Parece cada vez mais inevitável que a Irlanda venha a recorrer ao fundo de estabilização europeu. Resta saber, se nós também não seremos arrastados. Nas palavras do editor de Economia do jornal britânico The Guardian:
The process by which a sovereign state is humbled by the financial markets goes through three distinct stages. First comes denial, where policymakers insist that everything is fine. Then there is an attempt to muddle through, where ... governments hope that "something will turn up". Finally, once it is clear that investors are not to be appeased, there is capitulation. It happened to Britain at the time of Black Wednesday. It happened to Greece in the spring. And, as things stand, it looks increasingly likely to happen to Ireland."