On Tuesday (15 July), the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen for President of the Commission by a slim margin. She delivered a speech which garnered the necessary votes and support from three mainstream parties: EPP, S&D, and RE. On Monday (15 July), the EU agreed to enact sanctions in response to Turkey’s oil and gas drilling off the coast of Cyprus. As part of the sanctions package, EU foreign ministers decided to reduce the pre-accession assistance to Turkey for 2020 by €145.8 million, halt high-level bilateral talks, suspend negotiations for the EU-Turkey aviation agreement and review the European Investment Bank’s lending activities to Turkey. Click on the image to read more.
The July 2019 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. This issue features the successfully organised 2019 Summer Programme organised by the EU Centre and its partner in the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism. The 2019 Summer Programme took place in Singapore and Maastricht in June under the theme “How ASEAN and the EU confront challenges to security and prosperity”. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre published a report on “Countering Islamic State-inspired Terrorism in the EU and ASEAN: A Comparative Analysis of Policies” by Nirnaya Bhatta, Yen Shan Chen, Francesco Gaetano Fazzi, Linlin Hao and Sudarta. This report discusses the emerging threats from Islamic State-inspired terrorism and their recruitment strategies. It highlights why counter-terrorism authorities need to be sceptical about the ‘territorial defeat' of the Islamic State, and must continue to invest in counter-terrorism strategies, particularly in preventive measures to mitigate the potential threats. Click on the image to read more.
The European Union (EU) Centre, together with its partner universities – Universitas Indonesia (UI), University of Malaya (UM) and Maastricht University (MU) successfully organised the 2019 Summer Programme. The programme, in its third iteration, was one of the key activities of the Jean Monet Network that funds research, dialogue and outreach under the banner “Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism in Southeast Asia and Europe”. The theme of this year’s 2-week Summer programme was: “How ASEAN and the EU confront challenges to security and prosperity”. Our participants, selected from over 200 applications, spent a week in Singapore (15 – 22 June) followed by a week in Maastricht, Netherlands (23 – 29 June). We had a diverse group of 25 student participants hailing from 14 different countries across Southeast Asia and Europe. Click on the image to read more.
Thank you everyone, keynote speakers, guests, and attendees. The policy dialogue on Collaborative Approaches to Implementing the United Nations SDG Agenda, organised by the EU Centre in Singapore together with its partners from Australia (EU Centre at RMIT and Australian National University), Scotland (Univerity of Glasgow) and New Zealand (NCRE University of Canterbury), has been a success!
As part of the the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet network activities, the Policy, Politics, Culture: EU Migration and Integration (PPCEUMI) network hosted a Migration Policy Dialogue entitled "Immigration Anxieties in Europe, Singapore and Australia: Facts and Frictions" in Singapore on 19 March, 2019. This policy note published in conjunction with our partner, Australia National University Centre for European Studies (ANUCES), is drawn from the panel discussion at the dialogue, focusing on migration and integration policies in Singapore. Our researcher Jasmine Khin gives a summary on the differentiated policy approaches taken by the Singapore government to manage migration and diversities and to integrate new immigrants. Click on the image to read more.