EU-Thailand relations after the coup

Wat Arun at dusk, Thailand. [Mark Fischer / Flickr]

Thailand suffered a military coup in May 2014 – overthrowing the democratically-elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra after months of street protests, just as the second-largest economy in ASEAN was about to sign a Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

Since then, the country’s key fishing and fruit industries have also come under the spotlight from Brussels, whilst human rights activists and lawyers allege a crackdown on any dissent to the junta.

With a referendum planned this year, followed by a promised election in 2017, Thailand’s relationship with the EU, Washington and the wider world now rests on a controversial road back to democracy.

This Special Report is also available in German at this link.

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