On the road to Asia: why Germany and the Eurozone want a trade deal with Australia

Shortly after the G20 summit in Brisbane, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced initiatives to increase trade and investment relations between Germany and Australia. Both parties agreed to set up a joint working group to identify future initiatives. What can we reasonably expect from it?

In this piece, written for The Conversation, I discuss three major motivations behind the initiative from the German and European point of view.

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