This background paper aims to unpack the meaning of populism by drawing from existing literature on the concept and come out with a working definition that underpins the rest of the brief. Following the brief conceptual overviews, the paper will broadly review the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and analyse the key economic, socio-cultural and political reasons for this trend. Subsequently, this paper will briefly review a selection of European countries where right wing parties have gained a foothold in parliaments before concluding on the outlook of right-wing populism in Europe. Click on the image to read more.
Last Thursday (8 Aug), Italian Deputy Prime Minister (PM) and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced the collapse of the M5S-League coalition government. Salvini’s League party subsequently tabled a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Conte, in a bid to trigger snap elections. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged the EU to amend the terms of the withdrawal agreement, stating that they would be responsible for a UK departure on “no-deal terms” if they fail to compromise. Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker remarked that a no-deal Brexit would ultimately hurt Britain the most. President Donald Trump accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran amid heightening tensions between the US and Iran. The comments came after a report that Macron had invited Iran President Hassan Rouhani to the G7 summit to meet Trump, which France denies. Click on the image to read more.
The Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, one of the key partners of the Jean Monnet network led by the EU Centre, organised the Asia-Europe Conference 2019 on the theme “Europe in the New Asia: New Anxieties, New Construct”. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to bring your attention to the call for abstracts for the Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference (AESCON) hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia and the Center for China and Globalization. Submission of abstract is open until September 2019. Click on the image to read more.
The July 2019 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. This issue features the successfully organised 2019 Summer Programme organised by the EU Centre and its partner in the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism. The 2019 Summer Programme took place in Singapore and Maastricht in June under the theme “How ASEAN and the EU confront challenges to security and prosperity”. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre published a report on “Countering Islamic State-inspired Terrorism in the EU and ASEAN: A Comparative Analysis of Policies” by Nirnaya Bhatta, Yen Shan Chen, Francesco Gaetano Fazzi, Linlin Hao and Sudarta. This report discusses the emerging threats from Islamic State-inspired terrorism and their recruitment strategies. It highlights why counter-terrorism authorities need to be sceptical about the ‘territorial defeat' of the Islamic State, and must continue to invest in counter-terrorism strategies, particularly in preventive measures to mitigate the potential threats. Click on the image to read more.