On Wednesday (6 Dec) the European Commission presented its roadmap for reforming the Economic and Monetary Union over the next 18 months. A landmark agreement to overhaul EU's anti-dumping and anti-subsidy instruments has been reached between the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament on Tuesday (5 Dec). In another controversial move, the EU adopted a tax haven blacklist of 17 jurisdictions (including South Korea and Macau) and a grey list of 47 jurisdictions this week. There was still insufficient progress towards a Brexit deal despite PM Theresa May’s talks with EU leaders. Click on the image to read more.
The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of Foreign Ministers (ASEM FMM) took place in Myanmar on 20-21 November 2017, against the backdrop of the plight of the Rohingyas in the Rahkine state in Myanmar. The exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into neighbouring Bangladesh and the unfolding humanitarian crisis made it impossible to be ignored by the ASEM ministers. While the human rights situation in the Rakhine state did not make it to the official agenda of the 13th ASEM FMM, efforts were made by both Asian and European foreign ministers on the sidelines of the meeting to help bring about a long term solution to the crisis. Click on the image to read more.
The collapse of Germany’s coalition talks on Sunday (19 Nov) is the latest shock to hit Europe and has raised concerns that the European Union's (EU) biggest country will send the bloc into paralysis. This is a 180 degree turn from fears of a “German Europe”- German domination of the EU – to worries on what will happen to EU reforms and policies without a strong German hand. Click on the image to read more.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee together with Ms Peggy Kek from SSO, Dr Gillian Koh from IPS and Ms Chang Li Lin from PMO co-edited a book “Tommy Koh – Serving Singapore and the World” to pay tribute to Singapore’s foremost diplomat, Ambassador Tommy Koh. The book was launched on 11th November 2017, one day before the 80th birthday of Ambassador Koh. The book, published by World Scientific Professional, contained over 40 essays written by experts in the various fields of endeavor and people who have worked with Ambassador Koh. The essays are organised into four main sections – Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law and a fifth section that features tributes from his former classmates and colleagues. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand got together to conceive an interesting conference to discuss and debate the challenges facing the European Union (EU) and contemplate its future. Hosted by the EU Centre in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and supported by the European Commission, the two and a half day conference from 16-18 October attracted more than 100 participants. Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre took part in the first plenary on “The European Union in a Multipolar World”. In her remarks, she began by asking what kind of world are we in? Click on the image to read more.
The Presentation of Credentials ceremony started against the backdrop of the Presidential Palace’s lush lawns with Ambassador Plinkert being received by Singapore's guard of honour. After the inspection of the guard of honour, Ambassador Plinkert signed the guest book and presented her letters of credence to President Yacob. Click on the image to read more.