Dr Binoy Kampmark is a lecturer in global studies, social sciences and planning at RMIT University. He has research interests in the institution of war, diplomacy, international relations, 20th Century History and law.
A free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union, closer business links between Germany and Australia, the global refugee crisis and, of course, Syria; last week's meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull covered a lot of ground.
It also saw Mr Turnbull put some careful distance between himself and his predecessor Tony Abbott.
Sandwiched between a meeting in Jakarta with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and the G20 in Turkey,