Monday, June 16, 2008

What Happens to Ireland Now?

Does Ireland become the "Rogue Island" of early 21st century Europe? Will the other EU members essentially route the Lisbon treaty around Ireland, or could Ireland even be asked to downgrade its association with the EU, back to the level of being an associated power? (Or will the Irish be told to vote again?)

Or will the EU now accept that as the EU of 27 this is as close of an association as one can get? This might spur the Euro-core countries that would like greater integration to move ahead. This could then "solve" the other problematic questions facing Berlin and Paris--seeing their policies constrained by "New Europe".

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