Given the (apparent) largesse of the German taxpayer to the Irish in terms of the financial bailout, perhaps it’s the least Ireland can do, to send two of its most famous sons to the Federal Republic to say thank you to the kind citizens of Stuttgart, Munich and Berlin for all those euros being repatriated to Dublin, Cork and Galway.
The money flow is the other way. The German banks lent too much to Ireland….even to the point of setting up a German bank under an Irish nameplate so as to lend lots to all sorts of dodgy characters all over the world.
The Irish government, in the single biggest mistake of the whole crisis, then guaranteed all of those loans from Germany to Irish banks. And are gouging the Irish citizenry to pay it all back.
The Irish are being impoverished to save the German banking system, not the other way around.