Back from the brink?

Ireland has had to swallow some unpleasant medicine as part of its international bail-out, and now it wants the rest of the eurozone to show some gratitude

Ireland’s presidency of the European Union’s Council of Ministers starts with an interesting claim by the country’s government: Ireland should be considered a model pupil by the rest of the eurozone because of the way it has struggled back onto its feet after being hit by the full force of the sovereign debt and banking crisis. Ireland’s government is using the opportunity of the Council presidency to put the country’s model credentials on the catwalk. It will make for an intriguing six months. 

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