In the first nine years, ASEAN's efforts were mainly to get to know each other and to learn how to co-operate with each other. It was also a time to develop a consensus on strategic views about the region, because there were real differences among the members. Among the member countries, only Indonesia was genuinely non-aligned with a foreign power.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the most successful regional grouping in the developing world. The EU, on the other hand is considered the most successful regional grouping in the developed world and is different from ASEAN on matters of enlarged membership and economic integration.
It is known that the ASEAN and EU countries have historical links through colonial ties. Currently, they engage on various levels of cooperation and for various reasons. Even though some ASEAN members had been linked historically through colonial ties, the relationship between ASEAN and the EU are clearly not as strong as with Japan and the United States. Numerous reasons may account for this such as bureaucratic processes, diverse cultures, and internal inte