was speaking after RAF jets were scrambled to escort two Russian military aircraft seen off the Cornwall coast on Wednesday, a month after a similar incursion into Ireland's airspace.

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