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Ireland at risk from almost every direction as global tensions grow

Dan O'Brien


From east to west, and to the south, the world is becoming less stable and less democratic, which will have consequences for us

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Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Julien Behal

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Julien Behal

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Julien Behal

The pandemic and its consequences may be getting all the attention - but there is an awful lot else happening in the world right now. Much of what's happening will have consequences for the people of this island. Most of those consequences will not be good.

Look at a map of Ireland and Europe: in almost every direction - east, south and west - the world is becoming less stable and less democratic. The pandemic has caused the biggest global economic contraction on record and, though by now almost clichéd to say, that is causing even more instability and a further weakening of democracy.


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