Brussels still shaping Ireland’s economic strategy
Europe Letter: EU expectations will colour Paschal Donohoe’s summer statement
Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe greets Dutch finance minister and president of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA
Two precooked reports on Ireland were approved with barely any discussion (at this stage anyway) – one by the 20 eurogroup ministers on Monday, and the other, the full 28 Ecofin group on Tuesday. They spelled out clearly – more or less off the same hymn sheet, it would seem – the detailed economic strategy that our partners expect of us and will colour both Donohoe’s summer statement on Thursday and the next budget.