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  • Tom 8:30 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , democratic, , , EU, , , , , , , , , , solidity   

    Solidarity important to AEC 


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    In order to have strong economic ties like the European Union (EU), ASEAN requires solidity among member states to overcome disparities and to build a single market and production base, according to a former member of the European Parliament.

    Dr Christoph Konrad, former Member of the European Parliament and designated Secretary-General to the SME Union of the European’s People Party, said that solidarity was the headline of the integration process in the EU.

    Solidarity was a good investment for the future of both the country itself and the region. “No matter how big a country is, richer countries always pay for poorer countries. We all know that if our neighbor country is successful, then we are too”, Dr Konrad said.

    However, before lending a hand to other countries, each country should check their own strengths and weaknesses to ensure sustainable development.

    Dr Konrad said that the ASEAN could take the EU as an example for its patience. The EU has taken over 50 years to build a single market and community. (More …)

  • Tom 6:26 am on August 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Amnesty, , , , Bangkwang, Bangkwang Prison, death, deplores, , EU, , , , , Prison, , , , The EU, traffickers   

    EU and rights activists condemn Thai executions 

    The European Union and human rights activists have condemned the recent execution of two convicted drug traffickers in Thailand — the country’s first use of the death penalty in six years.

    The EU said it “deplores” the executions of Bundit Charoenwanich, 45, and Jirawat Phumpruek, 52, by lethal injection in Bangkok’s Bangkwang Prison on Monday.

    The deaths “mark the end of a near six year-long de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Thailand”, said the statement released late Wednesday. (More …)

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