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Greek Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris )

Greek Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris )

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Greek Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris )

Clearly, our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, relishes the position of 'best boy in the class' when it comes to Europe and the way his Government has dealt with the debt burden which once threatened to engulf us.

He certainly has no intention of showing any solidarity with the Sinn Féin-loving, Syriza-led government of Greece, which is in dire need of an EU injection of €7.2bn by the end of April if it is to stay in the eurozone.

While one sympathises with the Greek people in their present predicament, threats by a Greek minister to flood the EU with "migrants and jihadists" is downright stupid brinkmanship that cannot be allowed to succeed.

Mr Kenny also has another, more personal agenda. It is in his own interest to advocate the 'Irish way' with an election looming.

His mission over the next 12 months will be to convince the Irish people that they escaped a fate worse than austerity and reinforce this by pointing to the folly of Greek brinksmanship. Solidarity with small nations is one thing, but politics is a tough business and Mr Kenny will put his own political interests first and foremost.

Irish Independent