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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.

SchroederCHANCELLOR 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…]


Howard Government Decides To Ratify International Criminal Court

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has officially announced the decision of the Federal Cabinet to support the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

The decision was made by the Cabinet at a meeting last night and approved at a meeting of the joint coalition parties this morning.

The decision represents a victory for the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, and other moderates in the Liberal Party. Downer has promoted the court since 1996. [Read more…]