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Archive for July, 2018

A vote to clear the air on independence?

  • July 22nd, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

The long-awaited referendum in New Caledonia is approaching quickly.

In the final instalment of a three-part series, Lee Duffield in Noumea assesses some of the options and omens. … Read More »

Who decides in New Caledonia?

  • July 20th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

In this second of three articles from Noumea, Lee Duffield (picture) learns about multi-cultural New Caledonia and the events that led to their referendum on independence now just four months away.

What is the shape of decolonisation in the present time, now long after the rush to independence that went on in countries around the world from 1960 to 1980? … Read More »

New Caledonia celebrates Bastille Day and thinks about independence

  • July 20th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

In France’s most far-flung territory, New Caledonia, the Bastille Day celebrations this year were as normal, though technically at least, those might have been the last as the national day.

Lee Duffield who is in New Caledonia watching the lead-up to the referendum on independence set for 4 November, says a “yes” vote would overturn decades of deal-making and compromise.

It is the first of three articles. … Read More »

Faltering UK exit from Europe – possible impacts in Australia

  • July 16th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Weakening of accord between Europe and the United States comes at a moment when Australian-EU relations are intensifying – raising thoughts about some future test of loyalty among friends.

British secession from the European Union that is set to become formal on 19.3.19 should complicate things even more. … Read More »

Meme au bout de monde: Football victory for France reverberates world-wide

  • July 16th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Even at the “end of the Earth”, or at least a most far-away point from France, they stayed up all night to revel in the country’s great victory.

The scene was a crowded sports bar in Noumea, New Caledonia, out in the mid-Pacific, towards 4 am local time, and 500 spectators dared to believe it was about to happen. … Read More »

Shaping up for New Caledonia’s independence vote

  • July 7th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Opinion polls are saying electors in the independence referendum set for New Caledonia this year will strongly support staying with France.

Lee Duffield as a correspondent covered the original Paris negotiations on independence 30 years ago.

He says a meticulous deal coordinated by successive French governments has shortened the odds their way, but the sticking point is how the native Kanak people will wear any outcome. … Read More »