An Irish Aye

Ireland's voters calm fears that European integration is in peril

The eyes of the European Community focused anxiously on Ireland, as voters went to the polls to decide whether or not to back the Maastricht treaty and its call for deeper economic and political integration into the E.C. The Irish vote acquired special importance after Denmark rejected the treaty's ratification in its own referendum three weeks ago. Had Ireland also opposed the Maastricht pact, it almost surely would have been dead, and the Community's greater integration, including the creation of a single European currency and common foreign and defense policies, would have suffered a setback that would have taken years to...

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