Any other Chief Executive would have tempered his words, at least a little bit. But when Michael O’Leary was asked recently whether the closure of Ryanair’s Bremen, Germany, base and the planned cuts in Weeze, Germany, and Eindhoven, Netherlands, had anything to do with the pay disputes and pilot strikes as suggested by infuriated unions, his answer was blunt as usual: “Oil is at $85, you idiots.” His comments do little to help efforts by Chief Operating Officer ...

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