Finding that valuable time to re-engage with Germany

If Ireland is serious about Germany it will take it seriously, and on its terms

The German flag flies in front of the Bundesbank HQ in Frankfurt. The pressing issue for Ireland in Germany is credibility. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

The German flag flies in front of the Bundesbank HQ in Frankfurt. The pressing issue for Ireland in Germany is credibility. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

A German army band gave a jaunty rendition of the Irish national anthem on Tuesday evening in Munich for Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Unfortunately Mr Coveney wasn’t there to hear the soldiers play The Soldier’s Song.

He had cut it fine by leaving Dublin after Cabinet and then a storm left him circling the Bavarian capital when he should have been delivering a speech to an impressive gathering of politicians, diplomats, bankers and academics at Bavaria’s prestigious Foreign Affairs Committee.

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