‘Europe’s big problem is the indifference which it increasingly provokes. The indifference of the electorate: the more powers the Parliament has the fewer people vote – participation has gone from 62 per cent in 1979 to 43 per cent in 2009 and no one knows what figure we will manage in May.’  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s big problem is Ireland, with its corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, which is half the average rate in the European Union and a good (...)