Book Chapter

EU-Australia Relations

Andrea Benvenuti, Philomena Murray

The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2013


This chapter examines the development of the EU–Australia relationship from a focus on one country (the UK) and policy (agriculture) to a broadening of engagement. Engagement has long been characterised by conflict and mutual misunderstandings, underpinned by a sense of distance. For some decades, neither interlocutor featured significantly on the other’s radar screen. Increasingly, however, there has been a rapprochement based on common concerns and a shared interest in cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. The chapter examines how and why the relationship has moved from a bilateral state-to-state engagement in the early debates to an increasingly regionalised and multilateralised common ..

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