Political interest in ASEM has waned over the years at a time when it is ever more important for both Asia and Europe to step up their engagement. To re-energise the Asia-Europe partnership, this commentary argues that one should look beyond incremental measures and take a bold step towards transforming the ritualistic ASEM process to a swinging, eclectic marketplace (asem) for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and services. For more, please click on the featured image.
Foreign affairs stories have dominated the headlines in the EU this week: EU leaders have condemned Russia for its role in the downing of MH17, and the Union is preparing further sanctions against Russia. Also, find out why the MH17 crash may further complicate the appointment of the EU's next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. For more on these stories, please click on the featured image.
The 20th EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AEMM), co-chaired by Catherine Ashton, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Pham Bing Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam, took place in Brussels on 23 July 2014. ASEAN and EU foreign ministers issued a joint statement on the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. For more on this story, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre in Singapore and the Global Youth Congress International (GYCI) are co-organising the 2nd Edition of the European Union Youth Forum (EUYF) which will be held from 31 July - 2 August 2014. For more information on the event, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre and the Embassy of Italy co-hosted a Breakfast Dialogue with Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Mr Benedetto Della Vedova at NTU@one-North on 28 July 2014. The Undersecretary shared with the 80 strong audience Italy's priorities during its six months of rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For more, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre and the Singapore Business Federation are co-organising a panel discussion entitled "The European Elections: What it means to Singapore Businesses". This panel discussion will take place on panel at the Singapore Business Federation office on the 4th August 2014 (Monday), 3pm to 5pm. For more details and to register for this event, please click on the featured image.