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Australia and the European Union: conflict, competition or engagement in agricultural and agri-food trade?



Australia and the European Union: conflict, competition or engagement in agricultural and agri-food trade?



Australian Journal of International Affairs 66(2): 186-205



Many scholars have mounted convincing cases that the engagement of Australia and the European Union (EU) has been characterised by skirmishes regarding the Common Agricultural Policy and its distortion of world markets, and lack of Australian access to EU markets. This article illustrates that agricultural and agri-food trade constitutes a relatively small portion of Australia-EU trade flows; that Australia exports more goods to the EU than in the past; and that, in some agri-food sectors, it exports more goods to the EU than the EU does to Australia. Further, it argues that conflict and competition regarding the Common Agricultural Policy need to be understood in the broader context of world trade and in the context of a new and deeper engagement between the two interlocutors.

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DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2011.646481


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