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Future EU 24-03-2017

A very happy birthday to the European Union

There will be a sombre atmosphere when EU leaders gather in Rome later today (24 March). Just a few days after the summit, the UK will trigger Article 50. But now the bloc is tasked with rekindling public support for integration, so let’s toast its future, writes Fraser Cameron.

10-03-2017

EU-ASEAN trade talks show signs of life

The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said today (10 March) the two blocs would try to revive plans for a trade deal, as European countries look to tap the region's strong growth.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

Given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy, many Asian countries are beating a path to Brussels to shore up their relations with the EU, which remains the strongest supporter of the multilateral system, writes Fraser Cameron.

Brexit 09-02-2017

Asian economies stress focus is on EU-27, not UK, after Brexit

Leading Asian economies stressed on Wednesday (8 February) their attention would continue to be focused on the EU-27 post-Brexit, ahead of any possibilities for the UK opened up by Brexit.

Trade & Society 30-01-2017

Migrants petition Thai seafood giant, as EU yellow card remains

More than 2,000 migrant workers at a major Thai seafood exporter called on Monday (30 January) for higher wages and better working conditions, a rare stand in a country where foreigners are banned from forming trade unions.

Global Europe 08-11-2016

Activist: Cambodia needs international respectability

Cambodian human rights activist Naly Pilorge is in Brussels to plead with MEPs and the Commission not to take Phnom Penh's claims to democracy seriously, following an unexpectedly damning resolution by lawmakers earlier this year.

Global Europe 08-11-2016

Thai exiled activist: Royal succession is an abyss for human rights

The EU suspended Free Trade Agreement talks with Thailand after its military coup. Now into its third year under dictatorship following the coup d'état on May 22, 2014, things are likely to get worse before they get better, writes Jaran Ditapichai.

Trade & Society 26-10-2016

Court may help EU sidestep lone wolf resistance to trade deals

A court ruling early next year may help the European Union out of the kind of embarrassing situation it finds itself in now, with a regional assembly in Belgium locking a major trade agreement between Canada and the 28 sovereign states of the EU.

Brexit 20-10-2016

ASEAN’s first priority is EU, not Brexit Britain, diplomats say

EXCLUSIVE/ EU and Asian diplomats have poured cold water on the idea that developing economies of the ASEAN bloc are queuing up to do trade deals with a post-EU UK – a major policy plank of the British Brexit ministers.

Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.

Global Europe 20-09-2016

EU activist gets 3-year Thai jail sentence for exposing labour abuses

A British lawyer who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand’s fruit factories has been handed a three-year suspended jail sentence.

Development Policy 19-09-2016

EU concern as Cambodia PM vows to ‘eliminate’ opponents who protest

Cambodia's strongman premier vowed Monday (19 September) to "eliminate" his opponents if they push ahead with plans for nationwide protests against an ongoing government crackdown that has sparked international alarm.

Brexit 22-08-2016

‘Forget Commonwealth, target US & China’, economist warns Brexit trade team

Theresa May’s new Brexit team of trade ministers should ignore the former Commonwealth and concentrate on the US and China, according to a new report from a former Bank of England economist.

Global Europe 19-08-2016

UN condemns ‘mounting’ Thai junta rights restrictions

The United Nations condemned "mounting" rights restrictions in junta-ruled Thailand on Friday (19 August), calling on the kingdom's generals to quickly return power following the passing of a new military-crafted constitution.

Global Europe 18-08-2016

Thai junta finance minister brushes off foreign investment plunge

Thailand's finance minister on Thursday (18 August) brushed off concerns about plunging foreign investment under junta rule, saying "there is light ahead" now that voters have approved a military-crafted constitution.

Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to ‘shut up and obey orders’

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.

Global Europe 27-07-2016

Thailand’s referendum on constitution ‘could be delayed’

EXCLUSIVE / Thailand’s make-or-break referendum next month on a new constitution could be postponed, one of the men in charge of drafting it has admitted.

Trade & Society 18-07-2016

EU and Indonesia launch free trade talks

The EU's 28 member states agreed today (18 July) to launch free trade talks with Indonesia, despite growing public doubts in Europe about two major transatlantic deals.

Brexit 27-06-2016

Will Brexit harm EU trade deals?

The UK took the plunge into the unknown and is dragging everyone along with it. Just as the EU and global markets were slowly getting back on track after years of economic recession, economic chaos this time has arrived via popular vote, writes Nelly Stratieva.

Global Europe 23-06-2016

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Thailand junta leader

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in neighbouring Thailand on Thursday (23 June) where she will meet military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as hear from the hundreds of thousands of Myanmar migrants in Thailand.

Global Europe 07-06-2016

EU warns Thailand over illegal fishing

The EU warned Thailand on Tuesday (7 June) to take "swift and determined" action against illegal fishing, or risk a European ban on its fish exports.

Global Europe 20-05-2016

EU to Thailand : ‘Free and fair elections’ or face consequences

Senior MEPs have warned the military junta ruling Thailand that the country must return to “free and fair elections” or risk the future of all EU-Thailand relations.

Global Europe 22-04-2016

EU extends ‘yellow card’ on Thai fishing exports

The EU has extended its ‘yellow card’ warning to Thailand over persistent abuses in its fishing industry.

Trade for democracy in South-East Asia
18-03-2016

Trade for democracy in South-East Asia

The European Commission’s “Trade for All” strategy aims at increasing the effectiveness and transparency of the EU’s trade policy, as well as promoting the respect of European values and responsible practices among trade partners.