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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 »

Ukraine pushes on with elections

  • May 24th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine This Sunday’s vote for the Presidency of Ukraine is a bid to settle and stabilise the violent confrontations of the last six months.

There’ll be no voting in Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, and it’s been jeopardised by the continuing conflict in the Donbass region in the country’s east; officials persisting with trying to issue ballots, armed gangs on the “Russian” side destroying ballot boxes. … Read More »

Ukraine: Russians, demanding attention, endangering Europe’s peace?

  • April 26th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

eastern europemapTension and anxiety once again revived over Ukraine, entering the weekend of 26-27.4.14.

Ukrainian forces were moving against armed groups identifying with Russia, remaining in occupation of state buildings in the Donetsk region South-east of Kiev; in defiance of the peace agreement signed a week before; encouraged by mixed and muddled signals from the Russian government. … 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 »

West’s response to Putin on Ukraine

  • March 7th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine armsPolitical allies of Russia in the Crimea moved to get the region incorporated into Russia, as the United States laid out its first diplomatic and financial steps against Russian interests, and European Union heads of government conferred in Brussels (6.3.14). … Read More »

Ukraine: Intransigence, ire, talking not shooting …

  • March 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine EU mapIf words will sort out what the confrontation is about, and what can be done, the parties are providing ample material for a very full explanation, some day. … Read More »

Ukraine: Fear of war

  • March 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine mapIn the course of one week the crisis in Ukraine worsened, with the overthrow of the President, and then, with the intervention of Russian troops, the fear of war. Lee Duffield writes. … Read More »

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