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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 »

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 »

ANZAC: One hundred years after Gallipoli

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

anzac ceremony anzac beachHuge crowds have attended Anzac Day commemorations around the World, on the centenary of the ill-fated landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 25.4.15.

Ahead of the event at Anzac Cove, these began in New Zealand, then at the National War Memorial in Canberra, where an Aboriginal man, Able Seaman Alan Paterson from the Australian Navy, played the didgeridoo to open the Dawn Service. … Read More »

Ukraine: What soldiers think?

  • September 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

UkraineFaced with an overseas crisis like the conflict in Ukraine, governments, notably inexperienced ones that might hope to settle every dogfight and desert war, think about a military solution.

The armed forces will comply, but  may not be given a clear or realistic task.

This post carries a letter held to be the view of a seasoned soldier, talking among colleagues and friends. … Read More »

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 »

Europe’s Summer of Memories

  • September 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

belgium-open-fields-reduced2 Anzacs Western FrontThis not very golden Summer – occasionally cold, with rain belts across Northern Europe at least—was a season of memory, of wars past.

The anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy, 6.6.44, and the associated battles, has seen several commemorations over the decades, though with each milestone it becomes more significant as the number of eyewitnesses diminishes.

Going back further, the forbidding days of late Summer 1914 had to be recalled, leading up to the fateful day, 28.7.14, the commencement of a series of declarations of hostilities that started the First World War. … Read More »

Vanuatu : Freedom, Custom and Change …

  • August 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

2014 EU PICS SURFHandling the claims of the outside world – matching custom and change – is a way of life for the Ni-Vanuatu, the people of the Pacific Islands republic of Vanuatu. … Read More »

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