On Tuesday (15 Jan), British MPs voted against the Brexit withdrawal agreement 432 to 202 in a historic defeat for Theresa May. The next day, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence vote against May which she survived narrowly with 325 – 306. The outcome of the vote in the UK parliament was widely reported in the European media and also some parts of Asia. French President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have both reached out to the Yellow Jacket movement, albeit through different means, ahead of the European elections. Macron announced a “great national debate” to be held on issues such as taxation, bureaucracy, democracy, and ecological transition. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre would like to bring your attention to the EU-Singapore Dialogue: Addressing Security Challenges in a Changing World, organised by the European Union Delegation to Singapore, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). The event will be held on 30 January 2019 from 9am to 4.30pm at the Straits Room, Fullerton Hotel. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre together with its partners in the Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism are organizing a 2-week Summer Programme in Singapore and Maastricht in June 2019 to introduce students to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU). The programme will explore how these two regional organisations relate to each other and how ASEAN and the EU confront the challenges to security and prosperity. The Summer Programme (from 15 – 29 June) will provide an opportunity to learn more about the EU and ASEAN, looking at their institutions, norms, and policies, and examine the roles they play in their respective regions and globally. The first week of the Summer Programme from 15 – 21 June will be held at the National University of Singapore. From Singapore, participants will then travel to Maastricht and spend a week from 23 – 28 June at the Maastricht University. 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.