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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 »

One month into Putin’s war

  • March 22nd, 2022
  • Posted by EU Australia

The horror and brutality of the siege of Mariupol is demonstrating a futility to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia under Vladimir Putin.

A month after Russian forced crossed border on 24 February, it appeared that Putin might still get some kind of quick conquest – but any lasting great victory remains much more elusive. … 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 »

Last efforts in Brussels to help the British get out of Europe?

  • April 17th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The European Union Heads of Government, week ending 12 April, had good reason to throw the British out so they could get on with important business concerning their joint future.

As Lee Duffield reports, they took over, telling the United Kingdom to finally make a plan for leaving the EU and ruling on a timetable for that — to 31 October. … Read More »

Notre Dame: “A deep wound … can be healed”

  • April 16th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The extensive destruction by fire of Notre Dame Cathedral marks a turning-point after close to a millennium of spiritual affirmation and cultural pride — beckoning revival and a new beginning.

As the Cathedral burned on Tuesday morning Australian time Lee Duffield wrote this reflection on some of the meanings of an event that will touch the life of millions. … Read More »

“Brexit” log-jam in London: new plans, same problem

  • March 29th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The British parliament has voted to extend the deadline for seceding from Europe from Friday until mid-April – but has failed to vote for a consensus on what to do.

Lee Duffield says he stopped making a straw-poll of Australian observers after getting a very early consistency of comments: “silly pommie parliament”, “incompetent mob”, and so on.

In this up-date he says there is surprise and exasperation in Europe also. … Read More »

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