ASEM: What connects and what divides Europe and Asia

The upcoming 12th ASEM will focus on the theme Europe and Asia: Global Partners for Global Challenges. While ASEM forum is probably too broad to achieve something substantial, in general, what challenges connect Europe and Asia these days, and what does divide Europe and Asia? Read few comments.

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Jamal Khashoggi: How will/can Saudi Arabia react on possible sanctions?

Saudi Arabia says it will respond to any outside sanction regarding the case of Jamal Khashoggi with the bigger action, Saudi media warns the US that with eventual sanctions it will stab itself to death and many Gulf and Arab countries supported Riyadh. But countries like the UK, France, Germany ask for answers regarding the fate of Mr. Khashoggi. Where could this lead, do you think a crisis with some global consequences is brewing, or do you see this less dramatically, and why?


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Are we ready to change climate change?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says unprecedented action needed to prevent temperature rise. Do you see sings that were are really ready to do it, what are the biggest obstacles here? Read few comments.


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What’s next for Greece, Syriza after leaving bailout program?

As Greece leaves the bailout program what do you expect politically for the country? Will Syriza be able to somehow capitalize on this, or sooner or later it’s opposition’s turn? Read few comments.

Guard at the Greek parliament building. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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What does Eurozone need?

While hardly a big reform of Eurozone Franco-German plan still faces opposition, see e. g. https://www.ft.com/content/ 19eba02a-75fd-11e8-b326-75a27d 27ea5f In your opinion what are the most important concrete step Eurozone should focus on, and why? Read few comments.


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Brexit: Running out of time?

How much do you think we are running out of time regarding striking a meaningful Brexit deal? Read few comments.


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Hmm… Macron: Trade wars quickly become war

,,Trade wars quickly become war,” full stop, French President Emmanuelle Macron said. How do you see such statement, as an exaggeration as it is hard to compare past with the situation now, or as an reminder that current tensions might lead to something bigger? Read few comments.

French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit,: http://www.elysee.fr

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