Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing met several key EU leaders to seek rapid ratification for the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). In Southeast Asia, the EU has also started FTA negotiations with Malaysia and Indonesia. However, both countries have been upset with a European Parliament resolution early this year that sought to ban palm oil biofuels by 2021. While the EU continued to raise its engagement with Asia, the transatlantic ties is under increasing scrutiny with Trump riding into Brussels for the NATO summit launching a tirade against NATO allies for falling short of the 2% GDP defence spending target. The “soft” Brexit strategy that Prime Minister May rolled out in at Chequers late last Friday (6 July) was well received by her EU colleagues but not by some of her cabinet colleagues. Leading Brexiteers Boris Johnson and David Davis resigned from the cabinet, with the latter commenting that UK was “giving too much away, too easily”. Migration issue continue to hoard the headlines. Official migration figure to the EU via Spain from Africa rose in June 2018, amidst the Merkel-Orban and Merkel-Seehofer ideological clashes. Click on the image to read more.
You are cordially invited to a Panel Discussion on “European Security Strategy at a Crossroad: A stronger Europe in a fragile world?” and Launch of Book on “EU Security Strategies”, edited by Spyros Economides and James Sperling. The event will be held on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 (3pm – 5pm) at NTU @ one-north, SR901 (Level 9). Click on the image to read more.
The July 2018 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. The highlight of this issue features the 2 weeks Summer Programme in Brussels and Jakarta. We have a total of 27 participants from various Southeast Asian and European universities joining us at the 2018 Summer Programme. The Summer Programme, commencing in less than a week time, will hopefully be an enriching and rewarding experience for all the participants. Click on the image to read more about our events, news, and happenings.
For some time now, the commentaries, op-eds and analyses in the liberal press have suggested a US retrenchment and withdrawal from the “liberal world order” under the Trump administration. Indeed, what the US has been doing under Trump is neither liberal nor orderly, but it is also not a retrenchment from the world. What Trump is really trying to do is to reassert US primacy in the world through brute force - through verbal insults, through its financial and market power, and if necessary military might. Trump is giving substance to its America First policy not by making the US more competitive and unbeatable but by browbeating others into retreat. The US is not in retreat. Instead Trump is trying to make “Pax Americana” in his own image. Realising that America is not exactly in the sweetest spot, and that others are fast catching up or even ahead, the only way Trump feels America could win is that others lose. So, he is on a war of attrition wearing down others with his constant tweets and threats, and using divisive tactics to undermine multilateral institutions and coalitions that stand in his way. 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.