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Chacun a deux pays, le sien, et La France …

  • November 16th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Paris Tricolor Bridge Paris survivors 13.11.15Gestures of support have accumulated worldwide for Paris in response to the terror attack on the city on Black Friday 13.11.15. … Read More »

Europe’s Refugee Crisis – déjà-vu on the frontier …

  • September 8th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Refugees 2015 Al jazeera Thousands this September, crossing Hungary’s frontier into Austria, replayed the events at the same place in September 1989, with a clear tinge of  irony.

Then as now it was a desperate rush to take advantage of an open frontier, to be received with open arms, moving on to find protection and freedom in Western Europe, writes Lee Duffield. … Read More »

Greek vote delivers numbers for austerity: 229 – 64, €86-billion, 200% impost on GDP …

  • July 16th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Athens hilltop LauraDespite differences and divisions within the ruling Syriza coalition in Athens, and among the creditors, a new financial ‘bail-out’ agreement has passed the Greek parliament, 229 votes to 64.

Deputies from the extremist right-wing Golden Dawn railed against the package, and communists from one wing of the coalition walked out, in sympathy with demonstrators in the square outside.

The rest of the government, together with the main parliamentary opposition parties Pasok and Nea Demokratia, signalled that a highly reluctant and unhappy consensus might be achieved for very tough economic battles ahead. … Read More »

Monitor on Greek Crisis: Monday day of reckoning …

  • June 30th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Greek flag 7-12eu-money-symbol-coins Greece has not met the deadline for payment of the next installment on debt due to the IMF, on Tuesday night.

There were eleventh-hour exchanges between the Greek government and EU Ministers, ongoing; Greece making a new proposal on debt rescheduling and terms, the other side talking now about waiting for the outcome of the referendum set for this Sunday.

Back story, posted on the weekend:-

On Friday, 26.6.15, the creditors negotiating with the Greek government over its debt repayments put down an offer of a bigger bail-out than earlier sought, but with an adamant demand for rigid austerity measures to be  extended in Greece.

The Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, returned to Athens for a late-night television address, calling a referendum for this Sunday, 5.7.15 ;one that would test support for his position against the final offer . … Read More »

Football: Women’s World Cup tussle moves focus off FIFA, back onto the ball

  • June 24th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

World Cup canada 2Exciting times at the World Cup in Canada, even if Sepp Blatter, “Mister Football” now under a huge dark cloud, might be missing from the stands on Final day.

Among the excitement, the Matildas, from Australia, have also got into the top billing. … Read More »

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 »

Eurovision: Sweden win it, Australia in it – and new vision shown in Ireland, over gay rights …

  • May 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Eurovision Group Irish referendum 2015Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow triumphed on Saturday night at the Eurovision Song Contest, his song ‘Heroes’ at the end of voting, delivering a clear win over the other great favourite, Russia’s Polina Gagarina singing ‘A Million Voices’ — 365 votes against 303. … Read More »

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