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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.
Global Europe 23-08-2016

Listening to the voice of the Thai people

The national constitutional referendum in Thailand, on 7 August, was held peacefully and is considered a broad success. Yet the doom and gloom on the future of Thai democracy as reported in sections of the Western press was remarkable, writes Busaya Mathelin.
Agrifood 27-04-2016

Fishing industry in murky waters

Today 85% of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted or fully exploited, to the extent that without urgent measures, we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans, writes Linnéa Engström.
Global Europe 26-02-2016

Why imposing sanctions on Thailand is not a good idea

The suggestion that the time is nigh for the EU to put flexible and targeted sanctions on Thailand is grossly illogical, writes Chulamanee Chartsuwan.
Global Europe 17-02-2016

Why Thailand is ripe for EU sanctions

The EU has proven itself to be flexible and effective when it comes to imposing sanctions. When it comes to the Thai military junta, the time is nigh for us to put this experience into practice, argues Willy Fautré.
Global Europe 20-01-2016

Combating IUU and illegal labour practices in Thai fishing

Last year ended with renewed interest in Thailand’s seafood industry, following AP’s sensational report into illegal labour practices in shrimp processing facilities in Thailand.
Development Policy 21-09-2015

EU shouldn’t turn a blind eye to Thailand’s duplicitous dictators

The EU turns a blind eye when dictators operate a subtle form of authoritarian rule in which the oppression remains under-the-surface, although it is prevailing, writes Charles Tannock.
Global Europe 01-04-2015

EU must speak up to thwart Thailand’s backdoor dictatorship

General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s military coup in May 2014 quite rightly sparked deep concerns in Brussels. To its credit, the European Union acted swiftly with punitive measures, but the junta’s latest attempts at constitutional reform pose a long-term threat that must be addressed, argues Aron Shaviv. 
Global Europe 12-09-2014

The EU and Thailand: Challenges ahead

The EU’s reaction to the military coup in Thailand is arguably the first time the EU has taken the global lead in a foreign-policy crisis, with the rest of the world taking cue and following suit. Measures have included sanctions, an indefinite postponement of trade talks, a moratorium on signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, suspension of official visits and a review of military ties.
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