Theresa May is still seeking changes to the Irish backstop and says she plans to speak to every European Union leader before returning to the House of Commons for another vote next week (27 Feb). According to senior EU officials, the only way for May to see a breakthrough in negotiations is if she narrows her demands to a single concrete proposal plus a “technical extension” to Article 50 at the March 21 meeting. Migration issue continues to hoard headlines even though numbers of asylum applications are at the lowest and have returned to its pre-crisis level. Greek MEPs have pushed for urgent action and support from the EU to alleviate conditions at overpopulated migrant centres in Lesbos and Samos. Over 600 politicians and world leaders gathered last Friday (15 Feb) for the 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC). Demands for a stronger EU and a more cohesive foreign policy, more commitments to NATO and concerns over Russia’s assertiveness were the major themes of the 3-day conference. Donald Trump on Sunday (17 Feb) called on Britain, France and Germany to repatriate and put on trial its citizens who have gone to fight for ISIS in Syria. This comes after Trump decided to withdraw US troops from Syria, raising the question of what they should do with the people that have surrendered or been captured by the troops. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre together with its partners in the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism are organizing a 2-week Summer Programme in Singapore and Maastricht in June 2019 to introduce students to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU). The programme will explore how these two regional organisations relate to each other and how ASEAN and the EU confront the challenges to security and prosperity. The Summer Programme (from 15 – 29 June) will provide an opportunity to learn more about the EU and ASEAN, looking at their institutions, norms, and policies, and examine the roles they play in their respective regions and globally. The first week of the Summer Programme from 15 – 21 June will be held at the National University of Singapore. From Singapore, participants will then travel to Maastricht and spend a week from 23 – 28 June at the Maastricht University. Click on the image to read more.
We have published two booklets to commemorate the EU Centre’s 10th Anniversary (2008-2018). The first booklet chronicles the development of the EU Centre in Singapore and the second booklet introduces the EU, the challenges it faces and concludes that despite these challenges, the EU still matters. Click on the image to read more.
The January 2019 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. As we enter our 11th year in 2019, and face the end of our third funding cycle, we have begun on a quest towards a more sustainable model of operations. We hope a new funding model could be found to ensure the long-term viability and vitality of the EUC. We wish all a great start to 2019 and we look forward to your continued support for and engagement with the Centre. Click on the image to read more.
China’s rise as a global economic and trading power has taken on a new significance for the Asia-Pacific region as well as the western world in light of USA’s increasing protectionism under the Trump administration. This brief will explore how regional organizations like the Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) as well as their member states respond to the rise of China and its increasing assertiveness in projecting its power and protecting its interests globally. Click on the image to read more.
The discourse on multiculturalism range from debates in political philosophy on what multiculturalism is and should be in theory to public debates by politicians and lawmakers on how to carry out multicultural policies. This background brief will make clear both the academic and political debates on multiculturalism, particularly as it pertains to the European Union. Click on the image to read more.