Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Irish Foreign Minister: "would a dictatorship not be delightfully simple?"

German daily FAZ looks ahead to the second referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty, and quotes Foreign Minister Micheál Martin saying that “democracies are complex”, adding, sarcastically, “would a dictatorship not be delightfully simple?” He adds that “it was easier with the introduction of the common market and the euro.”

The article quotes French President Nicolas Sarkozy telling Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen during a visit to Ireland last year: “Brian, I cannot imagine an EU without Ireland”, which was regarded as a warning. Brian Cowen is quoted saying: “We don’t lie to people. Everybody knows that it isn’t about EU membership”.

Read on in FAZ.

This aritcle first appeared in the Open Europe newsletter.