EU-Africa

21-10-2020

Top EU diplomat condemns Nigeria protest killings

The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday (21 October) condemned the killing of protesters demonstrating against police brutality in Nigeria, and called for justice.
Botswana 21-10-2020

New EU-Africa pact must deepen trade ties, minister says

The EU and African Union must use a new ‘strategic partnership’ to deepen their trade and investment relations, participants agreed during a EURACTIV event focusing on what is likely to emerge from discussions between the two blocs.
20-10-2020

EU hails US plan to remove Sudan from terror blacklist

The EU's diplomatic chief on Monday (19 October) welcomed President Donald Trump's announcement that he is ready to remove Sudan from a US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
Botswana 15-10-2020

Transformation of African economies – The case of Botswana as a gateway to doing business in Africa

With growing infrastructure development and geographically in a central location, Botswana is seen by some as the gateway to doing business in the region, and a credible entry point to access the entire continent.
OpinionStakeholder Opinion
15-10-2020

Civil society driving change: Towards a new quality of the Africa-Europe partnership

The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have long announced their intention to establish closer cooperation. But postponing the sixth AU-EU summit, originally planned for October 2020, is yet another example of the half-hearted political relations between our...
15-10-2020

European Union agrees to help Mozambique tackle insurgency

The European Union has granted Mozambique's request for assistance in tackling a wave of attacks in the country's north by rebels with links to Islamic State, the EU delegation in the southern African country said.
13-10-2020

Close EU-Africa relations more important than ever, says Socialist group leader

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong EU-African relations, Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV as her political group launched its Africa week (13-15 October).
12-10-2020

The importance of engaging with Africa

To paraphrase the words of the American political activist Ralph Nader – if you’re not turned on to Africa, Africa will turn on you. Udo Bullmann is the S&D group Coordinator on the European Parliament’s Development Committee. Carlos Zorrinho is...
Botswana 09-10-2020

Pandemic highlights importance of EU-AU partnership

If there was any doubt about the importance of a strong relationship between Africa and the European Union they have been dispelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, says Samuel Outlule, Botswana’s ambassador to the EU and Belgium.
Botswana 29-09-2020

Africa loses $89 billion a year to illicit capital flight, UN report finds

African countries lose an estimated $88.6 billion each year, equivalent to 3.7% of the continent’s economic output, in illicit capital flight, according to the UN Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 published on Monday (28 September).
Climate change 25-09-2020

Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected

Kenya's candidate to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation pledged on Thursday to integrate climate change issues into the WTO agenda if selected.
Botswana 22-09-2020

Pandemic has derailed EU-Africa strategy, concedes Borrell

Talks on a new EU-Africa partnership have been derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, conceded on Monday (21 September), as a key summit of the two sides has been postponed until 2021.
Global Europe 09-09-2020

Ecology threats likely to send more climate refugees towards Europe by 2050

More than a billion people are at risk of being displaced by 2050 due to rapid population growth, shortage of food and water and increased exposure to natural disasters, which could lead to increased migration flows to Europe, according to a new report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
09-09-2020

Auditors call for overhaul of EU’s Africa spending

The European Court of Auditors, which monitors European Union spending, has called for an overhaul of the bloc’s development spending programmes for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) to prioritise domestic manufacturing and energy.
Botswana 04-09-2020

Countries seek removal from controversial EU ‘blacklists’

A number of countries, including Botswana, are putting pressure on the European Commission to remove them from the controversial ‘blacklists’ of tax havens and countries deemed not to be cooperating in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
Botswana 02-09-2020

Post-Cotonou deal edges closer to the finish line

The long-delayed successor to the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) community appears to be approaching the finish line with a ‘99%’ chance of success this year, according to both sides.
18-08-2020

Mali’s President detained as EU condemns attempted coup

Mali’s president and prime minister were detained by military forces on Tuesday night (18 August) in what the EU described as an attempted coup d’etat.
14-08-2020

DR Congo struggles to wipe out armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October to root out the armed groups that infest the east of the vast country. Today, the much-trumpeted campaign seems to have made only meagre gains
06-08-2020

DR Congo armed groups killed 1,300 in first half of 2020: UN

More than 1,300 people were killed in the first half of 2020 by armed groups in DR Congo, three times more than in the same period in 2019, according to a report published on Wednesday (5 August) by the United Nations.
Economy & Jobs 10-07-2020

Foreign aid to be big loser from EU budget under Michel plan

EU external and development spending is in line to be the biggest loser from next week’s crunch EU budget summit in Brussels. The blueprint outlined on Friday (10 July) by European Council President Charles Michel includes a reduction of €4.7 billion for the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument in the EU's next seven-year budget.
30-06-2020

France and Sahel leaders gather for summit on anti-jihad campaign

Leaders from five West African countries and their ally France gathered Tuesday (30 June) to take stock of a new strategy to intensify the fight against jihadist insurgents in the Sahel.
Botswana 18-06-2020

COVID-19 has posed ‘stress test’ for EU-Africa relations

The coronavirus pandemic has been a ‘stress test’ for EU-Africa relations ahead of plans for an ambitious reset of political and trade ties between the two continents this autumn.
Botswana 18-06-2020

Botswana’s virus food prep puts long-term plans on hold

“Botswana has not been spared by the wave of COVID-19,” says Jimmy Opelo, Permanent Secretary at Botswana’s agricultural ministry, who revealed how his country has had to change its tack on farm policymaking due to the pandemic.
Botswana 02-06-2020

Africa hits back against EU’s name and shame game

The question of tax avoidance and financial information exchange remains a sore point for EU-African relations, and the European Commission’s annual lists of ‘non co-operative’ countries on tax and money laundering laws have done little to improve the situation.
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