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Football: Women’s World Cup tussle moves focus off FIFA, back onto the ball

  • June 24th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

World Cup canada 2Exciting times at the World Cup in Canada, even if Sepp Blatter, “Mister Football” now under a huge dark cloud, might be missing from the stands on Final day.

Among the excitement, the Matildas, from Australia, have also got into the top billing. … Read More »

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 »

Emergency summit on migrant boat deaths in the Mediterranean …

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Migration  EU boatpeopleAn emergency European summit this week, 23.4.15 at Brussels, agreed to step up sea patrols and move on other measures in response to the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The European Union Heads of Government had been jolted into action by the latest, severe tragedy, the capsize of an overloaded boat last Sunday leading to some 800 deaths. … 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 »

O Captain! My Captain!* Richie Benaud 1930-2015 …

  • April 10th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Richie_Benaud_1956 Richie Benaud commentaryRichie Benaud has died from skin cancer aged 84; tributes gathering immediately from throughout the criket community and beyond.

He was a figure of history. An infant at the time of the “bodyline” series pitched by England against Don Bradman, he became a hero to the Baby Boom generation of young cricketers. During his time as Australian Captain, 1958-64, reversing a period of set-backs, he never lost a series – and after all that became chief among the television commentators. … Read More »

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