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“Geneva not Jakarta” theme for Australian diplomacy this week …

  • January 21st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

geneva jakartaThe Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has set out to drum up some business through the World Economic Forum at Davos (22-25.1.14) in Switzerland.

Meanwhile the government in Canberra struggles to keep ahead of adverse trends closer to home, in Indonesia and Timor Leste. … Read More »

France: “Monsieur Normal” is fumbling with his budgets and his babes …

  • January 15th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Hollande-conf-de-presse-mPresident Francois Hollande faced the question, 14.1.13, about his hapless sex scandal involving an actress and political supporter, at the traditional start-of-year media conference in Paris.

In coverage from the event – in a grand hall with some 500 journalists, the President flanked by Ministers and flags- the affair swamped somewhat urgent economic news about his plans for stimulus and for dealing with revenue problems in a slow economy. … Read More »

Mourning Eusébio, breath of hope for many, in dark days of Portugal’s past …

  • January 7th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Eusebio_BenficaPortugal is observing three days of national mourning in honour of the Football star Eusébio who died on Sunday aged 71 in Lisbon.

Crowds came out onto the streets of the capital, 6.1.14, as his funeral cortege passed by, with ceremonies held at the town hall and in front of 10000 at the home stadium of his club, Benfica.   … Read More »

Nazi art trove in Munich

  • January 6th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Carl_Spitzweg_055 Carl Spitzweg 2The wait goes on for a solution to the future of the art trove found in Munich, believed to have been plundered by Nazis.

Over 1400  modernist works  – paintings, drawings and etchings – in the collection feature renowned artists, altogether estimated to be worth EU1-billion (A$1.515-billion;, 5.1.14). … Read More »

Australia clinch the Ashes series, 5-0

  • January 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cricket Ashes Win SCGAustralia have competed a 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes cricket series, with another resounding win, at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


The game ended early, on just the third of five days, with the captain Michael Clarke  taking a catch from Boyd Rankin, off the bowling of Ryan (“Rhino”) Harris, (who became Player of the Match, with eight wickets, five-for-25 in the final innings). … Read More »

German blast revisits bombings nightmare …

  • January 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Euskirchen 2The Second World War came back to Germany, near the former federal capital of Bonn on Friday, when an unexploded bomb went off at a worksite. The driver of a digging machine was killed, thirteen people were injured, two critically, and buildings were extensively damaged for nearly half a kilometer all round.

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New “boat people” crisis off coast of Italy

  • January 4th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Migration  EU boatpeople
The rescue of 1000 would-be immigrants in wild seas off Italy, in the first days of 2014, has signaled a possible increase in pressure for passage into Europe.Some were taken on board, others towed into port. … Read More »

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