As a country, Ireland likes to make a virtue of its relative size and isolation on the periphery of Europe. With an official policy of military neutrality, Ireland boasts of its refusal to join military alliances (including Nato) and, in more recent times, has steadfastly refused to dilute the Northern backstop despite pressure from its larger neighbour Britain.
But far too often, Ireland is a follower, not a leader, on major international issues, waiting to...
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