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Demagogues of the new century

  • November 27th, 2022
  • Posted by EU Australia

The recent elections in Sweden and Italy, which went towards extremist parties campaigning against immigrants, and the Brazil election where they were narrowly knocked back, are a warning for democracy. Lee Duffield sets about finding psychological causes for what he calls the crop of “off-balance” players, “demagogues” on the right wing. … Read More »

“Gorby – save us!”

  • September 13th, 2022
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield records impressions of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev the Russian statesman who changed history. As a news correspondent he tracked the man’s progress across Europe as he tried to get support and negotiate a peaceful ending to the Cold War. … Read More »

Elections in Europe: Amid the agony of Ukraine there are still Europeans who like Russia best

  • April 12th, 2022
  • Posted by EU Australia

Elections in Europe have shown up the extent of a pro-Russia sympathy, whether drawing on some traditional alignments in Eastern Europe or stirred up by the far-right.

The voting has put a dent in solidarity against the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war of aggression against neighbouring Ukraine. … Read More »

Ukraine War: three decades after the Cold War, back to open conflict

  • February 25th, 2022
  • Posted by EU Australia

There was a spurious relief in the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February: no more need for pretending, or false diplomacy, even no need for talk about rights and wrongs.

It is back to the raw power days, Russian tanks in Budapest in 1956, then again in Prague in 1968. Attempts at political reform and opening to the West came to that.

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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 »

Trump out: Weekend “good riddance” celebrations in USA

  • November 13th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

The change in America came inconveniently for Australians, but handily for journalists preparing peak-hour morning newscasts.

By 5 am Sydney and Melbourne time on Sunday the traditional chief outlet for verified results, Associated Press (AP), after giving the Democratic Party candidates, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the state of Pennsylvania, posted their electoral college vote to 290 – clear of the 270 needed to win. … Read More »

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