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One Europe: One Driver’s Licence!

  • January 21st, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

drivers-licences-eu.jpgCommon Euro drivers’ licences: One more benefit being put forward by the European Commission for the 500-million people of the EU to be under the one top level of government.

Saving the lives of young people on the roads is being given as a prime reason for brinigng in the new plastic permits. … Read More »

Time Of Year: Tempests And Fires

  • January 21st, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

bushfire-canberra.jpgIn the middle of the time of year for dangerous weather, both North and South are facing a difficult week.

heathrow-storms-2013.jpgEurope has a mounting toll of lives lost in the extreme cold conditions; Australia is standing-by for more heat wave conditions generating the bushfires, and now cyclones off the Northern coasts. … Read More »

Finance Scandal Threat To French Government …

  • January 9th, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

cahuzac.jpgOPINION: New governments seem prone to blunders and scandals that carry off Ministers early, not least in France where the major parties drag around heavy baggage from corruption in past administrations.

This week the man under fire is Jérôme Cahuzac, Budget Minister in the government formed after elections last year (Presidential 6.5.12; parliamentary 17.6.12; see EUAustralia Online, “French Vote: Hollande party consolidates”, 15.6.12).

The Paris parquet, the administrative court, has started an inquiry into claims by the investigative news service, Mediapart, that he hid money in a Swiss bank account, and later in Singapore, before entering public office. … Read More »

Putin’s Passport Offer to Gerard Depardieu: One More “Oligarch” For Moscow?

  • January 4th, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

gerard_depardieu-wikipedia.jpgOPINION: A reality check for Gerard Depardieu (picture): the tax-averse French actor and multi-millionaire has been invited by Russia to become a citizen there – and if he really wants, to say goodbye to France forever.

Mr Depardieu, a hugely loved and accomplished performer, became a symbol of his native country through 114 films or tele-movies made since 1971; in the world of unreality as an ordinary bloke battling comically against all odds, a Frenchman abroad, or an historical  leader of humankind. … Read More »

Major Players: Russia, China And India Entering 2013 …

  • December 31st, 2012
  • Posted by 7thmin

moscow.jpgAmong major players of the century, the outlook for Russia shows mixed economic prospects, more nationalistic position-taking, and “strong government” – as President Vladimir Putin flexes into his new, six-year term of office. … Read More »

2012 Ends; What Now?

  • December 30th, 2012
  • Posted by 7thmin

earth-nasa.jpgOPINION: The closing stages of 2012 showed all indications for “more of the same” in the year to come: in times of burgeoning human ingenuity, knowledge and productivity, it is a world grappling with the economics of human survival, and threats to survival of the planet itself. … Read More »

Season’s greetings to all users of EUAustralia Online …

  • December 23rd, 2012
  • Posted by 7thmin

cockatoo-ex-tristan.jpgThe year 2012 has seen over 170000 site visits; welcome support for a service that aims to keep abreast of news from Europe, with emphasis on Australian connections and perspectives. … Read More »

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