EU celebrates the UN at 75
by Thomas Wiersing - October 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Oct. 24, our head office in Brussels lit up in blue to pay tribute to the UN, an institution which, just like the EU, was built for peace.
Connectivity between Europe and Asia to remain ‘constant’
by Thomas Wiersing - September 30, 2020 - 12:00am
While the “new normal” has made us physically distant from each other, the situation has also called for countries and their people to become interconnected more than ever.
Addressing COVID-19 through solidarity and multilateralism
by Thomas Wiersing - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Challenges can always become opportunities for all of us to strive for positivity and hope. The past six months have become a time to bond together in the spirit of solidarity.
Green recovery: Rebuilding our lives for the better
by Thomas Wiersing - July 26, 2020 - 12:00am
As the world grapples with COVID-19 and starts to gradually prepare for dealing with its longer-term impact, governments and societies should reflect on what we can learn from this crisis.
Anxiety? No, not us — or only just a little bit
by Thomas Wiersing - June 21, 2020 - 12:00am
When I was thinking about a topic for this month’s column, a colleague suggested to me ‘anxiety.’
My Europe Day speech that was never held
by Thomas Wiersing - May 27, 2020 - 12:00am
For every Ambassador it is an honour to celebrate his or her country’s National Day in their respective host country.
Fighting COVID-19 is a battle for human rights
by Eamon Gilomore - May 3, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 crisis is a human rights issue, one of the most global and urgent we have ever seen. This is a struggle by all of humanity, for the right to life, and for the right to health of every person.
We stand together — United in distance
by Thomas Wiersing - April 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Originally I had planned to use my April column to announce a number of events in the Philippines to celebrate our annual ‘Europe Day’ in May.
COVID-19 - let’s stick together
by Thomas Wiersing - March 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Well, of course sticking together is not really meant literally here. But in our mindsets.
Strengthening our interconnected world through culture
by Thomas Wiersing - February 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Turbulent headlines have hugged online news the past few days – from coronavirus, volcanic eruptions, fires, oil price increase to terrorism.
The green deal: The EU’s response to climate change
by Thomas Wiersing - January 30, 2020 - 12:00am
he Taal Volcano eruption and the massive haze in Australia are stark reminders how vulnerable mankind is when nature strikes.
Togetherness – ‘Sama-Sama’
by Thomas Wiersing - December 19, 2019 - 12:00am
During this time of the year people always feel a desire to be close to their loved ones.
ASEAN-EU relations: Moving forward
by Thomas Wiersing - November 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Early this week, I had the pleasure of accompanying our new EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans, in his discussions with government representatives, legislators, business and think-tanks about the future of ASEAN-EU...
Education matters
by Thomas Wiersing - October 31, 2019 - 12:00am
“We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning…”
Rediscovering the Philippines
by Thomas Wiersing - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am
I am somehow the new kid on the block. Well, not really new.
Creating partnerships and convergence to strengthen EU and Phl ties
by Franz Jessen - August 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Four European summers have gone by so quickly as this end of the month, as I am ending my four-year term in the Philippines.
Revisiting Cebu: An economic gateway and a business hub
by Franz Jessen - July 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Following the recent EU visit to Davao City to attend the Davao Investment Conference last month, it is now time to visit Central Visayas with EU Member States Embassies.
Promising trade prospects for EU and Southern Philippines
by Franz Jessen - June 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Since the beginning, the Duterte administration has been vocal about its agenda of rural and regional economic development. And the European Union is one with the Philippine Government in this agenda especially in...
Europe Day 2019
by Franz Jessen - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am
It is a great honour for me to host my 4th and last Europe Day reception in the Philippines.
Promoting energy efficiency in the Philippines
by Franz Jessen - April 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Ever since I became a desk officer for ASEAN and until now that I am ambassador for the EU in Manila, I have been amazed at the number of buildings which mushroomed in Metropolitan Manila.
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