Leo Varadkar destroys Irish culture

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is defending the island's open border

Leo Varadkar also applies a maxim of his profession as a family doctor in politics: Occasionally, bitter medicine is necessary to cure an ailment. Accordingly, the Irish Prime Minister has repeatedly written unpleasant truths into the record book for the British Brexit patient.

Only on the Emerald Isle does the UK have a land border with the EU internal market. And the zigzag line, which is around 300 kilometers long, is extremely emotional. Their permeability was a crucial element of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which ensured peace in the former civil war province of Northern Ireland. London, Dublin and Brussels have promised each other that nothing should endanger the open border. Deviations by the British government always lead to censure from Varadkar.

No wonder that the republic in the south is tenaciously defending this status quo - and Varadkar (40) leads the course with fierce resistance. The Taoiseach (Gaelic for chief), who lives with a doctor colleague, is hardly suitable as a diplomat. As the son of an Irish nurse and an Indian doctor, the tall, elegant man does not belong to the tightly knit social elite in Dublin. "Sometimes he doesn't care if he divides," observed the Dublin economist Edgar Morgenroth.

Lesson to Boris Johnson

Varadkar used his British colleague's first visit to Dublin last month for a small lesson. If Boris Johnson really leads his country into the no-deal Brexit, new negotiations will be necessary the next day. "And they are about exactly the same points as before." The Irish border is one of the most important of these points.

For the first time in the 800 years of Anglo-Irish history, the smaller country has greater weight than the former Empire - at least as long as European solidarity supports it. Trusting this, the Irishman rejected the new Brexit ideas from London last week: "No British government should impose something on Ireland that people in all parts of Ireland do not want."

No country would be more affected by the chaos Brexit than the Green Island. In that case, Varadkar would probably use the British as a scapegoat. In May they will be able to prove whether the citizens believe him. Then the Prime Minister, who has been in office since June 2017, wants to face an early election. (Sebastian Borger from London, October 6, 2019)