The Skibbereen Eagle famously entered the annals of history when the West Cork publication warned the world that it had its eye "on the Emperor of Russia". There's more than a hint of that bombastic provincialism masquerading as worldly-wise vision in Ireland's six-month presidency of the European Union.
So last week we had junior foreign affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton urging a transition to democracy in Mali at a special meeting of EU ministers.
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