British Prime Minister Theresa May went to Brussels on Thursday (21 May) to seek a delay on Brexit following her failure to get her deal through the British Parliament twice. After much heated debates and discussions that went overtime upending the original agenda of the European Council meeting, the EU27 leaders agreed to grant the UK a delay until 22nd May if British MPs approve Prime Minister May’s withdrawal deal when it is put to vote for the third time next week. The EU is supposed to gather Thursday (21 March) at their summit dinner in Brussels to discuss heightened defensive strategy against China, possibly indicating an end to the free and easy access that Chinese businesses have enjoyed so far in Europe (This was however upended as the discussions on how to respond to PM May’s request to delay Brexit went over time leaving the EU27 leaders with little time to discuss their China strategy). On a recently adopted cybersecurity certification scheme, EU’s Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said, “it is essential that the certification scheme gets off to a good and fast start” as global actors are watching the EU. This came amidst concerns about the roll out of Chinese 5G network infrastructure which the US claims have severe cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The European People’s Party (EPP) suspended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party on Wednesday (20 March) amidst concerns over the rule of law in Hungary. An expulsion comes with high stakes for both parties. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to highlight the call for applications for the Berlin Summer School on European Migration, Culture and Citizenship from 7 to 12 July 2019. Click on the image to read more.
In September 2016, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was agreed upon by all member states at the UN General Assembly to address global movement of refugees and migrants. This formed the blueprint for the two legally non-binding documents which aim to save lives and ensure the protection of rights of refugees and migrants. The Global Compacts on Refugees (GCR) and The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) are an effort by the UN to reinforce the message that dialogue and multilateralism are the key to addressing global challenges, and more international cooperation is needed to tackle migration flows and refugee crisis in the future. It is the latter, also known as the migration compact, which has caused controversy and was rejected by several EU countries citing concerns over sovereignty. 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.