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Dealing in Billions: Tough trade talks with European negotiators who broke the Brits over “Brexit”

  • February 14th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Things have come to a push-and-shove stage in talks between Europe and Australia over trade – with the EU’s head man in agriculture taking a tough position in Australia this week.

Lee Duffield caught up with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (equivalent to a federal minister), Phil Hogan (picture), and members of his negotiating team on the Gold Coast.

He says European Union officials who got the British in a tight corner over their secession from Europe – committing them to pay Brussels €39-billion (A$62.09) – aren’t backward putting their own interests forward. … Read More »

Wild World

  • February 12th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield looks at floods, fires and blizzards this week, in a time of climate change …

 The Northern Australian city of Townsville with some 20% of its suburban zones under water until the weekend might now be a model for the world, for possible climate change impacts and handling them. … Read More »

Christmas again

  • December 24th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Winding down at year’s end is bringing the traditional mix of devotional observances, silly season and anxiety about what’s likely to come next.

Lee Duffield writes. … Read More »

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 »

Chacun a deux pays, le sien, et La France …

  • November 16th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Paris Tricolor Bridge Paris survivors 13.11.15Gestures of support have accumulated worldwide for Paris in response to the terror attack on the city on Black Friday 13.11.15. … Read More »

Europe’s Refugee Crisis – déjà-vu on the frontier …

  • September 8th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Refugees 2015 Al jazeera Thousands this September, crossing Hungary’s frontier into Austria, replayed the events at the same place in September 1989, with a clear tinge of  irony.

Then as now it was a desperate rush to take advantage of an open frontier, to be received with open arms, moving on to find protection and freedom in Western Europe, writes Lee Duffield. … Read More »

Greek vote delivers numbers for austerity: 229 – 64, €86-billion, 200% impost on GDP …

  • July 16th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Athens hilltop LauraDespite differences and divisions within the ruling Syriza coalition in Athens, and among the creditors, a new financial ‘bail-out’ agreement has passed the Greek parliament, 229 votes to 64.

Deputies from the extremist right-wing Golden Dawn railed against the package, and communists from one wing of the coalition walked out, in sympathy with demonstrators in the square outside.

The rest of the government, together with the main parliamentary opposition parties Pasok and Nea Demokratia, signalled that a highly reluctant and unhappy consensus might be achieved for very tough economic battles ahead. … Read More »

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