The EU released a White Paper last week delineating five possible future scenarios of European integration. The Big Four – Germany, France, Italy and Spain – of the EU27 announced on Monday that they endorse the vision of a multi-speed Europe. While the proposal may be supported by some other Western EU member states, several former Eastern bloc members, in particular the Visegrad Group opposed the idea as they believed the proposal risks splitting the EU. Click on the image to read more.
2016 was a tough year for the EU. The greatest shock was the Brexit vote in June. Other crises included the EU’s relations with Russia, the migrant / refugee crisis and terrorism. All these challenges fed into rising discontent leading to increased support for populist, xenophobic and nationalistic parties and backlash against globalisation. What will 2017 look like for the EU? This year-end commentary by Dr Yeo Lay Hwee provides different scenarios and end with a cautiously optimistic note on the resilience of the EU.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of EU Centre, contributed a short commentary on “Why the EU matters to ASEAN” to the Special August Issue of ASEAN Focus, published by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Please click on the feature image to read the commentary.
On 23 June, the British people chose to leave the EU. To know more about the immediate repercussions and potential implications of this Brexit vote, please click on the feature image to read EU Centre Director Dr Yeo Lay Hwee’s latest commentary.
A Special Report on “Changing Waters: Towards a new EU Asia Strategy” has just been published by LSE. EU Centre Director, Dr Yeo Lay Hwee and the Centre’s Associate, Dr Reuben Wong contributed articles to this Report. Please click on the feature image for the LSE Special Report.
Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre in Singapore has recently written a short opinion piece on what the EU should be mindful of in crafting its new Global Strategy. Please click the feature image for the article.
In Europe, the debate over China’s market economy status (MES) at the WTO is heating up and the European Commission is expected to issue a verdict in the second half of 2016. This latest EU Centre Commentary argues that extending MES to China on time boosts EU values as well as interests. To read this commentary, please click on the featured image.
Our EU Centre Associate Fellow Prof Reuben Wong co-wrote a commentary with Walid Jumblatt Abdullah (PhD candidate in political science, NUS-King’s College London joint degree programme) on French foreign policy and social integration which was published in The Straits Times on 25 November 2015. For more on what both writers have to say, please click on the featured image.
In the wake of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Southeast Asia in early August, EU Centre Associate Fellow Loke Hoe Yeong has penned a commentary in the Business Times (Singapore) that the UK deeply needs the EU and the single market, and that no Asian trade deal would make up for it. Please click on the featured image for more on the commentary.
Greece will head to polling stations on Sunday 5 July in a referendum that is likely to have a major impact on Greece and the Eurozone. For more, please click on the featured image.