EU MONITOR: AUKUS to torpedo the EU-Australia FTA?

Tom Baker wrote the EU Monitor on the trilateral agreement between the US, UK and Australia. Following Australia's decision to join a new trilateral security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom, known as AUKUS, the EU-Australia free trade agreement is in danger of falling apart.

There are many aspects to understanding Australia’s decision to join AUKUS. Geopolitics, strategic convergence and national interests seem to be at the heart. Moreover, the decision puts emphasis on stronger trust with more traditional allies and members of the so called ‘Anglosphere’. In the last 15 or so years, Australia had been trying (rather successfully) as it were ‘run with the hare and hunt with the hounds’ – cooperating with a variety of likeminded partners, and balancing between its economic interests and value divergences with China. 

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