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Leader Profile: Ralph Regenvanu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu

  • August 1st, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield interviewed the Foreign Minister at Port Vila in Vanuatu on 23 July 2018. He found a frank and open, and informing account of current issues in Vanuatu.   … Read More »

Vanuatu digs in on Chinese presence – Foreign Minister says it’s “great”.

  • July 25th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

The Vanuatu foreign Minister, Ralph Regenvanu, has welcomed the intensified Chinese investment and aid efforts in his country, while conceding it does come with some extra diplomatic pressure.

In an extended interview with EUAustralia, at his Foreign Ministry office, Mr Regenvanu took stock of incidents upsetting the Australian government, and many Australians, like the story of China wanting a naval base in Vanuatu, which his government has denied. … 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 »

Ukraine: Fear of war

  • March 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine mapIn the course of one week the crisis in Ukraine worsened, with the overthrow of the President, and then, with the intervention of Russian troops, the fear of war. Lee Duffield writes. … Read More »

London gathering against the wildlife trade: Final war?

  • February 19th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Wildlife 9The London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade fired the first shots, 13.2.14, in what is being announced as a stepped-up, and desperate new campaign to save world wildlife from heavy, increasing, and terminal poaching.

It named and confronted Asian markets for the trivialised use of  objects from animals that have now become precious and almost unimaginably expensive – as status symbols, and ingredients for obscure special foods. … Read More »

Ending 2013: “Five Eyes” get a black eye over Snowden spy tales …

  • December 18th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

eyeThe drip feed of information purloined from American security files continued this year as Edward Snowden, former CIA-NSA contractor, continued the campaign from his Russian sanctuary.

Merkel A portrait Obama EUThe news of American phone-tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture), provoking an apology from President Barack Obama (picture) who indicated such practices would stop, was matched by complaints from South-east Asia saying Australia was running the Asia-Pacific side of such operations.
Targetted in this were the so-called Five Eyes states that share intelligence, the United States and the old “white Commonwealth”: Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. … Read More »

Swimming: New Dawn?

  • August 7th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Swimming Cate campbellThe Australian swimming team came good at the Barcelona World Championships; among the high performers Cate Campbell (picture, centre block) breaking a drought of years for the team with her win in the prestigious 100 metres freestyle. … Read More »

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