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EU-UK “Brexit”: Parliament says “No” a second time

  • March 12th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The House of Commons has again on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the Withdrawal Agreement for Britain to leave the European Union.

Lee Duffield writes that the vote came after a week of the usual confusion and bumble over so-called “Brexit”, which produced a revised agreement – in the end not revised-enough to satisfy hold-out MPs.

The vote was NO 391, YES 242.

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After Pell Fell: Churchman in gaol, millions looking for a better way

  • March 12th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cardinal George Pell waits in gaol ahead of an appeal against his conviction for a paedophilic attack on two children.

Lee Duffield provides a wrap on the case and notes that in the fall-out there are fresh calls for reforms to try and end such abuses. … Read More »

United States: Looking for a coalition against Trump

  • February 20th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Most electors rejected Donald Trump, by 2.8 million votes, before losing to him through the electoral college system – and there’s now a push to mobilise that majority against him.

Lee Duffield says Trump’s surprise 2016 victory stirred up a new left-wing movement alongside or within the opposition Democratic Party, amongst other things thinking of the Presidential election next year.

He profiles the newly-arrived politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  (picture), and takes a comparative look at a sometimes very similar, and also different American figure, Michelle Obama. … Read More »

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 »

British mess over Europe

  • December 12th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Teresa May’s postponement of the show-down vote over leaving Europe, in the British parliament, has highlighted a full-scale conflict over ideologies and wills – and high risk for the country’s future.

Lee Duffield who has a long background reporting European affairs says walking out which looked simple has proved complicated and dangerous.

In the first of two articles he documents the agreement between the British government and European Union, and the fight over it which has paralysed politics in the United Kingdom. … Read More »

British walk-out from Europe has been a long time coming

  • December 12th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Debate in the British parliament over the Draft Agreement with Brussels, for Britain to leave the European Union, has produced above all fresh conflict, confusion and uncertainty.

In this second of two reports, Lee Duffield, a long-time specialist on European affairs, says British involvement with the EU has always been a love-hate liaison. … Read More »

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