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Ultimate review of 2011: December

By Naila Missous, Josh Wells, Dave Burridge, Vanessa Martinez, Cristian Meza, Matt Hill and Richard Smith

 
 

Cameron vetoes changes to EU treaty

David Cameron took the bold move to veto the proposed treaty changes to the current EU system. The full consequences both in Europe and the UK are yet to be felt.

Cameron’s decision created a lot of tension both in Europe and in the UK’s coalition.

Eurocrisis

The Greek crisis reached a head as a rescue package became unavoidable.

Reforms were also needed in an attempt to avoid the collapse of other European economies.

This all came to head at a European summit where Germany and France wanted to implement a financial tax amongst other measures.

The UK quite simply said it could not support this tax and to that extent vetoed a treaty change involving all 27 member states.

In the end the remaining 26 states agreed on measures to implement which would not involve the UK. Public support in the UK was very much with the government and agreed the veto was the correct course of action.

  America

The USA declared an end to the war in Iraq on December 15.

Elsewhere in the States, another accusation arose for Jerry Sandusky, ex-assistant football coach at Penn State. According to Fox News, a 19-year-old boy accused Sandusky of raping him when he was 12 years old, at a summer camp on the Penn State campus. The accusations against Sandusky began in early November.

  Music

December saw the domination of the UK charts by the X-factor. The X-factor Finalists reached number one with ‘Wishing on a Star’ in the first week of December.

Former X-factor contestant Olly Murs then reached the top place with ‘Dance With me Tonight’.

This was followed by the X-factor winners of 2011, Little Mix, with their winning single ‘Cannonball’ (originally by Damien Rice).

The Christmas number one of 2011 was The Military Wives & Gareth Malone’s ‘Wherever You Are’. Little Mix’s ‘Cannonball’ failed to hold the tradition of the X-factor winner’s single becoming the Christmas single, as it dropped into second place in the single chart.

Micheal Bublé’s album Christmas became the Christmas number one in the album chart.

 

Golf

As the year drew to a close, golfer Luke Donald took the plaudits as he became the first man to finish top of both the PGA and European tours at the end of the year.

Tennis

The tennis season officially came to a close with Spain beating Argentina 3-1 to lift the Davis Cup for the first time.

Darts

Back in England the 2012 Darts World Championship got under way. 15 time world champion Phil Taylor was on the end of the biggest shock in darts history after he lost in the second round to Dave Chisnall, the earliest that Taylor has ever gone out in the tournament.



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