European Union politicians need to focus on what is important: youth unemployment and the single market, Enda Kenny, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, told CNBC.
"The single biggest crisis facing the European Union is youth unemployment," he told CNBC in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"The EU has got to make decisions that will help the single market rise to its potential."
His comments come at a time when neighboring U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has been making noises about renegotiating its relationship with the EU, partly in response to increased success by right-wing rival the U.K. Independence Party in the polls.