Speeches and interviews 2012

  • 19 July 2012 - Asia + Europe = Australia? In 2010, Australia joined the Asia-Europe Meeting. Australia has strong cultural connections with Europe, but its geographic location puts it in Asia. So was Australia invited to join the ASEM as part of Asia or Europe? Many may perceive Australia as a portal between the two continents – particularly where trade and business are concerned. But when it comes to arts and culture it's a different story, with criticism that Australia doesn't exploit its potential.  Listen to the broadcast .

  • 11 July 2012 - Economic shift  - It's a sign of the times that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has just visited Jakarta to talk to Indonesian President Yudhoyono. Helga Schmid is a Deputy Secretary General of the European Union. - Helga Schmidt

  • 24 May 2012 - Europe Day speechby HE Mr David Daly at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade