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British mess over Europe

  • December 12th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Teresa May’s postponement of the show-down vote over leaving Europe, in the British parliament, has highlighted a full-scale conflict over ideologies and wills – and high risk for the country’s future.

Lee Duffield who has a long background reporting European affairs says walking out which looked simple has proved complicated and dangerous.

In the first of two articles he documents the agreement between the British government and European Union, and the fight over it which has paralysed politics in the United Kingdom. … Read More »

Faltering UK exit from Europe – possible impacts in Australia

  • July 16th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Weakening of accord between Europe and the United States comes at a moment when Australian-EU relations are intensifying – raising thoughts about some future test of loyalty among friends.

British secession from the European Union that is set to become formal on 19.3.19 should complicate things even more. … Read More »

Another deal for Greece

  • June 24th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Greece protest 2015Compromise talks at Brussels have seen the outlines of a deal that should, yet still might not avert the debt payment crisis looming for 30 June – achieving little else than to clarify possible terms of any permanent settlement.

How will it play with the angry, and desperate crowds in Athens, and the citizen-voters or investors in the other European states? Early signs were not so good.

Lee Duffield writes.

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Greece: What will happen?

  • June 16th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

athens and parthenon Greece ambassador 2015The new count-down for Greece to make a major debt repayment — €7.2-billion (A$8.5-billion, xe.com, 11.6.15) by the end of the month – looks more serious and final than any before; yet, so did a series of earlier approaches to a deadline … see also, Ambassador comments. … Read More »

Feeling the heat over Ukraine

  • September 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine tanksThe last days of Summer saw little easing of the heat of conflict in Eastern Ukraine. … Read More »

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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“Peace in Europe cannot be taken for granted” – EU Ambassador

  • May 26th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Fabrizi SemThe European Union representative in Australia Sem Fabrizi says the troubles in Ukraine are a reminder of the EU’s key mission, to build peace; highlighting the point that “peace cannot be taken for granted”.

The Ambassador has been reiterating the strengths of the European idea in addresses to gatherings around Europe Day, 9 May each year: a durable economy, and democratic values, both linked with preventing war. … Read More »

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