Dr. Natthanan Kunnamas, the Jean Monnet Chair and the director of Centre for European Studies at EU Chulalongkorn University expresses her view on the revitalisation of ties between Thailand and the EU.

ผศ. ดร. ณัฐนันท์ คุณมาศ Jean Monnet Chair Professor และผู้อำนวยการศูนย์ยุโรปศึกษาแห่งจุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย ให้สัมภาษณ์เกี่ยวกับการกระชับสายสัมพันธ์ระหว่างรัฐบาลไทยและสหภาพยุโรป

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The new ambassador and head of the EU delegation has just unofficially moved to Thailand, while the EU foreign policy is also leaning towards political pragmatism rather than its previous focus on humanitarian values, Natthanan said.

Driven by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the new approach tended to make the EU “realise that what they think is universal is sometimes not welcomed by host countries”, she said.

This did not mean that the EU would contradict its own values, but negotiations would not be “much as hardline as before”.

“The EU has combined development aid with political aid already. Thus this new approach of negotiations is interesting,” she added.

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