Southeast Asia

Global Europe 12-10-2020

Analyst: EU has lost all credibility with the Cambodian authorities

The EU's withdrawal of trade perks that have given Cambodia quota- and tariff-free access to the bloc's single market is seen as "eminently political" in the South-East Asian nation and is unlikely to bring about a change in the country, Raoul M. Jennar  told EURACTIV.
Central Asia 29-05-2019

Kazakhstan calls EU’s new Central Asia strategy ‘visionary’

Kazakhstan welcomes the EU's new vision for a stronger partnership with Central Asia, particularly as it took into account the country's proposals, its deputy foreign minister told EURACTIV and called the document, due to be adopted next month, "visionary".
Agrifood 10-05-2019

Malaysian minister: ‘Palm oil is a deal-breaker for EU-ASEAN trade relations’

Teresa Kok, Malaysia's Minister of Primary Industries, visited Brussels and other European capitals this week in a last-ditch effort to kill new EU rules that will ban the use of palm oil in biofuels – a measure European adopted because of concerns about deforestation.
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 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.
Trade & Society 18-03-2016

Thailand: The military junta answers its critics

The military junta in Thailand says it understands the concerns raised in Europe over the constitution drafting process currently underway but says the regime intends to stick to its roadmap for a return to democracy, with elections scheduled in 2017. "The government has no desire to stay in power longer than necessary," says Sek Wannamethee, a government spokesperson.
Trade & Society 17-03-2016

MEP Langen: Thai junta must ‘guarantee free and fair elections in 2017’

The draft of a new constitution and democratic elections in 2017 will be the benchmark for the European Union's relations with Thailand, said MEP Werner Langenin an interview with EURACTIV.com.
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