Despite the results of a “chaotic” referendum on 1 Oct in favour of independence, Catalonia stepped back from formally declaring independence this week amidst mounting pressure from various sides – from Madrid, Brussels, businesses and those unsupportive of seceding from Spain. Asian papers carried a number of commentaries on the situation, highlighting the dilemmas posed by the referendum on both sides. Separation is never easy as the fifth round of Brexit negotiations continued without any significant political breakthrough. The negotiations focused more on technical issues such as citizen’s rights and the role of European Courts of Justice post-Brexit. This week also saw the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble attending his last meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday. Click on the image to read more.
The October 2017 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. The highlight of this issue features the successfully concluded inaugural Summer School in Brussels 2017, organised as one of the key activities under the Jean Monnet Network (JMN) funding, as well as the success in working with the EU Centre's partners, University of Indonesia and Maastricht University, to support the 3rd AEI-ASEM Summer School organised by the Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya before the inaugural Summer School in Brussels. Click on the image to read more about the events, news, and happenings.
Dr David Garcia Cantalapiedra, the EU Centre's Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor at the Department of International Law and International Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and former senior analyst for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), gave a lecture on “The Future of EU Defence Integration Post-Brexit”. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre participated in a panel discussion jointly organised by the Habibie Center, BINUS International University and supported by the Indonesian government to discuss the current state of EU-ASEAN relations and identify ways in which trade and investment relations can be strengthened. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to highlight that the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are inviting undergraduate students in ASEAN of all disciplines to apply for the fourth batch of the SHARE scholarships to study at ASEAN or EU universities for one semester in the period December 2017 – August 2018. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre contributed an article on “ASEAN’s Cooperation with the European Union – ASEM and Beyond” to the Special Issue of Panorama, a journal published by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). This Special Issue “ASEAN at 50 – A look at its External Relations” is now available online. Click on the image to read more.