Yingluck’s European tour: Strictly business as usual

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 23, 2012 Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited Germany and France last week, her first visit to Europe since she took office a year ago. While the trip was primarily aimed at improving economic ties and regaining confidence among investors from the two most important economies in the … More Yingluck’s European tour: Strictly business as usual

Thai delegation examines alternatives to nuclear power in Germany

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 5, 2012 Note: This article was originally published in German on February 9, 2012 and written for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the political foundation affiliated to German Green Party. The Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011 has raised doubts over the security and reliability of nuclear power once again … More Thai delegation examines alternatives to nuclear power in Germany

Now Germany and soon Japan: More countries let Thaksin back in

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 15, 2011 We all know Thailand’s ex-prime minister and on-the-run fugitive, Thaksin Shinawatra, is pretty busy traveling the world ever since he’s out of Thailand. When he’s not at his new home base in Dubai, he mostly goes on business trips, for example in Uganda. But the list … More Now Germany and soon Japan: More countries let Thaksin back in

Thai govt pays €38m to Walter Bau, gets royal plane back

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 10, 2011 Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday night: A court in Germany has released the Boeing 737 seized from HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday. Mr Abhisit told reporters the government has posted the full 38 million euros demanded by Walter … More Thai govt pays €38m to Walter Bau, gets royal plane back

Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VII: Kasit’s last rant

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 2, 2011 “Tongue-Thai’ed!” encapsulates the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. Outgoing Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya has been one of the most vocal, … More Tongue-Thai’ed! Part VII: Kasit’s last rant

Conservative German MPs help Thaksin enter Germany again

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 24, 2011 The Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper reports that former fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is allowed to enter Germany again. Some excerpts from the newspaper: Thaksin Shinawatra can enter Germany again. The entry ban against Thaksin, in effect since 2006, has been already revoked on July 15 … More Conservative German MPs help Thaksin enter Germany again

Thai Navy plans to buy submarines from Germany

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 23, 2011 The Bangkok Post reports The Royal Thai Navy wants to buy two second-hand submarines at a cost of 6-7 billion baht [$195m – $228m].  […] The specifications of the submarines have not been determined but the navy is expected to buy them from European suppliers, probably … More Thai Navy plans to buy submarines from Germany