Emmanuel Macron blow: Irish eurozone victory 'a slap in face' for French President

PASCHAL Donohoe's election as President of the Eurogroup - the collective of eurozone finance ministers - is a "slap in the face" for Emmanuel Macron indicative of the French President's "declining influence", a former Irish diplomat has said.

Mr Donohoe's election also marked the end to the days when former Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar offered "tough anti-Brexit lectures, with the new man in Brussels likely to push hard for a better relationship with the UK. The election was mired in controversy after Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino, Mr Macron's preferred candidate, accused one unnamed EU finance minister of not keeping his pledge to support her.

Ray Bassett, former Irish ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the...
source: Express

2020-07-11 13:32
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