Saturday November 28, 2020

Merkel thinks we're working: Why her visit to Ireland matters

Merkel’s visit here is a significant moment because, despite being in the twilight of her political career, she retains enormous influence at the top of the EU

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
2nd April, 2019
Angela Merkel and Leo Varadkar speaking after talks in Berlin last year. Pic: Getty

It was one of the few feel-good moments during the Irish football team’s struggles at the Euro 2012 championships in Poland. A group of supporters came up with a light-hearted banner, saying: “Angela Merkel Thinks We’re At Work.”

At the time, the country was in the EU bailout programme and Angela Merkel was the most powerful politician in Europe. The banner made the front page of the German tabloid Bild,...

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