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Greece: Heading for default on loans?

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

athens and parthenonGreece’s left-wing government elected in January continues to find it heavy-going, trying to get debt relief from the country’s demanding financial partners in the Euro Group.

The Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis (picture below), who has joint Greek-Australian citizenship after a decade at Sydney University, was this week arguing once more, at a European Union Finance Ministers meeting in Riga (24.2.15). … Read More »

O Captain! My Captain!* Richie Benaud 1930-2015 …

  • April 10th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Richie_Benaud_1956 Richie Benaud commentaryRichie Benaud has died from skin cancer aged 84; tributes gathering immediately from throughout the criket community and beyond.

He was a figure of history. An infant at the time of the “bodyline” series pitched by England against Don Bradman, he became a hero to the Baby Boom generation of young cricketers. During his time as Australian Captain, 1958-64, reversing a period of set-backs, he never lost a series – and after all that became chief among the television commentators. … Read More »

Copenhagen Shootings: latest in the chain of terror attacks …

  • February 15th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

MURDERS IN COPENHAGEN

Denmark flag 2015The city of Copenhagen had an anxious night after gun attacks on the main synagogue, and earlier on at a free speech meeting in a café.

Two civilians were killed, one at each location, and five police officers injured.

The gunman was found and confronted by police, dying in the encounter.

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Australia Day Greetings – and “Phil the Greek”

  • January 26th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

 

AUSTRALIA DAY 2015

Aust flag flyingEUAustralia Online emerges today from an extended recess, appraising events in Greece, where people have been voting to try and settle matters in a democratic process, and in Ukraine, where they have not been able to do that.

EU flag movementEUAustralia was started at Brussels late in 2006; this will be its tenth calendar year of publication.

Australia Day commemorates the proclamation of settlement of the British First Fleet, at Sydney Cove, on 26 January 1788, a national day celebrated in mid-Summer with parades, fireworks, sports, barbecues and naturalisation ceremonies for new citizens. An awkward aspect is the focus on colonisation, often deplored by indigenous Australians, proposing that a different date be found. The day vies for status as the true national day with Anzac Day, on 25 April, a highly emotional event set aside for remembering those killed in war, of whom there are many. … Read More »

Referendum: Scotland the brave?

  • September 21st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

uk flagScottish voters on Thursday voted down the proposition that Scotland should return to being an independent country. … Read More »

Plagues on Two Fronts: Ebola and Iraq

  • September 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Execution IS un ebolaUrgent international gatherings this week in Geneva and Paris took on, respectively, the Ebola crisis in West Africa and threats posed by the ‘Islamic state’ movement in Syria and Iraq.   … Read More »

Death of Ian Paisley

  • September 16th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Paisley IanThe death of Ian Paisely in Northern Ireland occurred in a period of hope for lasting peace there; writes Lee Duffield. … Read More »

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