On 10 August, amidst deteriorating bilateral relations, US President Donald Trump doubled tariffs levied on Turkish steel and aluminium. In response, Turkey retaliated by increasing tariffs on American cars, alcohol, cigarettes, as well as by boycotting American electronics. Elsewhere in Eastern Europe, around 80,000 people protested across Romania on 10 August accusing the government of corruption and demanding their resignation. The protests took place at a time where the ruling Social Democratic Party had already overhauled the judicial legislation that saw the sacking of chief anti-graft prosecutor Laura Kovesi in July. Another country that has gone against the EU is Italy. Migrant rescue vessel Aquarius was eventually granted to dock in Malta after five other EU member states – France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and, Portugal – agreed to take in the migrants. Click on the image to read more.
In her first public lecture in Singapore, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini asserted that the EU is a steadfast “global actor”. Yet, she did not mention any grand EU strategy in the Asia/Indo-Pacific region, in response to America’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, the Chinese Belt and Road initiative and Japan-India Asia-Africa Growth Corridor. To assert its “global actorness”, we argue that the EU should pursue a three-pronged global trade diplomacy to lead the reform of the WTO, forge high standard FTAs with partners around the world, and increase public acceptance of free trade at home. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee argued in her short op-ed for BRINK Asia that the European Union (EU) and Japan are taking steps to defend the rules-based international trading regime. Both have made significant concessions in fast tracking the conclusion and signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in order to send a strong signal that both the EU and Japan remain open to free trade. Click on the image to read more.
You are cordially invited to a Panel Discussion on “Trade in a Multipolar World”. The event will be held on Thursday, 23 August 2018 (2.30pm – 4.30pm) at NTU @ one-north, FH1 (Level 1). Click on the image to read more.
The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security (HR/VP), Federica Mogherini, was in Singapore for the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and also the ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting on 2-4 August. During her visit to Singapore, she was interviewed by Business Times, in which she said that she would be sending a clear message to its Asian partners at the ARF that the EU can be counted on as a reliable and constructive partner. Click on the image to read more.
On 1 Aug 2018, the European Union (EU) Centre in Singapore and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) co-organised a panel discussion and book launch on “EU Security Strategies”. Click on the image to read more.