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Global Europe 14-12-2017

Migration row mars EU summit, exposes divides

EU leaders ended the first day of the end-of-year European Council summit with no sign of tensions thawing amid recent disagreements on migration, which have once again exposed divides between eastern members and 'old Europe'.

13-12-2017

Africa, Europe hope to rally support for Sahel anti-terror force

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents today (13 December), hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.

Development Policy 13-12-2017

EU and Gates Foundation pledge €500 million for innovations in agriculture

The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged on Tuesday (12 December) more than €500 million over the next three years for research and innovation in agriculture.

Development Policy 12-12-2017

Commission finally tables mandate for post-Cotonou negotiations

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (12 December) a recommendation to the Council including a long-awaited proposal for how to proceed in new trade negotiations with the countries of Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

12-12-2017

EU warns DR Congo of election funding risk over ‘harassment’

The European Union yesterday (11 December) warned Democratic Republic of Congo it would cut off help to hold elections next year if the authorities failed to end "harassment" of the opposition and civil society.

Politics 11-12-2017

Netanyahu makes appearance at EU foreign affairs meeting

Today’s (11 December) Foreign Affairs Council begins with a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the background of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalm as the capital of Israel.

07-12-2017

EU-Africa summit conclusions blocked over forced return of migrants

The issue of forced returns of migrants, as well as sexual rights, is blocking the publication of the conclusions of the EU-Africa summit, one week after the end of the debates in Abidjan. EURACTIV France reports.

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.

Development Policy 05-12-2017

Ghana’s president surprised Macron with a clear rejection of development aid

After the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, French President Emmanuel Macron visited several African states, including Ghana. Unlike other African heads of state, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a clear vision how to make his country independent from development aid. EURACTIV Germany reports.

04-12-2017

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.

EU-Africa join forces against slave trade

During an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya, 9 African countries and European member states decided to launch a joint intelligence operation to dismantle the human trafficking networks. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 30-11-2017

Bulgarian PM snubs Africa-EU summit, goes to Saudi Arabia instead

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov skipped the Africa-EU summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and went instead to Saudi Arabia, a country with which Bulgaria has an almost virgin track record of relations.

30-11-2017

Youth unemployment worries both sides at EU-Africa summit

A lack of jobs is pushing many young Africans onto the migration path to Europe, and is putting pressure on African and European leaders meeting in Abidjan at the EU-Africa summit. EURACTIV France reports. 

Development Policy 29-11-2017

EU-Africa summit seeks jobs, stability for exploding population

More than 80 African and European leaders will gather in the Ivory Coast today (29 November) to promote jobs and stability for Africa's exploding population, with some calling for a new "Marshall Plan."

UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their countries, the head of the IOM said on Tuesday (28 November).

28-11-2017

EU-Africa Summit: Merkel, Macron join forces for migration agreements with Africa

On Wednesday, the fifth EU-Africa Summit will be the first test case for acting Chancellor Angela Merkel. Together with French President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders, she intends to send a signal to the Côte d'Ivoire for much closer cooperation with the southern continent.

Development Policy 28-11-2017

Burkina Faso launches Sahel region’s largest solar power plant

West Africa's biggest solar power plant comes online on Wednesday (29 November) as Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence on its neighbours.

Development Policy 27-11-2017

Libya human bondage risks overshadowing Africa-EU summit

African leaders are expected to warn Europeans that their way of outsourcing the migration crisis to Libya, in apparent disregard for human rights, risks opening old wounds in the heavy history of the two continents.

Economy & Jobs 23-11-2017

Commission ready to boost cash support in humanitarian aid

The European Commission is aiming to boost the proportion of humanitarian aid it hands out as cash. But most payments are actually made by banking cards very similar to regular ATM cards.

Global Europe 23-11-2017

France calls urgent UN meeting over Libya slavery

France on Wednesday (22 November) called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity.

22-11-2017

Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president yesterday (21 November), finally swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.

Development Policy 21-11-2017

EU-Africa strategy: An incentive for development?

After “years of indifference” and one of the biggest waves of migration to ever hit Europe, Africa now tops the political agenda. That means a new strategy has to be found, according to the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany reports.

15-11-2017

International pressure ramps up over Liberia election delay

The European Union yesterday (14 November) joined an international chorus urging Liberian political parties and its electoral commission to end "unnecessary delays" and elect a new president.

24-10-2017

Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter Islamic State

The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.