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.
UK Parliament voted down Theresa May’s deal for the second time on Tuesday (12 Mar) by 391 to 242 one day after May revealed a separate “joint legally binding instrument” that would act as “an insurance policy” for the backstop. The European Commission has launched an action plan to “deepen its engagement” with China, while emphasising the importance of partnership between the two global powers. The Commission laid out 10 concrete actions for discussion and endorsement by the European Council. The text enshrining the cooperation between the French and German assemblies was adopted by the French National Assembly on Monday (11 March). The launch of the new Franco-German Assembly, which will be inaugurated on 25 March, is further confounded by seemingly cooling relationships between the two nations less than two months after the Aachen Treaty was signed. EU interior ministers on Thursday (7 March) failed to conclude an overhaul of the bloc’s migration policy. No further progress can be expected under the Juncker Commission. 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.