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    Asia Europe Meeting: A partnership for the 21st Century

    8 July      

    Asia-Europe trade with each other, invest in each other’s markets and increasingly engage in discussions on politics and security. Growth, jobs and inequality are top of both region’s agenda. So why is the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) – with its  51 Asian and European partners -  one of the best kept secrets in the world? Read more


    To read the Op-ed "Why Asia EU relations matter" click here.                                                                             

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    "40 under 40" - European Young Leaders

    2/5 July

    These European Young Leaders are meant to shape the future of our continent at a time where many challenges lie ahead  and therefore have been selected from various fields of activity including politics, science, business, media, NGOs, the arts and civil society. Read more


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    Africa: Progress and pitfalls

    24 June

    “Today is the time to finally unleash Africa's huge and unrivalled potential,” said European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs at the 2014 Development Poplicy Forum (DPF). Africa is increasingly attracting attention as a business opportunity as perceptions of the continent change and become more upbeat. Africa's progress means changing the traditional relationship based on aid, while continuing to contribute to peace and security where needed. Read more

    The factsheet "Africa: Progress and pitfalls" is available here



ASEAN EU to talk trade, security

By Shada Islam 
Asia remains high on the European Union’s foreign and security policy agenda as foreign ministers from the EU and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations[1]) meet in Brussels on July 23, their first such gathering since talks in Brunei over two years ago. Discussions at the EU-ASEAN meeting will focus on an array of global and regional issues. But more importantly, both sides have specific long-standing demands which are likely to be raised. 

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Europe's industrial fightback: The key role of innovation

What is needed to revive Europe’s industrial sector, improve manufacturing productivity, create jobs and restore European economic competitiveness on the global stage? In the context of the recently released European Commission’s Communication on a European Industrial Renaissance, Friends of Europe hold a debate on innovation, investment and new technologies on June 18. 
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Should Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova eventually join the EU?

Last month, the European Union signed sweeping trade and association accords with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The deals are designed to cement economic and political ties between the EU and the three former Soviet republics, to the chagrin of Moscow which has sought to lock them into its own sphere of influence through a Russian-led Eurasian customs union.
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Guest Contributions

Africa-EU Partnership: Involving the private sector is crucial for African development
By Françoise Moreau. The African continent is evolving rapidly – on both the political and economic fronts. In May 2013, the African Union celebrated 50 years of continent-wide integration and, in formulating the Agenda 2063, has developed its own vision for a prosperous and united Africa.
Africa is rising – let’s engage in real partnership to maintain and broaden the momentum
By Andreas Proksch. At last, the narrative of “Africa rising” is changing the image of Africa as a hopeless continent riddled with problems. And indeed there is much ground for hope: Africa has become a continent of opportunities, with rising growth rates and living standards, decreasing poverty rates, a growing middle class and, in many cases, stable governments.
No deal on top EU jobs, Juncker sets out priorities

European Union leaders have failed to reach agreement on the bloc’s top jobs but said they will meet again on August 30 to clinch the deal.“It’s unfortunate, but not dramatic. We are not yet ready for a consensual decision”, said European Council President Herman President Van Rompuy who chaired the meeting.

BRICS Bank set up
Leaders of the BRICS emerging countries have launched a $100 billion development bank to fund infrastructure projects in developing nations.  The long-awaited bank called the New Development Bank will be based in Shanghai and have an Indian national as its president. 
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Let’s stop talking about Europe’s ‘lost generation’ of young jobless

Years of crisis in so many of the EU’s member states have hardened into a single key question: How can we save European youth from becoming a “lost generation”? asks Jörg Asmussen.

It’s time for Brussels to re-think its post-Arab spring strategy
Regime changes in the southern Mediterranean region have done little to improve people’s lives. Hafez Ghanem argues that the EU’s efforts to support political and economic transition in the wake of the Arab Spring need to be overhauled, says Hafez Ghanem.            


A ‘warts and all’ portrait of a new EU industrial policy
To fully appreciate the EU’s new industrial policy, one first has to understand the reasons behind its European-level renaissance. By the end of the 1990s, many policymakers had become fascinated with the emerging knowledge-based, sustainable and green economy, leaving anyone speaking about industrial policy as belonging to a dying species. says Günter Verheugen.


The EU is trying to boost industry, aiming for 20% of gross domestic product (GDP) to come from manufacturing by 2020, from the current level of 15%. Panelists at a Friends of Europe Café Crossfire on 18 June said the numerical target was really just a way of saying ...
The Asia-Europe partnership, launched in Bangkok in 1996 to foster stronger relations between the two regions, is ready for a reset. Hopes are high that the 10th Asia Europe Meeting (AEM) – or ASEM summit – to be held in Milan on October 16-17 will confirm the credibility and relevance of Asia-Europe relations in the 21st Century.
“Expectations on Prime Minister Narendra Modi are sky-high”, said Shishir Kumar Bajoria, Chairman of the IFGL Group, India at Friends of Europe policy insight on 12 June. With a turnout of 66,4% and a large participation of women and youth, the Indian elections channelled a pressing demand for political and social change.
Juncker’s “make or break” Inheritance
By Giles Merritt. The  European Parliament elections in late May highlighted the “big picture” of the EU’s accelerating unpopularity, yet that warning was quickly eclipsed by the much smaller question of who should head the EU’s executive, the European Commission.
Indonesian elections matter to all of us

By Shada Islam and Patricia Diaz.  Elections in Indonesia matter to a closely watching world. The results of the presidential elections in the world’s third largest democracy on July 9 will determine the future direction of Southeast Asia’s most populous nation and dynamic economic powerhouse.  

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