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The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Irish success story just a myth

In the austerity policy debate Ireland is often described as a success story among the EU crisis states. But that's not quite the reality of the situation, the centre-left daily The Irish Times argues: "'The Pride of Europe' is a makey-up story that is intended to take the place of the realities it displaces. It's not a stand-alone narrative. It has an evil twin: Greece. It belongs to a particular genre of fiction: the morality tale. Ireland is the pride of Europe because it is the anti-Greece. We are good because we play along with the bigger stories of the euro zone crisis. Greece is evil because it stopped doing so. … We exist, not as a society, but as a necessary validation for a destructive fiction."

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