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04/05/2016

World Bank: ‘We’re worried about Africa’s commodity exporters’

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Global Europe 26-04-2016

Burundi general killed as ICC opens probe into atrocities

A top Tutsi general was gunned down in Burundi yesterday (25 April), the latest bloodshed in a year of violent political turmoil that has now prompted a preliminary probe by international prosecutors into a litany of atrocities.
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Agriculture & Food 20-04-2016

Africa’s farming potential hinges on infrastructure boost

SPECIAL REPORT / Africa’s huge agricultural potential holds the promise of covering much of the planet’s nutrition needs. But the continent is hampered by lack of infrastructure and intricate local politics.
Global Europe 19-04-2016

Mogherini demands investigation into fate of Gambia opposition activist

The EU foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, has demanded an urgent investigation from the Gambian authorities after a leading opposition activist was arrested – with Amnesty International reporting he has already died in police custody.
Global Europe 18-04-2016

EU to discuss 'concrete' support in video-link with Libya

European Union ministers will discuss "concrete" economic and security projects to back Libya's new unity government as a bulwark against Islamic State group and migrant surges to Europe.
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Development Policy 14-04-2016

EU looks to confirm aid as a lever on human rights issues

SPECIAL REPORT / For over 20 years, the EU has used development assistance as a lever to advance the cause of human rights. But with the current cooperation framework soon to expire, the future of aid conditionality looks uncertain. EurActiv France reports.
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Development Policy 13-04-2016

EU aid in the Horn of Africa

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe's action in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region provides a telling example of the challenges international donours face when trying to link emergency assistance with long-term development aid.
Development Policy 04-04-2016

EU: Supporting the Ethiopian people now, and over the long term

Ethiopia is being hit hard by one the most severe El Niño phenomenon on record. Numbers speak for themselves – in the past year, the number of food insecure people has increased from 2.9 million to over 10 million at present, write Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides.
Global Europe 01-04-2016

EU countries must not weaken plan to stop conflict minerals trade

It is a sobering fact that your smart phone might contain conflict minerals. Even more so that EU member states are in the process of scaling back proposals that can help stop this, writes Léonard Santedi.
Global Europe 26-03-2016

Europe’s African challenge: Engage or lose influence

By European standards, last week’s elections in Congo-Brazzaville were not clean. This came as no surprise. Congo-Brazzaville has only had one genuine election, in 1992.
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Global Europe 25-03-2016

Opposition cries foul after Congo’s Sassou claims new five year term

SPECIAL REPORT / Denis Sassou Nguesso has been elected for a new five year term as President of Congo-Brazzaville, after being declared the victor in Sunday’s presidential election.
Global Europe 25-03-2016

EU readies for massive migration flows from Libya

EU leaders will discuss the critical situation in Libya and potential waves of immigrants trying to reach Europe on 18 April, EurActiv Greece has been informed.
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Global Europe 20-03-2016

Congo goes to vote, questions remain on the nascent democracy

SPECIAL REPORT / Election analysts and surveys suggest that President Denis Sassou Nguesso will claim between 60-70% of the vote in the first round of elections on Sunday (20 March). Is Sassou’s likely victory a triumph or defeat for Congolese democracy?


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Development Policy 19-03-2016

As elections near, Congo seeks to diversify its economy beyond oil

SPECIAL REPORT / Like many of its sub-Saharan African neighbours, the Republic of Congo is a country of oil price fuelled boom and bust. But the future is away from oil.
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Global Europe 18-03-2016

Congo’s Nguesso set to extend presidency, despite international concern

SPECIAL REPORT / Denis Sassou Nguesso is widely expected to extend his nineteen-year grip on the Congolese presidency during elections on Sunday (20 March), despite international concerns about the fairness and transparency of the poll.
Global Europe 14-03-2016

EU suspends Burundi government aid over violence

The European Union, strife-torn Burundi's biggest aid donor, on Monday suspended all direct funding to the government for failing to meet EU concerns over its human rights record.
Global Europe 14-03-2016

Elections in the Republic of Congo

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This week, EurActiv reports on the elections in the Republic of Congo. President Denis Sassou Nguesso is seeking to extend his long-ruling presidency in polls on Sunday (20 March). This Special Report is also available in French (lien vers EurActiv.fr).

Global Europe 11-03-2016

Three questions on the draft EU-Turkey agreement on Syrian refugees

Potentially a 'momentous' deal, argues Solon Ardittis, but the EU-Turkey agreement on a refugee swap  must pass some serious legal hurdles first.
Agriculture & Food 10-03-2016

Dependence on food imports threatens developing countries, report finds

Extreme weather and restrictive export policies could create a food crisis that would threaten 200 million people worldwide, a study has shown. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 08-03-2016

French Socialists say Congo election must be deferred after intimidation

France's ruling party has called for a postponement of the 20 March elections in Congo, saying long-time leader Denis Sassou Nguessou was intimidating opponents and stifling democracy.
Development Policy 05-02-2016

Development is geopolitical

Changing geopolitics has progressively eroded the foundations of the ACP-EU partnership and the bargaining power of both the EU and the ACP Group, writes Rhys Williams.
Development Policy 28-01-2016

With Africa, the EU must be a player, not just a payer

The biggest challenge in the effort to deal with the migrant crisis at its root is to transform the donor-beneficiary relationship into a win-win relationship, writes Mariya Gabriel.

Commission mulls ‘Juncker Plan’ for the EU’s southern neighbours

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is considering a ‘Juncker Plan’ to support the Southern Mediterranean region, in order to cut the high number of refugees arriving in Europe, the First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told EurActiv.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

Another tough year ahead for the EU

If the EU can overcome its many internal problems in 2016, especially the refugee and UK issues, then it will be able to make a greater impact in the external field, writes Fraser Cameron.
Development Policy 12-01-2016

World Bank: 'We're worried about Africa's commodity exporters'

This week, the World Bank published its annual Global Economic Prospects, forecasting a modest 2.9% growth in the world economy, after a disappointing 2.4% last year fell below expectations. But the message for Africa was more nuanced - and more worrying.