'Begegnung'/'Encounter': 60 Years of Diplomacy between Germany and Australia

Vaughan, Michael (2012). 'Begegnung'/'Encounter': 60 Years of Diplomacy between Germany and Australia.

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Title 'Begegnung'/'Encounter': 60 Years of Diplomacy between Germany and Australia
Abstract/Summary The Article examines the past six decades of formal diplomatic contact between Germany and Australia, traversing five perspectives, these being respective diplomatic interests, elements of foreign policy, national economies, central political systems and dominant political parties/governments they form. Five Tables are presented, each depicting factual information from Australian and German sources. One major finding of the Article is that political conservativism is as strong in Germany as it is in Australia. Since 1949, German conservatives have governed for 43 years; whilst in Australia, the conservatives have ruled for 42 years. The prospects for ongoing and future cordial relations between Australia and Germany are good - given the 3,000 German students enrolling each year in Australia to complete their University degrees as well as the 30,000 young German tourists arriving every year in Australia for working holidays. Germans and Australians enjoy each other's company and will, almost on first acquaintance, discuss matters between them as if they had been close friends for more than five years. Such is the level of trust and rapport between citizens of two countries that do not tolerate mendacity or double-dealing and who prize warm friendships more highly than tangible wealth.
Keyword Diplomatic Interests
Principal Issues In Diplomacy
National Economies
Poltical Systems
Composition of Governments 1949-2012
Date 2012-04-08
Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines 340000 Economics
360000 Policy and Political Science
370000 Studies in Human Society
420000 Language and Culture
Author Vaughan, Michael
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Australians and Germans share a common dislike of pretentiousness and hypocrisy as well as a common admiration for hard work and technical precision. The bulk of research material and factual data in this Article are presented in a clear, uncomplicated fashion, enabling the reader to grasp quickly what might ordinarily take years to fully comprehend. Two-way trade between Germany and Australia in 2010 reached A$14.2 billion - making Germany Australia's largest trading partner in Europe. The balance of payments,though,is disadvantageous to Australia - with German sales to Australia being 3.5 times greater than Australian sales to Germany. The Article also considers the advice extended to all voting age citizens in each nation by "elder statesmen" who are/were familiar with the "levers of power" at the highest workings of government.

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Created: Sun, 08 Apr 2012, 07:32:09 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies