Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting France and Germany this week, but a trip to Brussels is off the agenda. An EU-India summit was originally planned for April but was cancelled at the last minute because the Indian government said it could not get confirmation of the dates. For its part, the European Commission says that the summit was scrapped because of “logistical reasons”.
EU officials have denied that the cancellation was because of a diplomatic row between India and Italy over two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen, but the case has definitely soured relations. India’s relationship with Germany is also testy at the moment, with Modi’s trip officially focused on inaugurating the Hanover trade fair instead of being a “full-fledged bilateral visit”.
To get a reaction about EU-India relations, we recently spoke to Neelam Deo, Director of our partner think tank, Gateway House. What does Europe’s relationship with India look like currently, for instance when looking at international fora such as the WTO, G20 and UN?
To get another response, we also spoke to João Cravinho, Head of the EU Delegation to India. What would he say?
We also asked Neelam Deo how India and Europe can strengthen their relationship, particularly in regards to cooperation on global governance issues such as trade, security and climate change:
Finally, we put the same question to João Cravinho. How can Europe avoid a cooling of relations with India, and strengthen the relationship in future without compromising on its core values?
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