The stakes could hardly be greater. Maybe Enda Kenny knows that. Merkel certainly does. Euro fails, Europe fails, she says. To save it we must have political and economic union. Much more than casting a glance over our draft budget there. Will she get her wish?
Merkel warns future of EU at stake - The Irish Times - Thu, May 13, 2010German chancellor Angela Merkel said today the euro's troubles offered a chance for the European Union to strengthen its economic and political union, not just its common currency.
Speaking at a ceremony in Aachen where Polish prime minister Donald Tusk was awarded the Charlemagne Prize for furthering European unity, Ms Merkel said the future of the EU was at stake in the challenges to its monetary amalgamation.
"If the euro fails, not only the currency fails. Europe fails too, and the idea of European unification. We have a common currency, but no common political and economic union. And this is exactly what we must change. To achieve this - therein lies the opportunity of this crisis,” she said.
"This test is existential - it must be passed."
Will the Merkel test be 'passed'?
What if Enda has his way?
"Mr Kenny said the proposals would amount to the handing over of sovereignty of the State and the running of Irish affairs “to peer groups, depending on their political whim, in the EU council of ministers”.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Mr Kenny said the budgetary proposals were “completely contrary” to the newly enacted Lisbon Treaty.
“The proposals mean the political bias of the council, at any particular time, could influence what is being talked about here,” he said.
He called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to give assurances “that in no circumstances would the Government had over sovereignty for the running of our economy to anybody else”."