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Third Referendum in New Caledonia: déjà vu, fear for the future, bad vibes with Australia and the neighbourhood

  • December 8th, 2021
  • Posted by EU Australia

The third independence referendum set for New Caledonia on 12 December was set to be like the last two referendums in some of its main features — but this time had worrying differences. … Read More »

‘Australia’s’ Nuclear Subs: US gain, snub for France

  • December 7th, 2021
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield

The Australian Defence Minister, Melissa Price, on 9 November told the Submarine Association conference in Adelaide that the country’s nuclear-powered submarines would be built in South Australia.

It was one more ingredient thrown into a brewing of questions and contention since the sudden announcement of the nuclear plan, and immediate cancellation of the French contract for conventional submarines on 16 September. … Read More »

Insurrection in America: Open letter to Donald Trump

  • January 7th, 2021
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield closely watching the elections in the United States, had no illusions about how Donald Trump would react to getting beaten. But watching rioters break into the Capitol Building in Washington, not too surprised, he decided to place some blame and penned this message to the man behind it all. … Read More »

USA: Trump still good for trouble-making

  • November 13th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Options for Donald Trump after losing the US Presidency include moving to form a continuing extremist political movement, based on personality, even dynastic with his politically-driven children in leading roles. … Read More »

New Caledonia again votes ‘no’ – tension in the air

  • October 5th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Two expectations marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it was likely to be another ‘no’, and bad feeling was set to follow.

In the event the ‘no’ vote against independence won with 53.26%, down on the result in 2018, when it was 56.7%. … Read More »

New Caledonia voting again – tension in the air

  • October 2nd, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Two expectations have marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it is likely to be another no, and that bad feeling is set to follow.

The two sides have dramatised their differences, political and cultural, in the kinds of events they have put on in the last week to finalise their referendum campaigns. … Read More »

Updating Europe: can the latest deal overcome set-backs of the last decade?

  • July 27th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, came out of the European Union summit last week all smiles, saying the deal just reached on eventually getting over CORVID-19 was an “historic” game-changer.

It had set up spending forthwith of 750-billion (A$1230-bilion) to repair and re-start the European economy, an act proclaimed by Macron as signalling strong unity, the emergence of not only an economic union, but political and strategic – “sovereign, unified, democratic”. … Read More »

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