A number of European leaders have been going through a difficult patch: President Sarkozy, Taoiseach Bertie, Prime Minister Brown and caretaker Prime Minister Prodi. But spare a thought for His Serene Highness Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d’Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein, Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein, Count of Reitberg and Duke of Troppau and Jagerndorf (or Prince Hans to his friends). His country, tiny Liechtenstein, has been subject to a vicious assault by its larger neighbour and linguistic cousin, Germany – an assault which if successful could bring the small country to its knees. Are we witnessing the rule of law being supplanted by a ‘might makes right’ policy in Europe? Where does the Irish government stand on this major international crisis?
And why should we care?