Towards a new relationship with Europe: Why 201...
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Towards a new relationship with Europe: Why 2018 could become a game-changer year for Australia
With the launch of Free Trade negotiations in Canberra on 18 June the EU and Australia are about to open a new chapter in their relationship. A looming Brexit next year will have significant consequences for Australia's interaction with continental Europe. Time to revisit a partnership that for a long-time had been marred by differences over agricultural policy, market access and climate change. In recent years however both sides have come closer in their outlook on key global challenges. A Framework Agreement signed in August last year compliments the push to liberalise bilateral trade and commits both sides to intensify cooperation in a whole range of areas covering foreign and security policy, science and technology, climate change and energy, education and culture.
What are the prospects for a reinvigorated partnership with the European Union and what would be the advantages for Australia in this undertaking?
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