This book on the Australia–European Union relationship comes at an opportune time. While it was a case of ‘So distant …’ it is now one where it can be ‘So close’. The book is written at a time of great global uncertainty, when Australia and the European Union seem determined to offer a beacon of reliability and predictability in their own relationship, and in their inﬂuence on others. While there are strong grounds for optimism about the ‘sweet spot’, only time will tell how successful they are with this objective. This book offers specialist commentaries on topics that are at the heart of the Australia–European Union relationship, and tells the story of how their interests have come to coincide more and more closely.