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Updating Europe: can the latest deal overcome set-backs of the last decade?

  • July 27th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, came out of the European Union summit last week all smiles, saying the deal just reached on eventually getting over CORVID-19 was an “historic” game-changer.

It had set up spending forthwith of 750-billion (A$1230-bilion) to repair and re-start the European economy, an act proclaimed by Macron as signalling strong unity, the emergence of not only an economic union, but political and strategic – “sovereign, unified, democratic”. … Read More »

EU’s world deal on virus – Australia, China, US make trouble

  • May 19th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

The European Union’s move to get CORVID-19 investigated through the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been made difficult by Chinese-American squabbling –and Australia trying to get into the fight.

The EU focus has been to try and discover more about the virus and its origins, and draw lessons about managing both the particular disease and others that may follow.

But first they have had to manage, coax and bring into the process, unreasoning parties on two sides: on one hand American and Australian governments picking a fight with the Chinese, on the other, Chinese communists indulging their accustomed habits of coercion and abuse. It’s a picture of maturity from Brussels and something much less from these other partners. … Read More »

European elections and the “Brexit” effect

  • May 29th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The European Parliament elections on the weekend saw a lot of disappointment for all those looking for drama, though voter turnout got a healthy lift.

Lee Duffield interprets what happened including a treatment of how it connects with the mess being made of government in Britain. … 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 »

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 »

Save-the-Euro plan clears a legal hurdle in Germany…

  • February 9th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

EURO DOLLARGermany’s Constitutional Court, at Karlsruhe, came close on Friday to blocking continued joint intervention s by European Union states, to stabilise member countries in financial crisis. … Read More »

Ending 2013: “Five Eyes” get a black eye over Snowden spy tales …

  • December 18th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

eyeThe drip feed of information purloined from American security files continued this year as Edward Snowden, former CIA-NSA contractor, continued the campaign from his Russian sanctuary.

Merkel A portrait Obama EUThe news of American phone-tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture), provoking an apology from President Barack Obama (picture) who indicated such practices would stop, was matched by complaints from South-east Asia saying Australia was running the Asia-Pacific side of such operations.
Targetted in this were the so-called Five Eyes states that share intelligence, the United States and the old “white Commonwealth”: Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. … Read More »

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