‘Time for Change’ was the election campaign slogan of Aung San Suu Kyi’s
National League for Democracy (NLD). Despite their landslide victory and gaining 78.3% of contested seats, change is likely to be careful and gradual. The military, unlike in 1990, does not need to crack down on the pro-democracy movement. Under the 2008 constitution that it pushed through parliament it can control the direction and pace of political change in Myanmar. In cases of ‘emergency’ the self-proclaimed custodian of the country can take over the government; the military continues to hold the most powerful ministries as well as 25% of seats in both houses. The official election results announced on 20 November put the NLD’s victory into perspective. 78.3% of contested seats translates into controlling 58.7% of parliament, enough to govern alone, but not enough to change the constitution which requires approval of 75% of parliament.
By Susanna Mocker
‘Diversity is our pride and our strength’ declared Indian Prime Minister Modi at a public diplomacy spectacle in London last week. This was very reminiscent of President Juncker's last state of the European Union address.
The Council on 16 November 2015 gave the go-ahead for negotiations to start on a free trade agreement with the Philippines.
The director of the EU-Asia Centre, Dr Fraser Cameron, took part in a panel event at the Royal United Services Institute in London on 6 November to preview the visit to the UK of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.