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Romanian Vote: Trouble Still To Come

  • July 31st, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

romania-president.jpgThe Romanian President, Traian Basescu (picture), has survived a campaign to remove him from office by referendum, 29.7.12, but not by winning the vote.

The parliament moved to suspend him following elections in May, won by his opponents.

The socialists and right-of-centre liberals, brought up charges going back to accusations of corrupt practices first tested in 2005. … Read More »

A Summer Of Discontent?

  • July 31st, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

camping-europe.jpgThe search for holiday enjoyment goes determinedly on, this European Summer, off-set by cloudy days for the global economy.

EVACUATION

The approach of August, traditionally peak season, time for the evacuation of towns for relaxation out of town, especially at the beach; saw persistent cloudy weather in Northern parts – dark shadows of thunderstorms providing a reminder of the economic dark clouds hanging over the continent. … Read More »

Australian Business Interests In Europe

  • July 22nd, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

chris-stone.jpgAs a result of the European Economic Crisis many businesses in Europe struggle with limited capital and cautious banks … though Australians in business in that part of the world have not been hardest hit.

In Brussels, Rebecca Oakley spoke with Chris Stone (picture), President of the Belgian chapter of ABIE – Australian Business in Europe. … Read More »

Development Work: EU – Australia Linkage …

  • July 22nd, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

development-aid-kids.jpgThe European Union as the largest single donor of international development aid, accounting for almost half of all international humanitarian relief, works to set a good standard of honesty and effectiveness.

This background report by Jane Schon, from Brussels, includes an outline of  the EU’s current international development action  — and a  growing relationship with Australia. … Read More »

Syria Mission: Amid War Fears; Tough Struggle On The Diplomatic Front …

  • July 22nd, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

syria-fighting-3.jpgThe European Commission this week indicated further tightening of its stance on Syria, with 20 to 30 more names of government officials to go onto its blacklist on European travel.

That sanctions regimen has been set up to pressure the government of President Bashar al-Assad to give up violent repression of his opponents, in revolt over the last year and a half, and concede to free elections.

As Laura Ludwig reports, there are grave fears that the violence in Syria, affecting thousands of innocents, will soon get worse, despite concerted international efforts to broker a peace. … Read More »

The New “Foreign” Service Of The EU

  • July 13th, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

eeas-observer.jpgAlready a strong presence in global business, the European Union is steadily putting into effect a decision to expand its influence with the formation of a task force, now a part of the formal EU structure.

Danika Ferguson, in Brussels, reports on the progress and effectiveness of the European External Action Service (EEAS), more than a year on from its inception. … Read More »

Spain – The Next Greece?

  • July 12th, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

spain-rajoy.jpgThe Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced further austerity measures in an attempt to help the struggling country repay its burgeoning debts. … Read More »

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