EU leaders met on 22-23 Jun a few days after the opening of Brexit negotiations. A sense of unity and confidence appeared to have set in with the leaders agreeing on historic step towards permanent structured cooperation in defence, and stepping up cooperation to counter terrorism on all fronts. In the first round of Brexit negotiations which started on 19 June, negotiators discussed the organisation and priorities for the negotiations ahead. The second round of the French Parliamentary elections took place on Sunday (18 June). As predicted, President Emmanuel Macron’s party La République En Marche won a majority with 308 seats in the 577-strong National Assembly. Greece blocked an EU statement criticising China’s human rights record at the UN last week. Click on the image to read more on this week’s News and Views on Europe.
In a dramatic snap election called by Theresa May, the Conservative Party lost its majority in the British Parliament, and is negotiating with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form a coalition government. Unlike the divisive British election, the first round of French legislative election yielded rather clear-cut results with Macron’s party La République En Marche coming first winning 32% of the votes, ahead of the conservative Républicains (21%) and the far-right National Front (14%). This week toxic issues surrounding refugee/migrant crisis re-surfaced in Europe. European Commission on Tuesday opened legal proceedings against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing to comply with the bloc’s legally binding refugee relocation scheme. Click on the image to read more on this week’s News and Views on Europe.
This week, we bring you stories about EU to mobilise €40 billion to beef up defence cooperation, EU Hopes for Western Balkan Common Market by Mid-2018, and Asian papers condemn London attack, call for consistent anti-terrorism strategies. Click on the image to read more.
In News and Views on Europe this week, we bring you stories about Merkel’s “pivot” to Asia?, Macron sets his red lines during meeting with Putin, and Strengthening Eurozone governance. Click on the image to read more on these stories.
This week, we bring you stories about American President Trump went on his maiden trip to Europe to attend the NATO Summit, The Eurogroup meeting on Monday (22 May), Manchester tragedy calls for global joint anti-terror efforts, as well as Germany and India set to join efforts in addressing concerns over China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Click on the image to read more.
This week, we bring you stories about EU-Singapore trade deal cannot be concluded by EU alone, French newly minted president – Meeting with Merkel and shuffling the cards of traditional French politics, Poland and Hungary in the spotlight for concerns over the rule of law, Turning point for the Greek economy?, as well as Vietnam, EU complete negotiations on logging, timber trade. Click on the image to read more.
The all dominating topic this week, was the French Presidential election on Sunday (7 May). In this week’s News and Views on Europe, we bring you stories about the French Elections: Macron’s victory leads to relief but not euphoria amongst EU leaders as well as the Asian views on the French election result. Click on the image to read more.
The media was overflowing with reports highlighting the difficult Brexit negotiations ahead. In this week’s News and Views on Europe, we bring stories about the tough talks ahead of Brexit negotiations, Asian views on Brexit, Frexit and French election, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand join forces against EU on palm oil during ASEAN Summit. Click on the image to read more.
The first round of the French Presidential elections (23 April) hoarded the headlines this week in Europe and Asia. As expected, Emmanuel Macron (an independent candidate, who got 24% of the votes) and Marine Le Pen (candidate of the far-right Front National, who got 21.3% of the votes) made it to the second round which will be held on 7 May. The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ended her week of visits to China and India with a stopover in the Russian Federation (24 April). This was her first official visit to Moscow since she assumed office in 2014. With the launch of the EU-funded International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) in India on Wednesday (26 April), the EU aims to promote EU-India policy dialogue on sustainable urban development through city-to-city pairing cooperation. Click on the image to read more on these stories.
This week, we bring you stories about a surprise snap elections in the UK, Turkey’s referendum results and questions over EU membership bid, Indonesia and EU urged to strengthen education partnerships amidst trade frictions, as well as, EU diplomatic chief on trip to China, India and Russia. Click on the image to read more on these stories.