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The Armistice: “Ancient demons coming to the surface”

  • November 13th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

It came to France, scene of the epic battles of the Great War (1914-18), to host the celebration of its centenary on 11 November.

Lee Duffield says it also fell to the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to post a reminder about the ideal of civilisation which the savagery of that war had jeopardised. … Read More »

New Caledonia: Referendum signals start of a new campaign

  • November 5th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

The no vote on Sunday’s independence referendum in New Caledonia came close enough for Kanak independence leaders to say they can fight again.

Lee Duffield says that result might also be sweet enough both to damp down anger in the Kanak community, and cut down bravado and cockiness on the other side. … Read More »

New Caledonia – do the French public want to “set it free”?

  • August 31st, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

 Things may be coming to a head over the coming New Caledonia referendum, the independence struggle in Australia’s own region, but there’s only lukewarm interest in France itself, says Lee Duffield.

After reporting from Noumea last month, he has been walking the streets in France this week asking people about New Caledonia – and getting some blank stares. … Read More »

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 »

Taking a stand on media freedom in the Pacific

  • July 26th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

When the host county Nauru banned the pool broadcaster, ABC, from the Pacific Islands summit set for September, it was condemned widely for an attack on freedom of the media.

Lee Duffield paid a visit this week to Dan McGarry, head of the Vanuatu Daily Post, who took a lead, declaring his outlet would no longer go. … 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 »

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 »

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