New EU allies for Ireland post-Brexit.

Wascurito

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The story that Ireland is winning allies in eastern and northern Europe against the EU digital tax being pushed by Italy, France, Germany and Spain is good news. It looks like Hungary will be a particularly good friend to have. With the UK leaving, it's hugely important that we create new alliances right across the continent.

I've never been one to see the European Union as a them-against-us club with poor little Ireland being ganged up on by the other 27 or soon-to-be 26. It's actually a complex mesh of shifting alliances with more than a little back-scratching and quid-pro-quoing going on. The fact that we were pipped by the French for hosting the EU Banking Authority by just the toss of a coin shows what can be achieved.

So, let's not be too bothered that we'll be left on our own post-Brexit. We have little or no history of bad relations with any of the other countries and won a lot of good will in eastern Europe for opening the Irish economy to the new accession states in 2004. A lot of those eastern countries are highly suspicious of talk in Strasbourg and Brussels about more powers been taken away from national governments. They have memories of domination of by another Union.

But we don't need to be eurosceptic. We can seize the moral high ground and argue for a wider Europe before a deeper Europe. There are many countries in south-eastern Europe that are still not members. They're as European as we are and this deserves to be recognized.
 


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What south Eastern European countries?
 

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Is this the same Hungary already drawing the wrath of the Franco German alliance for backing Poland with their new laws allowing politicians influence over the judiciary?
 

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I would leave the EU altogether and combine with Belarus, the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
 

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Anybody but Merkel.

As useful as a f@rt in a spacesuit.
 

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Its a bit of a myth the UK was an Irish allay in the EU. We usually voted with other agricultural countries like France or small countries like ourselves.
 

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I would leave the EU altogether and combine with Belarus, the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Well you would. And frankly, there's nobody stopping you.
 

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Its a bit of a myth the UK was an Irish allay in the EU. We usually voted with other agricultural countries like France or small countries like ourselves.
It's pretty much a total myth.
 

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We usually voted with other agricultural countries like France or small countries like ourselves.
The Bertie Ahern approach to Euro-haggling ? Apart from the fact that the maFFia have long been aligned to France, even to the point of screwing the taxpayers for the sake of a pat on the head from Sarkozy and Lagarde.
 

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The Bertie Ahern approach to Euro-haggling ? Apart from the fact that the maFFia have long been aligned to France, even to the point of screwing the taxpayers for the sake of a pat on the head from Sarkozy and Lagarde.
What?
 

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Votail Mexit, save yerselfs before tis too late...
 

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The story that Ireland is winning allies in eastern and northern Europe against the EU digital tax being pushed by Italy, France, Germany and Spain is good news. It looks like Hungary will be a particularly good friend to have. With the UK leaving, it's hugely important that we create new alliances right across the continent.

I've never been one to see the European Union as a them-against-us club with poor little Ireland being ganged up on by the other 27 or soon-to-be 26. It's actually a complex mesh of shifting alliances with more than a little back-scratching and quid-pro-quoing going on. The fact that we were pipped by the French for hosting the EU Banking Authority by just the toss of a coin shows what can be achieved.

So, let's not be too bothered that we'll be left on our own post-Brexit. We have little or no history of bad relations with any of the other countries and won a lot of good will in eastern Europe for opening the Irish economy to the new accession states in 2004. A lot of those eastern countries are highly suspicious of talk in Strasbourg and Brussels about more powers been taken away from national governments. They have memories of domination of by another Union.

But we don't need to be eurosceptic. We can seize the moral high ground and argue for a wider Europe before a deeper Europe. There are many countries in south-eastern Europe that are still not members. They're as European as we are and this deserves to be recognized.
The big issue is where exactly is this club going, an EU superstate is very much on the cards as far as the elite are concerned and i imagine Leo and co will row along with that, sure what could possibly go wrong? :(
 

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The Bertie Ahern approach to Euro-haggling ? Apart from the fact that the maFFia have long been aligned to France, even to the point of screwing the taxpayers for the sake of a pat on the head from Sarkozy and Lagarde.
FF are about as relevant as the Greens were circa 2011, a mudguard for the blueshirt bicycle.
 

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The story that Ireland is winning allies in eastern and northern Europe against the EU digital tax being pushed by Italy, France, Germany and Spain is good news. It looks like Hungary will be a particularly good friend to have. With the UK leaving, it's hugely important that we create new alliances right across the continent.
Agree with the creating alliances bit but I'd rather align with the Nordics and Baltics - entrepreneurial, similar small populations, tough negotiators but obey the rules once they're agreed - rather than a country whose leader praises "illiberal democracy" and EU-bashing populist rhetoric.
 


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