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Myanmar post-elections

Landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi

‘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.

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EU-India Relations: Wishful Thinking

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.


EU-Philippines FTA Talks to Start

The Council on 16 November 2015 gave the go-ahead for negotiations to start on a free trade agreement with the Philippines.

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Modi’s Visit to the UK

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.

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