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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 »

Greece: Heading for default on loans?

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

athens and parthenonGreece’s left-wing government elected in January continues to find it heavy-going, trying to get debt relief from the country’s demanding financial partners in the Euro Group.

The Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis (picture below), who has joint Greek-Australian citizenship after a decade at Sydney University, was this week arguing once more, at a European Union Finance Ministers meeting in Riga (24.2.15). … Read More »

Death of Ian Paisley

  • September 16th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Paisley IanThe death of Ian Paisely in Northern Ireland occurred in a period of hope for lasting peace there; writes Lee Duffield. … Read More »

Roads to Rome: slavery, human rights and cleaning up the Vatican finances …

  • April 2nd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

romePope Francis’s diary of late has noted two Australian items, billionaire Andrew Forrest stepping up his anti-slavery campaign, and Cardinal George Pell about to start work as the Vatican head of finance. One other visit of special note, the first to the new Pope by President Barack Obama.

 

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Belgium’s euthanasia law, now for children …

  • February 15th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Bxl  flag mapThe legal right to have your life ended has been given to terminally ill children in Belgium.

The national parliament voted late on Thursday, 86-44, with 12 abstentions, to extend an existing law for adult sufferers of terminal illness, and it is to come into effect after receiving Royal assent. … Read More »

Any help possible for Syria and Ukraine in crisis?

  • February 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Munich security 2Events in the real world gave force and focus to the 2014 European Security Conference winding up at Munich this Tuesday.

Russian and Western leaders invoked Cold War days, matching wills over the crises in Syria and Ukraine; the cautious progress over Iran’s nuclear program was reviewed. … Read More »

Mixed Happenings

  • June 4th, 2011
  • Posted by 7thmin

garibaldi.jpgRisorgimento revisited in Rome; old Cold War adversaries playing hot war games together; the EU in gathering pressure on Syria.

PARTY IN ROME

Much parading in the streets of Rome on Thursday, military feathers and finery on a par with the swashbuckling 19th Century legions that brought off the Risorgimento (Resurgence) – the unification of Italy 150 years ago to the day.

Giuseppe Garibaldi himself (picture), leader of the “redshirts”, horsemen for Italy, certainly would have revelled in the crowd of celebrities from 80 countries, in town for the spectacle. … Read More »

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