In what could be considered UEFA's first bold move since Michel Platini took charge, the joint bid of Poland/Ukraine was awarded the hosting duties for the 2012 European Championships. While my vote was for Croatia/Hungary, I'm tickled pink for that one, Italy didn't win, and two, that the tournament is finally moving east.
Though there are plenty of issues, both political and sporting (see Guardian article), that the 2012 hosts still need to resolve, I'm in complete agreement with Sean Ingle when he writes that "in the end, Uefa's delegates decided to vote for the future; for the emerging nations, not the status quo."
Poland/Ukraine awarded Euro 2012 [Guardian]
Ukraine court opens crisis case [BBC]