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New Caledonia again votes ‘no’ – tension in the air

  • October 5th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Two expectations marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it was likely to be another ‘no’, and bad feeling was set to follow.

In the event the ‘no’ vote against independence won with 53.26%, down on the result in 2018, when it was 56.7%. … Read More »

New Caledonia voting again – tension in the air

  • October 2nd, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Two expectations have marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it is likely to be another no, and that bad feeling is set to follow.

The two sides have dramatised their differences, political and cultural, in the kinds of events they have put on in the last week to finalise their referendum campaigns. … Read More »

Updating Europe: can the latest deal overcome set-backs of the last decade?

  • July 27th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, came out of the European Union summit last week all smiles, saying the deal just reached on eventually getting over CORVID-19 was an “historic” game-changer.

It had set up spending forthwith of 750-billion (A$1230-bilion) to repair and re-start the European economy, an act proclaimed by Macron as signalling strong unity, the emergence of not only an economic union, but political and strategic – “sovereign, unified, democratic”. … Read More »

Trump, UK – media wars

  • May 21st, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

With the coronavirus tragedy in America and re-election time for Donald Trump, the political warfare is heating up, and gloves are coming off in the media battles. … Read More »

EU’s world deal on virus – Australia, China, US make trouble

  • May 19th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

The European Union’s move to get CORVID-19 investigated through the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been made difficult by Chinese-American squabbling –and Australia trying to get into the fight.

The EU focus has been to try and discover more about the virus and its origins, and draw lessons about managing both the particular disease and others that may follow.

But first they have had to manage, coax and bring into the process, unreasoning parties on two sides: on one hand American and Australian governments picking a fight with the Chinese, on the other, Chinese communists indulging their accustomed habits of coercion and abuse. It’s a picture of maturity from Brussels and something much less from these other partners. … Read More »

United Kingdom: “Brexit” Boris campaigning to join Trump and Morrison in the conservative leaders’ club

  • June 26th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

British Conservatives in the coming weeks, voting on whether to make Boris Johnson their party leader, may be opening a can of worms.

Lee Duffield writes that the antics of the strong advocate of “Brexit” – secession from Europe – are wrapped around many problems with his track record and identity.

He says also, Johnson is one of a kind. … Read More »

European elections and the “Brexit” effect

  • May 29th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The European Parliament elections on the weekend saw a lot of disappointment for all those looking for drama, though voter turnout got a healthy lift.

Lee Duffield interprets what happened including a treatment of how it connects with the mess being made of government in Britain. … Read More »

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