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CRIKEY INTERN | EUROPE | 6

Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

Two small Australian towns want to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts looks at some overseas examples and finds 100% renewable is nice, but not always 100% reliable.

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France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

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GILES PARKINSON | EUROPE | 41

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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EUROPE | 4

The curious case of the missing French nukes

French President Francois Hollande delivered a strongly worded speech on Australian-French defence co-operation. But there was a word or two missing in the English translation. Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific, reports.

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EUROPE |

The complicated politics of a French defence treaty

Australia and France have been quietly negotiating a defence treaty that will affect New Caledonia and French Polynesia. But the people that live there seem to have been lost in the negotiations, writes Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher on Pacific affairs.

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CRIKEY INTERN | EUROPE |

Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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EUROPE |

G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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MEL CAMPBELL | EUROPE |

A little ditty ’bout Tony and Vlad

When did Russia’s kleptocratic, despotic and murderous leader become everyone’s favourite wacky, lovable hunk?

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CRIKEY INTERN | EUROPE |

Russian media shrugs at Australian hunt for Red November

The Australian media has whipped itself into a frenzy over Russian warships off the Queensland coast, but as Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov explains, the Russian media sees it as business as usual.

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CRIKEY INTERN | EUROPE |

From ‘shirt-fronting’ to ‘the sidelines’: how Russia reported the Putin-Abbott chinwag

The Australian media has raved about the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott, but Russian media was more interested in Putin’s chivalry, writes Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE |

A quarter-century after the Wall fell, Europe hunkers down along old battle lines

In the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe, some countries have sunk back into old tyrannies.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE |

Catalonia’s vote for independence reduced to ‘glorified opinion poll’

With Catalonia set for an independence “consultation” on Sunday, it’s worth examining the legal war that has turned the campaign for independence into an anemic symbolic gesture.

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BERNARD KEANE | EUROPE |

Your quick guide to multinational tax dodging

Multinational tax avoidance is a truly massive problem — but defining it is the first of many challenges.

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EUROPE |

An English-speaking German and a Francophone Estonian walk into a bar …

When it comes to intercultural, cross-lingual comedy, the joke can often be lost in translation. Steele Rudd, an Australian freelance writer based in Scotland, explains.

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GLENN DYER | EUROPE |

Costs add up after fresh phone hacking revelations

British publishing company Trinity Mirror has admitted liability after a number of accusations of phone hacking, and one of its reporters had close ties to News Corp.

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EUROPE |

Mon dieu! Can Socialists really manage an economy?

Freelance journalist Alan Austin compares France’s economy under its Socialist government with the United Kingdom’s under the Conservatives.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE |

Scots stay put, but there are others in the queue

Despite a resounding win for the unionists in Scotland, other regions around the world seeking independence, like Catalonia and Kurdistan, remain hopeful.

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WILLIAM BOWE | EUROPE |

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia’s political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

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EUROPE |

‘We will not have this’: passions running high as Scotland looks likely to stay

Scots decide their fate today, in a contest that has inflamed passions around the world. Freelance journalist Dan Moss reports from Edinburgh.

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WILLIAM BOWE | EUROPE |

Scotland could have got away if it weren’t for those meddling kids

The “no” vote for Scottish independence leads by a whisker — and non-traditional voters (i.e. teenagers) are not turning out to be the republicans the “yes” camp had hoped.

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ALEX MITCHELL | EUROPE |

Meet the ex-Trot who is begging Scotland to stay

Alistair Darling, an Edinburgh Labour MP and former chancellor of the Exchequer, is chair of Better Together, the umbrella organisation leading the “No” campaign against Scotland’s independence in Thursday’s referendum. Freelance journalist Alex Mitchell reports.

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EUROPE |

Scotland’s possible secession leaves the EU in a bit of a pickle

If Scotland leaves the UK, will it also be leaving the European Union? Freelance journalist James Panichi reports that in Brussels, no one has any idea.

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EUROPE |

They’ll never take our freedom: Scottish independence vote gaining ground

Scots may well take the view that it’s time to make their own history, despite protests from Tony Abbott, the Tories and the Murdoch press. Freelance journalist Alex Mitchell reports.

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EUROPE |

‘We don’t know what to do’: Ukraine’s desperate cry for help

Russia has invaded Ukrainian sovereignty, and without help it is unlikely Ukraine can hold off the Russian bear. Freelance journalist Charles McPhedran reports from Kiev.

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EUROPE |

Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s controversial career — and his alleged alien abduction — has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

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