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Ashton and Khurshid

EU-India Ministerial Meeting

31 January 2013

Catherine Ashton and the Indian Minister for External Affairs, Salman  Khurshid, met in Brussels on 30 January. This was the first such visit by an Indian foreign minister in eight years. The discussions centred on two main areas. First, a review of the EU-India bilateral relationship. Second, an exchange on current international issues.

Both Ashton and Khurshid expressed satisfaction at developments in the bilateral relationship. Ashton said the relationship, which was based on common values, had become ‘both wider and deeper since the Strategic Partnership was established in 2004’. The partnership featured ‘regular political consultations and growing ties between our civil societies which we place great value upon’.

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Christine Lagarde World Economic Forum 2013

Asia leading world growth in 2013 but Europe holding it back

28 January 2013

Economic projections for 2013 are encouraging for most Asians (indeed for most emerging economies) but make gloomy reading for Europeans according to IMF and World Bank projections just published[1]. The world’s overall growth rate in 2013 is foreseen to increase modestly to +3.5% (IMF) due mostly to robust performance in emerging regions – particularly Asia. But Euro-zone and UK output – are foreseen to decline by -0.2% in 2013 contributing nothing to world growth this year. The US should grow modestly at +2% in 2013 – a little less than the +2.3% in 2012, but risks also remain in the United States.

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EU-Asia Centre


24 January 2013

This month Tom Roe, a former senior advisor for Asia in the EEAS, joins the Centre as Senior Vice President. A former EU ambassador in Hong Kong, Tom will be responsible inter alia for corporate development.

The Centre is organising a major networking conference on EU-Asia relations on 12 February with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim is to improve the interface between experts and officials to assist in the policy-making process.

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