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The EU and ASEAN in Uncertain Times: Integration, Tensions, and Trade


12 Sep The EU and ASEAN in Uncertain Times: Integration, Tensions, and Trade

The European Union is currently facing a wide range of challenges, including a difficult relationship with the United States, Brexit, tensions with Russia, and a migrant crisis linked to instability in the Middle East. Is multilateralism dead, or are there ways to strengthen international cooperation? We hosted Mr. Andreas Michaelis, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany, for a talk at the SIIA on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

The full text of Mr. Michaelis’ prepared speech is available online.

Our own text summary of the talks is also available, including  comments from the Q&A session.

Original Event Synopsis:

The very nature of Europe has come under scrutiny in recent months. The ongoing talks between the European Union and Britain over Brexit, coupled with the success of populist governments in key EU countries, have raised questions about Europe’s regional economic integration. On the global front, the EU is facing tension in its transatlantic partnership with the United States. How is Europe responding to this changing landscape, and what are the implications for Singapore and ASEAN? In this evening talk at SIIA, Mr. Andreas Michaelis, State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany’s foreign ministry, will share his thoughts on the state of the EU, the most pressing international issues on Europe’s agenda, and what lies ahead for EU-ASEAN ties as Singapore takes over as the ASEAN coordinator for EU-ASEAN dialogue relations.

  • How is the EU strengthening its economic integration in the face of current challenges? What does this mean for ASEAN’s own efforts to build a single market?
  • What lies ahead for the EU-US transatlantic relationship? Will both sides agree on a trade deal, and what are the implications for global markets?
  • What does the soon to be ratified EU-Singapore FTA mean for Singapore businesses, and what are the prospects for an EU-ASEAN FTA?

Mr. Andreas Michaelis
, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 12th September 2018
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm; Talk commences at 6pm)
Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road (Level 4M) Tower 1,
The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub,
Singapore 238890

5:30pm Registration & Networking Reception
6:00pm Opening Remarks by Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
6:10pm Keynote Speech by Mr. Andreas Michaelis: “Farewell to Multilateralism?”
6:25pm In Conversation with Mr. Andreas Michaelis and Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay; and Question & Answer Session with Audience
6:55pm Closing Remarks by Associate Professor Simon Tay

7:00pm End

This event is exclusive to SIIA members only. If you wish to express your interest in joining the talk, please kindly email us at