On Tuesday (13 Nov), German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered her last speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and spoke on the future of Europe. Speaking on migration, Merkel called for strengthening of European institutions in border protection (Frontex) and a common asylum procedure. Amidst divisions over migration, budget rules, and challenges resulting from corruption, across Europe, various high-ranking centre-left and left-wing politicians have urged progressive forces to form a pro-EU narrative and unite against those that reject the EU project.The European Commission is still in a standoff with Italy over the latter’s 2019 budget. On Tuesday (13 Nov), a Brexit deal was announced with a draft withdrawal text 585 pages long and a much shorter “political declaration” that outlines the future of EU-UK relation. Under this agreement, the transition period, which is set at December 2020, has the potential to be extended indefinitely. Click on the image to read more.
You are cordially invited to a talk on “Currency Competition or Currency Wars: The USD vs. The EURO vs. The RMB” by Prof. Gunter Dufey. The event will be held on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 (3.30pm – 5pm) at NUS Computer Center Building, CIT Auditorium (Level 2). Click on the image to read more.
On 4-5 October 2018, the EU Centre in Singapore and LeidenAsiaCentre co-organised the conference “Engaging a Global China: EU’s and ASEAN’s Perspectives and Responses”. This conference offered a multifaceted look into the challenges and opportunities of engaging a global China. The papers presented at this conference examined how different EU and ASEAN member states relate to China not only in the economic sphere but also in the political and security arena. Click on the image to read more.
The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit took place in Brussels on 18-19 October. Coming at a time of rising trade tensions between the US and China, Trump’s unilateralism and the overall stress on the rules-based global order, it was not surprising that Asian and European leaders would use this summit to reaffirm their support for multilateralism and international cooperation. With the trade confrontation with the US in the background, the biennial ASEM Summit was widely celebrated among Chinese newspapers and scholars as an opportunity to push back against Trump and his policies. The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini was quick to dismiss the idea that the ASEM summit was an anti-Trump meeting. However, several European papers clearly made the point that the leaders should use the ASEM summit to send a strong signal to Trump that Asia and Europe are against protectionism and will continue to keep their economies open and support the rule-based global trading regime. Singapore and EU-Vietnam trade agreements were hailed as examples of positive approach to trade to create win-win solutions. Several European countries also took the opportunity to stress that Europe’s desire to build a united front with Asia could be tempered by grave concerns about human rights issues in several Asian countries.To read the special News and Views on the 12th ASEM summit, please click on the image.
The October 2018 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. The highlight of this issue features the successfully concluded 2018 Summer Programme in Brussels and Jakarta. This summer programme, the second in a series of three, was one of the key activities organised under the Jean Monnet Network funding. This year, the programme focused on the challenges to multilateralism in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and EU. A total of 27 participants from various Southeast Asian and European universities participated in this year's programme. Click on the image to read more about the events, news, and happenings.
The Jean Monnet Network on Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism in Europe and Southeast Asia is a network comprising the EU Centre in Singapore, Universitas Indonesia, University of Malaya and Maastricht University. We intend to publish with an international publisher an edited volume to examine and engage with the recent debates about, and challenges towards, multiculturalism in Europe and Southeast Asia. A particular focus will be on the management of ethnic, religious and cultural diversities in the context of rising identity politics and the polarization of societies aided by social media. In order to discuss draft chapters and prepare a joint publication, contributors to the volume will also be invited to a Workshop to be held in Singapore on 14 and 15 June 2019. If you are interested in contributing to the edited volume and participating in the Workshop, please send the title of the paper and an abstract of 500 words to the convenors by 15 December 2018. Click on the image to read more.