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.
The EU Centre’s Director Dr Yeo Lay Hwee has penned a commentary together with Mr Simon Tay (Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs) on the late Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s views on Europe and regional integration. Please click on this featured image to read the commentary.
The 10th ASEM Summit may be over, but there have been calls by experts for a fundamental rethink to move the ASEM process forward. The EU Centre’s new commentary evaluates the outcome of the 10th ASEM Summit and the leaders call for fresh thinking that could pave the way for ASEM to be transformed into a more informal but bustling Asia-Europe marketplace. Please click the featured image above to access the commentary.
The Scottish independence referendum is now over, and Scots have voted to stay in the UK. Why did the “Yes” campaign fail and where did it succeed? Also, what impact will the referendum have for UK and EU politics? For more on this latest commentary, please click on the featured image.
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.
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.
The EU Centre’s Associate Fellow Dr Reuben Wong has published a commentary “‘Power shift? The EU’s pivot to Asia” on The UACES Blog, in which he argues that the EU’s actions towards Asia since 2012 does not constitute a major strategic shift to the region. For more on this commentary, please click on the featured image.