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.
Abstract The tragic deaths of over 300 people off the coast of Lampedusa in 2013 and many other incidents involving migrants from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) crossing the Full Article »
With the 2014 European Elections just round the corner, the EU Centre has published an infospective (Background Brief 12) by Devi Shree Malarvanan and Dexter Lee (EU Centre in Singapore) entitled “Infospective on the European Elections and the European Parliament” which covers the history of the European Parliament (since the founding of the ECSC) and the European Elections (since 1979).Please click on the featured image to find the download link for this free publication.
The EU Centre has just published a background brief by Dr Cesare Onestini (EU Visiting Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy) entitled “The European Union and global security: is the EU becoming the indispensable partner?”. This paper looks at the development of the EU’s new capacity as a security actor in third countries, outlines why the EU favours working with other partners such as the UN over taking direct action, and presents a framework for the EU to strengthen cooperation and build ties in ASEAN in the area of crisis management. Please click on the featured image for the abstract and download link to this paper. Photo Source: EU Delegation to the United States
The EU Centre is proud to present a new background brief on “EU citizenship: Citizenship and identity beyond national borders” by Mr Loke Hoe Yeong (Associate, EU Centre in Singapore). This background brief discusses the evolving concept of citizenship, as well as the history and the legal status of EU citizenship. Furthermore, the paper also argues that the idea of EU citizenship has served more than just symbolic value – it is tied to the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights thus cementing political rights, and at the same time, such an idea has put pressure on the EU to address the perceived democratic deficit that it is often accused of. For more on this paper, please click on the featured image.
The EU Centre has published a background brief on A Roadmap for Strengthening International Collaboration in Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020, by Dr Özgün Sarımehmet Duman (Associate, EU Centre; Assistant Full Abstract »