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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 »

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 »

Ending 2013. World Action on Environment: EU steps up; Australia steps back …

  • December 30th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Climate globe ANUGatherings in Warsaw and Colombo kept the international community’s focus  on anxiety about climate change and sustainability, at the year’s end, though the Australians started to march out of step.

Actions on the home front in Australia show clear trends in a ‘non-environmentalist’ direction.

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