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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: “Vivre Ensemble” versus “Chez Nous”

  • November 3rd, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Voters in this weekend’s independence referendum in New Caledonia are choosing between two radically different ideas of the future, despite decades of negotiation intended to create one common ground.

Lee Duffield reports that among strong indications of a resounding “no” vote the territory is approaching the poll with fears of a violent aftermath. … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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