Cyprus escalation could drill hole in Irish sacred cow of neutrality

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Europe Letter: Danger of war of words escalating into military conflict remains real

  • Patrick Smyth
  • The Irish Times

The publication by the Institute of International and European Affairs of a new analysis of Irish neutrality by Prof Patrick Keatinge is timely.

It comes just as fellow EU member Cyprus looks to its partners for solidarity – at this stage just political – over the illegal incursion by Turkish drilling ships into its Aegean territorial waters or Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The move, which has been condemned by Turkey’s key Nato ally, the US, is in danger of provoking a…

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