What's Next: May 15, 2017

An European Union flag being waved in front of Big Ben in London.
An European Union flag being waved in front of Big Ben in London.PHOTO: REUTERS

EU meeting on military training HQ

European Union foreign ministers meet today in Brussels to review the progress on a March accord that allows the launch of a headquarters for military training operations, amid concerns that the grouping may lead to the establishment of a "European army" to rival Nato.

France and Germany support the move and have pressed the EU to do more to ensure its own defence and counter the threat of terrorism.

Asian lawmakers here for workshop

At a time when there is pushback from various quarters on international trade, lawmakers from Asia are in Singapore this week for a workshop to deepen their understanding of the issue.

The three-day event is organised by the World Trade Organisation and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and is intended to improve the parliamentarians' ability to engage on the issue.

Focus on Silk Road, S'pore export data

Local investors will be weighing the implications of China's eye-popping pledge to spend US$124 billion (S$174 billion) on its ambitious new Silk Road project. Closer to home, they will be analysing the latest export data for Singapore due out on Wednesday. The heavily trade-dependent Republic has enjoyed a four-month resurgence in trade. The latest figures, for last month, will tell the story of whether this rebound is continuing.

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