Germany in the European Union
With its central location at the heart of today’s European Union (EU) Germany enjoys a special benefit from living in peace and harmony with its neighbors.
It is in Germany’s interest for Europe to be a vibrant continent, in economic terms as well. The integration process has proved to be a suitable basis for ensuring peace, prosperity and security.
In 1957 the signing of the Treaty of Rome on establishing a European Economic Community spelled the beginning of the success story of European integration. It focused on developing the economies of Western Europe by strengthening and deepening cooperation and promoting trade among the founder nations.
European Union in Singapore
ASEAN has the longest tradition of regional cooperation with the EU. The first Foreign Ministers Meeting took place in 1978, and in 1980 the two regional organizations formalized their relations with the signing of the EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement. Following the emergence of new cooperation structures in the late 1980s, primarily in the Trans-Pacific region, Europe also redoubled its efforts to intensify its relations with Asia in the early 1990s. In March 1996 the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was established as a dialogue process and network at summit and ministerial level and to promote exchange among experts. To preserve its informal character and function as a network, ASEM is barely institutionalized. Its only permanent physical institution is the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), which concentrates on fostering cultural, social and interpersonal exchange between Europe and Asia.