|Author (Person)||Smyth, Jamie, Spiegel, Peter|
|Series Title||Financial Times|
Report of a FT interview with Ireland Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, December 2012, in advance of Ireland assuming the Presidency of the European Union for the period January - June 2013.
He suggested that his government would push the burgeoning list of unfinished EU business – next steps towards a eurozone banking union, finalising laws giving Brussels more authority over national taxing and spending policies, a deal on a new seven-year EU budget – through the EU’s Byzantine legislative process.
Ireland could become the first of the eurozone’s five bailout countries in 2013 to emerge from a rescue programme if all goes according to schedule. But Dublin has been arguing for months that unless it gets some relief from Brussels on €64bn in bank debt still sitting on its sovereign books, even a country that has played by tough EU-imposed austerity rules may not make it.
|Countries / Regions||Ireland|