European and Asian leaders are meeting in Milan for a two-day summit aimed at enhancing economic cooperation between the two regions.
Though talks on the sidelines of the summit between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents has stolen the spotlight, the main events will cover a diverse range of issues.
“We will discuss issues of global importance which are relevant to both Asia and Europe,” announced German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the gathered press. “Of course we will discuss economic issues, but also safe sea passage ways, and cooperation after big catastrophes such as Ebola.”
Global crises from the battle against ISIL to the conflict in Ukraine have taken their toll on European and Asian markets. Whether the recent student protests in Hong Kong will be addressed is unknown. However, China is keen to deepen its relations with the EU.