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Emergency summit on migrant boat deaths in the Mediterranean …

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Migration  EU boatpeopleAn emergency European summit this week, 23.4.15 at Brussels, agreed to step up sea patrols and move on other measures in response to the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The European Union Heads of Government had been jolted into action by the latest, severe tragedy, the capsize of an overloaded boat last Sunday leading to some 800 deaths. … Read More »

Plagues on Two Fronts: Ebola and Iraq

  • September 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Execution IS un ebolaUrgent international gatherings this week in Geneva and Paris took on, respectively, the Ebola crisis in West Africa and threats posed by the ‘Islamic state’ movement in Syria and Iraq.   … Read More »

Ukraine: What soldiers think?

  • September 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

UkraineFaced with an overseas crisis like the conflict in Ukraine, governments, notably inexperienced ones that might hope to settle every dogfight and desert war, think about a military solution.

The armed forces will comply, but  may not be given a clear or realistic task.

This post carries a letter held to be the view of a seasoned soldier, talking among colleagues and friends. … Read More »

New Caledonia: “Getting ready for independence”

  • July 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

rom Lee Duffield –  in the Pacific islands.

Noumea harbourThe mood in New Caledonia, the racially and ethnically divided French territory of the South-west Pacific, is there for the outsider to easily sample.
It has great promise, with a studied accord on getting to some form, or other, of independence; and in other ways it does not feel good. (Picture – Noumea harbour) … Read More »

Ukraine crisis brings Obama to Brussels

  • March 27th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Obama EU 3-14Keeping together is the theme for the Europeans and United States, faced with Russia’s seizure of Crimea, and the ongoing ructions in South-eastern Europe.

President Barack Obama’s visit to Brussels to see heads of NATO and the European Union (27.3.14), not going to national capitals first-up, drew attention to the idea of Europe as a whole.

Most other political leaders and high officials were saying the same, keep together; while action was controlled and incremental, its main thrust to isolate the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. … Read More »

Ukraine: Intransigence, ire, talking not shooting …

  • March 5th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine EU mapIf words will sort out what the confrontation is about, and what can be done, the parties are providing ample material for a very full explanation, some day. … 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 »

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