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Howard Meets With Germany’s Chancellor Schroeder

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has met with Germany’s Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, in Berlin.

The two men held a joint press conference at which they discussed relations between Australia and Germany, the Kyoto Protocol, trade, illegal immigration and the International Criminal Court.

Transcript of joint press conference with Prime Minister John Howard and Germany’s Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.


Well ladies and gentlemen, allow me first of all to say how very pleased I am to be able to welcome the Australian Prime Minister here to Berlin. I have been able to welcome here a very reliable friend indeed and I can also say that the relationship between Australia and Germany is free of any kind of problems. And we were also able to discuss very welcome news.

First and foremost for thousands of pensioners in our two countries, there has been an agreement on the social security agreement now between our two countries and I understand that as of October of this year, our pensioners in both countries can actually receive pensions without any hindrance or problems in the respective countries in which they reside. [Read more…]

In Berlin, Howard Promotes Free Trade, Defends Refugee Policies

Prime Minister John Howard has promoted free trade and defended his refugee policies in a speech in Berlin.

Howard spoke at the Deutsche Bank, in Berlin.

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s speech at Deutsche Bank, Berlin, Germany.

Thank you very much for those very warm words of welcome and introduction. I would like to especially thank the Deutsche Bank, the Council in Foreign Relations and the German Confederation of Industry for providing me with this opportunity tonight to share some thoughts with you, not only about the bilateral relationship between Australia and Germany, but also in the context of our relations with Europe and the broader world community. [Read more…]