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TWO developments yesterday highlighted the contrasting responses of EU states to the financial crisis.

One underlined how tenuous EU solidarity might become if dysfunctional states are not prepared to reform themselves. The other showed that the long, patient game may, if not pay spectacular dividends, contribute to restoring stability.

A poll published in Germany suggested that more than half of Germans believe Greece should leave the eurozone. The survey, released by public broadcaster ZDF, found 80% believe Greece is not behaving properly in negotiations with eurozone partners. Only 11% think the left-wing government in Athens is behaving in a trustworthy way in talks. These opinions may make further support for Greece, no matter how essential, even more difficult.

In Ireland it was announced that IBRC liquidators have spare cash totalling €1.85bn. This means that the State will recoup €1.1bn it is owed because of money paid to depositors under the State guarantee. In this instance, the Irish response to the crisis has proved far more successful.


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