EU-Africa

22-01-2021

African trade pact offers chance to kickstart UK trade ties

The new African Continental Free Trade Area is a chance to kickstart trade between the UK and Africa, delegates told a UK-Africa investment summit this week.
11-01-2021

Forget Brexit, the most important trade deal in 2021 is in Africa

While the UK splinters away from the European Union, Africa is uniting under a landmark free trade agreement, making it one of the largest since the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), writes Debisi Araba.
08-01-2021

Partnership with a purpose: EU-Africa relations in 2021

The EU’s plans to strike a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa were one the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the European Commission set out its stall in a March 2020 strategic paper, summits were cancelled and it is unclear whether EU and African Union leaders will agree on an agenda with the ambition needed for a genuine ‘strategic partnership’ this year.
Politics 04-01-2021

PM Costa: Blocking EU-China deal because of the US would be a ‘terrible sign’

Europe must be an autonomous global actor and it would be “a terrible sign” if the EU blocked a recently concluded investment agreement with China in order to coordinate with Washington, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa told EURACTIV’s partner Lusa in an exclusive interview.
18-12-2020

Time for a global Green New Deal

The EU needs a ‘global’ Green New Deal that ends the West's hypocritical relationship with overseas fossil fuel investment, writes Muhammad Magassy.
The European Parliament is to test a biometric attendance register for MEPs taking part in meetings at its Brussels premises, internal documents seen by EURACTIV reveal learned.
Global Europe 16-12-2020

Polisario suffers setback as EU Parliament group leader resigns over ceasefire

The campaign for Western Saharan independence has suffered another diplomatic blow after the head of the European Parliament’s group on Western Sahara resigned, accusing the pro-independence Frente Polisario of committing ‘a serious strategic error’ by ending a 30-year ceasefire with Morocco.
Agrifood 15-12-2020

EU and Africa step up co-operation on agri-business amid pandemic

When the European Commission and African Union set up a joint rural Africa taskforce in May 2018, their priorities were to promote African food security, climate change adaption and investment in the continent’s agri-business. Its work towards those aims in African agri-business has been accelerated this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Europe 15-12-2020

US takes Sudan off sponsors of terror blacklist

The United States on Monday (14 December) removed Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist and declared a "fundamental change" in relations, less than two months after the Arab nation pledged to normalise ties with Israel.
09-12-2020

African leaders nix EU-AU summit as tensions simmer

Simmering institutional tensions between the EU and the African Union resulted in the last-minute cancellation of a ‘mini-summit’ between European Union and African leaders planned for Wednesday (9 December).
09-12-2020

Building an EU-Africa partnership of equals

The COVID-19 pandemic may have temporarily derailed plans for an EU-African partnership but it has also underscored the need for such a partnership, writes Carlos Lopes.
07-12-2020

Insecurity holds up aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, aid workers say

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is too volatile for aid to reach hundreds of thousands of civilians in need, humanitarian workers said on Sunday (6 December), amid reports of persistent fighting, looting and lawlessness.
04-12-2020

EU and ACP finalise post-Cotonou treaty, after two-year delay

Negotiators from the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific community signed off on a broad 20-year partnership deal to succeed the Cotonou Agreement on Thursday night (3 December) after nearly three years of difficult talks.
25-11-2020

African envoys head for Ethiopia where thousands of war dead reported

African Union envoys headed to Ethiopia hours before a government ultimatum was to expire for northern forces to surrender in a three-week war that has shaken the region and killed thousands of Tigrayan fighters according to one report.
23-11-2020

Ethiopia ‘alarmed and surprised’ by EU stance on Tigray conflict

Ethiopia has been “alarmed and surprised” by the EU’s equivocal stance on the conflict between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the rebel leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the country’s EU ambassador has told EURACTIV.
Botswana 16-11-2020

Tensions simmer over EU-Africa trade relations

Trade relations are likely to be at the heart of the delayed EU-Africa ‘strategic partnership’, but only if long-standing tensions can be resolved, including different views on the content and form of the future trade partnership.
Botswana 13-11-2020

EU can help us become ‘knowledge-based economy’, says minister

A partnership on digital policy with the European Union would offer Africa “a tremendous amount” but would also benefit Brussels, said Thulaganyo Segokgo, Botswana’s transport and communications minister, who wants to turn the country into "a knowledge-based economy".
13-11-2020

War crimes feared in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict

Fighting between Ethiopian government forces and rebellious northern leaders could spiral out of control and war crimes may have been committed, the United Nations said on Friday (13 November), as repercussions spread around the volatile Horn of Africa.
10-11-2020

African bloc urges ceasefire as Ethiopia claims airport in Tigray

Ethiopian troops took an airport in the Tigray region during an offensive against local leaders defying Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s authority, state media said on Tuesday (10 November), as the African Union (AU) called for an end to bloodshed.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2020

Top world trade job set for African candidate, despite Trump’s blocking tactics

Members of the World Trade Organisation are likely to appoint Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the trade body’s director general next week despite attempts by US President Donald Trump to block the former Nigerian finance minister.

Tackling the hidden cost of Europe’s chocolate habit

Chocolate is a cheap treat in Europe, but beneath the wrapper, it is mired in the bitter issues of deforestation, biodiversity loss and child labour.
29-10-2020

Borrell: EU must improve its offer to Africa to remain its ‘first partner’

The EU will need to significantly improve its offer to the African continent if it is succeed in maintaining its position as its “first partner”, the EU’s chief diplomat said on Thursday (29 October).
27-10-2020

2021 must be EU’s ‘Africa year’, says Borrell

With plans for a new EU-Africa ‘partnership’ blueprint having been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, 2021 should be “the Africa year for the European Union,” the bloc’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said during the Socialist and Democrat group’s Africa Week.
23-10-2020

EU-Africa must be a ‘fair partnership’ of equals, say NGOs

African civil society groups want to be part of drawing up a new ‘strategic partnership’ between the EU and the African Union, in a bid to overhaul a process which many believe is deeply dysfunctional.
23-10-2020

Civil society’s role at the heart of EU-Africa relations

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Civil society groups in Africa and Europe say that they have been repeatedly shut out of the process of influencing and shaping the agenda for EU-African relations. The result, they argue, is a top-down process between political leaders that is...
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