In order to sustain the present momentum in EU-India ties, both sides will have to make an extra effort to convert converging interests into concrete cooperation.
Both the European Union and its member states have talked about the importance of multilateralism and a rules-based order in their foreign policy approaches. It is time to implement this in the Indian Ocean.
As Europe diversifies its partnerships with Asia, India will be a central actor with a rising capacity to influence international politics.
The Arctic is an environmentally sensitive region, which is experiencing dramatic melting of its ice sheets. International cooperation must be the basis to mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure sustainable development in the Arctic.
In the wake of Brexit and in the present political landscape in Europe, the Netherlands seeks to become a leading voice on free trade and economic policies that will make the whole of Europe competitive again.
The India-Nordic Summit, which explored areas for practical cooperation and strategic convergence between both sides, represents a fundamentally new approach toward the relationship.
After decades of ignoring it, New Delhi now believes that a rejuvenated Commonwealth could lend greater depth to India’s global outreach.
An India that is less inhibited about trade liberalization and more open to commercial, technological, and civil society partnerships will find Nordic countries ready to accelerate its internal modernization and international rise.
As a rising power, India recognizes the Commonwealth as a valuable forum for it to redefine itself on the global stage. The Commonwealth has much to gain from India’s engagement as well.
The European Union wants to partner with key players in Asia on shaping the rules around connectivity, and provide a comprehensive response to the Belt and Road Initiative challenge.