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Afghanistan: How has the EU (and NATO) performed?

5 September 2013

Speaking at a policy briefing on 5 September the former EUSR and ambassador to Afghanistan, Vygaudis Usackis, gave a positive assessment of the EU’s role there. Jamie Shea from NATO also defended his organisation’s role while Stig Toft Madsen from the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies offered a more sceptical assessment.

Usackis said he left Kabul with a sense of pride at what the EU had done. The situation was far from perfect. Indeed it was still fragile and reversible. But there had been tangible progress and the EU now needed to maintain its support. The security situation had improved, the EU police training mission was a success and there had been improvements right across the social sector, from education to health. The economic situation, however, was worrying as the state budget was still over-reliant on foreign aid – up to 90%. 2014 would be a crucial year. The priorities were the elections, tackling corruption, an independent judiciary, human rights and economic development. Efforts against extremism, radicalism and poverty would have to be maintained. And there needed to be more local ownership.

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Crouching Tiger - Tamed Bull

EU-Asia Centre/Gallup event “Crouching tiger – tamed bull”

25 July 2013

On 25 July, Gallup Europe and the EU-Asia Centre held a briefing on the possible establishment of an ‘EU-Asia Monitor’ to survey public opinion in both regions. The briefing was chaired by Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre. He welcomed the idea of an EU-Asia Monitor and put forward some questions for the discussion. How to define Asia? Should the EU have an Asia strategy – as opposed to a regional or country strategy? Do Asia and Europe share common values? What future for ASEM?

The monitor proposal was presented by Andrzej Pyrka, consultant at Gallup Singapore. Using data from the Gallup World Poll, he showed how both regions viewed each other’s political leaders and how they compared regarding social and economic sentiment and future outlook. Due to the wide coverage of topics of the Gallup World Poll, not all issues important to EU-Asia relations could be adequately surveyed. Therefore, an ‘EU-Asia Monitor’ could facilitate more in depth analysis of issues and enhance understanding of perceptions on both sides.

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Learn at Lunch

Learn@Lunch Event “Crouching tiger, tamed bull? – Comparing sentiment and attitudes in Asia and Europe”

12 July 2013

The Gallup Organisation Europe (Gallup Europe) and Gallup Singapore in cooperation with the EU-Asia Centre will hold a Learn@Lunch event on “Crouching tiger, tamed bull? – Comparing sentiment and attitudes in Asia and Europe” on 25 July at 11.45 am. This panel discussion will address the state of play of EU-Asian relations and the need for a bi-regional survey instrument such as an Asia-Europe Monitor.

As an introduction to Gallup’s large-scale comparative opinion polling effort in Asia and Europe, Andrzej Pyrka, consultant at Gallup Singapore will present key insights into the two continents\' strengths and weaknesses drawing extensively on the Gallup World Poll.

This event is by invitation only.

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INVITATION: Keynote Address on South China Sea

9 July 2013

The EU-Asia Centre, together with the Mission of the Philippines to the EU, cordially invites you to a Keynote Address on regional approaches to building maritime security in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea by H.E. Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, which will be held on 09 July 2013 at 1100h at the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95.

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Del Rosario Keynote Address

Philippine Foreign Minister Addresses EU-Asia Centre

9 July 2013

Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, spoke on regional approaches to building maritime security in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea on 9 July.

Del Rosario began his address with an overview of European history and the development of the European Union. He then stressed the great contribution of adherence to a rules-based system to the EU’s achievement of securing peace within Europe. ASEAN’s goals of ensuring peace and stability within Southeast Asia were similar.

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10 Years of EU-China Strategic Partnership - An Assessment

13 June 2013

Panellists at an EU-Asia Centre policy briefing on “Ten Years of EU-China Strategic Partnership” gave a largely upbeat assessment of progress in the past decade.

Minister-Counsellor of the Chinese Mission, Li Song, spoke about the many achievements and challenges of the EU-China relationship. The high level dialogues and the people-to-people exchanges were a reflection of the intensification of the relationship. The number of staff at the Chinese mission had vastly increased in recent years to cover the multitude areas of cooperation. The EU was China’s main trading partner and China had supported the EU as it went through the recent difficulties. Among the challenges were enhancing political trust and solving trade disputes. Given the large volume of trade disputes, such as the current problem with solar panels, were inevitable but should be resolved through dialogue. There was growing cooperation on foreign policy issues such as Iran.

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10 Years Strategic Partnership

INVITATION: Ten Years of EU-China Strategic Partnership – An Assessment

12 June 2013

After a decade of EU-China strategic partnership where is the relationship going? Does China still view the EU as a serious partner? How has the financial crisis affected EU policy towards China? What are the priorities of each side? What are the prospects of resolving new (solar panels) and outstanding (arms embargo, market economy status) disputes? How long will it take to agree an investment treaty? Are the EU and China more rivals than friends?

The policy briefing will take place from 1100-1245 on 12 June at the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels.

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Pakistan and Regional Security

Pakistan and Regional Security

15 May 2013

Panellists at an EU-Asia Centre policy briefing on 15 May were broadly agreed that the elections in Pakistan were a historic opportunity for the country. Huma Yusuf just back from observing the elections, said notable features included the high turnout, the number of female voters and the pragmatic nature of electoral debate. 

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European Youth Dialogue - New Perspectives for an Old Idea

6 May 2013


Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung has the pleasure of inviting you to a conference on:

European Youth Dialogue: New Perspectives for an Old Idea

Monday, 6 May 2013, 6.30 until 9.10 pm

Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels





Dr. Angelika SCHLUNCK, Director, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union

Christian FORSTNER, Director, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Brussels


Doris PACK, MEP, Chair, Committee of Culture and Education, Boardmember, EPP-Group

Xavier PRATS MONNÉ, Deputy Director General for Education and Culture, European Commission

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EU-China Relations after the National People’s Congress

21 March 2013

The EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute for Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) invite you to a panel discussion from 0900-1030 at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels, on 21 March.

The NPC has approved the transition in China’s state leadership and set the guidelines for the government’s work in coming years. The panel will assess the implications of the NPC decisions for China’s internal policies and EU-China relations.

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