The annual G7 summit that took place from 9-10 June in Quebec, Canada concluded on a bitter note as the US President Donald Trump left early, and then instructed his staff not to endorse the final joint communiqué. EU’s unity is tested by its own divisions on the migrant issue. Italy’s decision to refuse a migrant vessel to dock in Italian ports was criticised both at home and from the wider international community. British parliamentarians seem to send mixed signals regarding the post-Brexit relationship. British Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly agreed to draft a new self-imposed deadline in the Brexit talks: 30 November 2018, stating that the government will return to the House of Commons for discussion if no deal has been reached with Brussels by then. Click on the image to read more.
On 8 June (Fri), Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia-Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS), discussed his views on the rise of EU-Asia Relations in today’s global context. The talk, hosted by the EU Delegation to Singapore, was moderated by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of the S Rajaratnam School of Intenational Studies (RSIS), and former Secretary-General of ASEAN. Click on the image to read more.
On 21 May 2018, Euraxess ASEAN initiative “Advance your Career- Funding and Fellowship Opportunities in Europe” was held in the Auditorium at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) @ One-North Executive Centre. Supported by both NTU and the EU Centre, this information session aimed to highlight the importance of research mobility and international cooperation for enhancing both European as well as international research. Click on the image to read more.
Congratulations to all the winners of the inaugural ASEF Diversity Creates Award 1997-2017 for their achievements! We are happy to share that Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, director of the EU Centre in Singapore is one of the award recipients! Click on the image to read more.
Today, 9th May, is Europe Day. The Declaration of 9th May 1950 delivered by Robert Schuman, then foreign minister of France, was considered to be the starting point of the European integration project – beginning with the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1952 to what has developed into the European Union (EU) we see today. In her commentary, Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, reflected on the momentous decision taken by European leaders back then to bring about peace and reconstruction in continental Europe and contrast it with what is happening in the EU today. She believed that the EU can build on the experience and success it has achieved so far to address the fear and fury amongst European voters and create a better Europe for its citizens and for the world. Click on the image to read more.
As the European Union (EU) prepares to celebrate Europe Day on 9th May, Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has penned an op-ed in The Straits Times (5 May 2018) to look at the 41 years of dialogue partnership between the EU and ASEAN. Click on the image to read more.