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What Comes Next in 2015: Greeks elect anti-austerity SYRIZA

  • January 26th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

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The left-wing SYRIZA group entered the week positioned to take government in Greece, with a wave of support for its rejection of the national austerity plan mandated by the European Union.


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Security: Watching over the G20

  • May 28th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Brisbane wikipediaSorting through problems of a troubled world in eyeball-to-eyeball contact among heads of government – at the G20 —  always holds out the hope of getting some solutions though real communication.

It also means risk and high organisation; why squads of armed police this month have been deployed for exercises  — with air support, in water, and rehearsing street movements —  close to the bottom of the world, for the G20 summit in November.

Lee Duffield writes:


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Ukraine: Russians, demanding attention, endangering Europe’s peace?

  • April 26th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

eastern europemapTension and anxiety once again revived over Ukraine, entering the weekend of 26-27.4.14.

Ukrainian forces were moving against armed groups identifying with Russia, remaining in occupation of state buildings in the Donetsk region South-east of Kiev; in defiance of the peace agreement signed a week before; encouraged by mixed and muddled signals from the Russian government. … Read More »

West’s response to Putin on Ukraine

  • March 7th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine armsPolitical allies of Russia in the Crimea moved to get the region incorporated into Russia, as the United States laid out its first diplomatic and financial steps against Russian interests, and European Union heads of government conferred in Brussels (6.3.14). … Read More »

G20: World economic talks go South

  • February 23rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

G20 pic SydneyFinance Ministers of the leading 20 world economies, the G20, ended a meeting in Sydney, 23.2.14, with an agreement adopt a joint target for economic growth over the coming five years. … Read More »

Italy PM resigning after party coup

  • February 15th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Letta ItalyThe Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Lenzi (picture), 47, has stood down, 23.2.14, less than a year into his term, after his party, the centre-left Democrats, withdrew their support.Renzi ItalyA party meeting declared support for his challenger, Matteo Renzi (picture – insert), 39, the Mayor of Florence who has been Secretary of the party since last year. … Read More »

Save-the-Euro plan clears a legal hurdle in Germany…

  • February 9th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

EURO DOLLARGermany’s Constitutional Court, at Karlsruhe, came close on Friday to blocking continued joint intervention s by European Union states, to stabilise member countries in financial crisis. … Read More »

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