EU Centre’s Associate Fellow, Richard Werly, correspondent with Swiss Paper, Le Temps, has just written an opinion piece on the new leadership appointments in the EU announced on 30 August. Current Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, will take over Herman van Rompuy as the President of the European Council, and Ms Federica Mogherini, Italian Foreign Minister for less than a year, will replace Baroness Catherine Ashton as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. In his article, Werly expressed his reservations of what he felt would be a relatively weak EU leadership in the face of the multiple challenges that the EU is confronted with. Please click on the featured image for the article.
The EU Centre has published a new working paper by Mr Dexter Lee (EU Centre in Singapore) entitled “The European Union’s Democratic Deficit and Options for EU Democracy in the 21st Century”. This working paper explores the so called "democratic deficit" in the EU by charting the Union's democratic development through a process-oriented approach, and concludes at the end with discussions on the various options that the EU and its citizens can take to reform democratic processes and institutions in Europe. For more, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre is organising a seminar by Assoc Prof Lim Yee Fen Hannah (Assoc Prof, Nanyang Business School) entitled "Right to be Forgotten In The Online World on 11 September 2014, 4pm to 5.30pm at the CIT Auditorium in NUS. This seminar will explore the recent ECJ decision on the "Right to Be Forgotten" and examine the legal, historical and social contexts of the decision. To register, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre and the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law co-organised a seminar on the European Banking Union on the 29th August 2014 at NUS Bukit Timah Campus. Dr Christian Hofmann (Assistant Professor, NUS Law School) discussed the recent banking reforms by the EU, including the centralized supervision of significant banks in the euro-zone (the Single Supervisory Mechanism), restructuring and resolution regimes for credit institutions in the euro-zone (the Single Resolution Mechanism) and funding mechanisms available for and financed by banks (the Single Resolution Fund). For more information, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs co-organised a public lecture by Mr Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller (Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS & Adjunct Professor at SMU and Copenhagen Business School) at SIIA's premises on the 26th August 2014. For more on this event, please click on the featured image.
Political interest in ASEM has waned over the years at a time when it is ever more important for both Asia and Europe to step up their engagement. To re-energise the Asia-Europe partnership, this commentary argues that one should look beyond incremental measures and take a bold step towards transforming the ritualistic ASEM process to a swinging, eclectic marketplace (asem) for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and services. For more, please click on the featured image.