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Blair Mission Starts In Toughest Climate Of Opinion

  • June 28th, 2007
  • Posted by 7thmin

tony-blair-12-06-site.jpgIt was confirmed Tony Blair would become the representative of the Quartet international group set up to help advance a Middle East peace process, on the day of his resignation as British Prime Minister (27.6.07).

On the same day a leading United States-based opinion survey reported growing dissatisfaction around the world with the two major powers involved, the USA and Russia. … Read More »

Democracy Campaign Gets Started

  • June 27th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

wallstrom.jpgAnother member of the European Commission has hailed the outcome of the Brussels summit on a new reform treaty for the EU, with reservations about political battles still to come.

Margot Wallstrom is responsible for communicating the European Commission’s stance to citizens, as its Vice President for institutional affairs and communication strategy. … Read More »

4 – 2 Match Point

  • June 25th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

americas-cup-reduced.jpgThe defending Swiss yacht Alinghi took the best-of-nine America’s Cup series to match point, 4-2, on the weekend (30.6.07) with victory number four against Team New Zealand – but then, thanks to weather, had to wait three days for the decider.

Offiicials scotched race seven on Sunday because of extremely light air, and Monday was a scheduled lay day.

Much of the series has been sailed in fairly flukey conditions but good winds around fifteen knots were being forecast for this week.

Members of the Alinghi team were understandably ready to continue with high expectations.

The New Zealanders could recall the first time the America’s Cup changed hands, when Australia 2 held on and won the series in the last race.

A protest by New Zealand after the fourth race, about sail rigging on Alinghi, was unsuccessful.

The series for the oldest cup in yachting, actually all sports history is taking place off Valencia, in Spain.

The match table kept up to date here *:

Alinghi – Switzerland 4
Team New Zealand 2

* Apologies for delay with up-dates; server problem.

Reference: For official America’s Cup-ism, see http://www.americascup.com/en/

More Bird Flu

  • June 25th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

eu-flag-reduced-larger11.pngGerman authorities have confirmed the presence of HN51 virus in two wild swans found dead in the Nuremburg province of Bavari, (See also EUAustralia 22.6.07).

European Union precautionary measures have gone into effect including monitoring of a designated control area.

Reference:

European Commission Avian Influenza Control Measures, decision 2006/563/EC; Directorate General Competition, http:ec.europa.eu/dgs/competition/index_en.htm (24.6.07)

Relief And Recrimination Over Euro-Changes

  • June 24th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

barroso-merkel.jpgFollowing settlement on a European reform treaty in the early hours of Saturday (23.6.07) (EUAustralia, “Breakthrough At Brussels” 24.6.07), at Brussels, friends and opponents of the changes have been taking stock. … Read More »

UH-OH ?

  • June 24th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

americas-cup.jpgThe Swiss-based team Alinghi, defending the America’s Cup off Valencia in Spain, won by a fairly comfortable 35 seconds in the first meeting with Team New Zealand (23.6.07).

Baptising a brand new boat, SUI100, the Alinghi team broke through after losing the start and covered any effort by the New Zealanders to get back in front.

The new yacht looked faster running before the wind than Team New Zealand, a possible omen for the best-of-nine series, where margins are very tight and contests are held to be open through to the end.

Breakthrough At Brussels

  • June 24th, 2007
  • Posted by 7thmin

barroso-merkel.jpgHeads of government succeeded in making a deal on a new reform treaty to change the structure of the European Union, early Saturday (EUAustralia date adjusted 24.6.07), after weeks of haggling at negotiations – including a hectic two days at their conference centre. … Read More »

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