This background paper aims to unpack the meaning of populism by drawing from existing literature on the concept and come out with a working definition that underpins the rest of the brief. Following the brief conceptual overviews, the paper will broadly review the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and analyse the key economic, socio-cultural and political reasons for this trend. Subsequently, this paper will briefly review a selection of European countries where right wing parties have gained a foothold in parliaments before concluding on the outlook of right-wing populism in Europe. Click on the image to read more.
This background brief provides fast facts about the European Parliament, a quick overview of the 2019 Elections Results and their Implications as well as highlighting the results for the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Click on the image to read more.
This infospective provides a quick historical overview of the European Parliament and highlights some of the issues that have shaped each election. It also includes a summary of the hotly debated topics for the upcoming 2019 elections, highlighting key issues and personalities running for the Parliament. Click on the image to read more.
China’s rise as a global economic and trading power has taken on a new significance for the Asia-Pacific region as well as the western world in light of USA’s increasing protectionism under the Trump administration. This brief will explore how regional organizations like the Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) as well as their member states respond to the rise of China and its increasing assertiveness in projecting its power and protecting its interests globally. Click on the image to read more.
The discourse on multiculturalism range from debates in political philosophy on what multiculturalism is and should be in theory to public debates by politicians and lawmakers on how to carry out multicultural policies. This background brief will make clear both the academic and political debates on multiculturalism, particularly as it pertains to the European Union. Click on the image to read more.
This background brief explores the prospect of a stronger European Union’s (EU) economic and political leverage in the Asia Pacific region through the analysis of EU-Japan relations. The paper delves into the main drivers and implications of the two bilateral treaties recently concluded between the EU and Japan, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The political environment that surrounded the agreements is deeply marked by crisis and uncertainty. However, this paper develops the view that increased bilateral cooperation between the EU and Japan offers opportunities for the EU to boost its presence in Asia as well as increases both parties’ ability to face new challenges and adapt to a fast-changing international system. Click on the image to read more.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of ASEM, the European Union Centre in Singapore with the support of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared a booklet on “Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in the Age of Connectivity”. Please click on the feature image for the booklet.
The EU Centre in Singapore has published a background brief entitled “The EU in a Nutshell” by our associates Timothy Misir and Jason Ji. Please click on the feature image for the background brief.
We’ve just published a new background brief (No. 15) on the The European and Southeast Asian Single Aviation Markets. For a free copy of this brief, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre has just published a background brief by our associate Mr Loke Hoe Yeong on the debates surrounding the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. For more information, please click on the featured image.