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24-05-2018

ASEAN can show the way for Europe on Trade

From Kuala Lumpur, the global trading system currently resembles a high-stakes poker game played by giants – China, the US and the EU. ASEAN as a region feels almost like an outlier, writes Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trade & Society 15-03-2016

EU free trade deal will trap Vietnam in low-wage, low-skill cycle

The EU Ombudsman criticised the Commission this month for failing to provide an audit of how its Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam would affect human rights before signing off the deal. Ruth Kelly, explains how it will trap Vietnam in a low-profit-low-wage cycle.
Trade & Society 21-10-2015

Does the new EU trade communication deserve to be called a ‘strategy’?

The new EU trade strategy, Trade For All, seeks to please everybody, but fails to confront the most difficult issues ahead of EU trade policy, argues Iana Dreyer.
Global Europe 06-10-2014

Appointment of first EU envoy to ASEAN will boost ties

The European Union’s recent decision to appoint a special ambassador accredited to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a welcome and long-awaited step forward in the European Union’s (EU) relations with one of the world’s most dynamic and rapidly-growing regions.
Global Europe 13-03-2014

A practical way forward for EU-ASEAN relations

The European Union fails to fulfill its potential for cooperation with Southeast Asian nations. It should streamline its approach, not constantly waving the democracy card as this jeopardises interregional relations, several members of the Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR) write. 
Global Europe 13-05-2013

ASEAN–EU: Time for a strategic partnership

Four decades since the EU and ASEAN signed their first inter-regional cooperation agreement, it is about time to consider upgrading relations from an Enhanced Partnership to a Strategic Partnership, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Global Europe 03-04-2013

Redefining the relevance of Europe in an Asian age

With China’s sights set firmly on taking over from the United States as the world’s largest economy in the next decade, Europe’s engagement with China is critical during this transition phase for a number of reasons, write Javier Solana and Kevin Rudd.
Global Europe 29-11-2010

Europe’s myopic defence cuts

If Europeans want their ambitions to be taken seriously, they must find ways of dealing with their decline in military power, writes Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, a former Danish minister of foreign affairs.