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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 »

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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Scots Wha Hae?!

  • September 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

scots flagReality has dogged the inspirational campaign for Scottish independence in the form of persistent negative opinion polls; the latest, a week out from the independence referendum gives the ‘no’ vote a 52-48% winning margin. … Read More »

Further EU moves on Ukraine as its new leadership duo prepares for office …

  • September 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

EU flag movementGovernment leaders within the European Union are considering further actions to try and constrain Russia to end its interventions in Ukraine.

The moves were put on the table at the summit of heads of government, the European Council, last weekend in Brussels, leading up to this week’s summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) near Cardiff. … Read More »

Weekend Voting: EU and Ukraine

  • May 27th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Voters in the elections for the European Parliament gave a big boost to the right-wing nationalist parties campaigning on anti-EU and anti-immigration platforms – especially in France and the United Kingdom.

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The elections in Ukraine saw a strong turn-out, except in the strife-torn Eastern region, and a huge win for the front-runner, Petro Poroshenko. … Read More »

Ukraine crisis brings Obama to Brussels

  • March 27th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Obama EU 3-14Keeping together is the theme for the Europeans and United States, faced with Russia’s seizure of Crimea, and the ongoing ructions in South-eastern Europe.

President Barack Obama’s visit to Brussels to see heads of NATO and the European Union (27.3.14), not going to national capitals first-up, drew attention to the idea of Europe as a whole.

Most other political leaders and high officials were saying the same, keep together; while action was controlled and incremental, its main thrust to isolate the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. … Read More »

Diplomat recalls Australian links in campaign against chemical and biological weapons …

  • March 10th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Barbulesco NThe new Romanian Ambassador in Canberra, Nineta Barbulescu, can claim some special knowledge of Australia through her earlier work as a specialist in non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (i.e. nuclear, chemical and biological weapons). … Read More »

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