EU-Africa

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.
Global Europe 11-05-2020

Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe

Many Africans are managing to evade coronavirus lockdown barriers in Niger, the Sahel's migrant crossroads, as they press on with their perilous desert trek to the Mediterranean Sea and ultimately Europe.
Botswana 08-05-2020

We need co-ordination to avoid a food security crisis, UN expert says

Preventing the coronavirus pandemic from morphing into a food security crisis is increasingly the focus of policy-makers. “Co-ordination of trade policy is the order of the day,” says Arif Husain, chief economist of the UN's World Food Programme. “This is a global crisis which requires a global solution.”
Development Policy 29-04-2020

EU to discuss Africa debt relief

EU countries will discuss a request for debt relief from five Sahel countries as part of efforts to help them cope with coronavirus, European Council chief Charles Michel said Tuesday (28 April).
Botswana 16-04-2020

G20 agree debt relief ahead of crucial IMF spring meetings

The G20 group of leading economies agreed on Wednesday (15 April) to suspend debt payments owed to them by some of the world's poorest countries in a bid to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Botswana 08-04-2020

EU unveils €15bn COVID rescue plan, but includes no new money

The EU unveiled on Wednesday (8 April) a support package worth €15.6 billion for African and other partner countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but conceded that it includes no new money.
Development Policy 08-04-2020

EU announces €15 billion to fight virus in developing countries

The European Union is to put up €15 billion to help poor countries fight the coronavirus epidemic, the bloc's chief announced on Tuesday (7 April).
02-04-2020

‘Put aid on the table’ to halt Nigerian killing

With the biggest economy in Africa, Nigeria should be a key partner for Brussels as the EU seeks to overhaul its political and trade ties with Africa. But terrorism and insecurity that plague the country continue to be a concern.
Botswana 01-04-2020

Pressure builds for EU to back new African debt relief programme

African finance ministers want the European Union, International Monetary Fund and World Bank to support a multi-billion debt relief programme for the continent amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Botswana 20-03-2020

The last continent to face up COVID-19, Africa ‘needs to wake up’

As Europe and North American countries go into self-imposed economic and social lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Africa remains the continent least affected by the virus. Still, a raft of African governments were quick to impose travel bans on airlines carrying passengers from Europe last week.
Cities & regions 09-03-2020

EU unveils ‘partnership plans’ for new Africa strategy

Partnerships on ten policy areas are at the heart of the EU’s plan “Towards a comprehensive strategy with Africa,” launched on Monday (9 March). The paper will start a seven-month negotiating process with EU and African leaders, with a view to agreeing a partnership agenda at an EU African Union summit in October.
Botswana 06-03-2020

Post-Cotonou delays complicate EU’s new African vision

The European Commission will next week publish its EU-Africa ‘strategy’, which the bloc hopes will form the basis of a new ‘partnership’ with the African continent. EU Foreign Affairs chief Josep Borrell will launch the blueprint on Monday (9 March), kick-starting seven months of negotiation between ministers and leaders from the two continents. 
Global Europe 27-02-2020

Activists warn over slavery as Mauritania joins UN human rights council

Mauritania is backsliding in efforts to eliminate descent-based slavery, an activist and opposition member has warned, as the West African country joined the UN Human Rights Council for the first time this week.
25-02-2020

Francophone group in warning over Guinea election

The international association of French-speaking countries warned on Monday (24 over the credibility of the electoral register in Guinea's upcoming votes.
24-02-2020

‘Partnerships’ to be at heart of EU-Africa strategy, leaked paper reveals

The EU will seek to put a series of policy-themed ‘partnerships’ at the heart of its EU-Africa strategy which will be formally launched in early March, according to a leaked draft obtained by EURACTIV.
13-02-2020

Slovakia’s Lajcak tipped to be next UN envoy for Western Sahara

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who once served as the president of the UN General Assembly, is expected to be named the world body's new special envoy for disputed Western Sahara, diplomats said Wednesday (12 February).
Health 11-02-2020

The Brief – What if Coronavirus reaches Africa?

Amongst mounting concern about the coronavirus outbreak, EU health ministers will gather in Brussels on Thursday to discuss Europe’s readiness to face a potential large-scale epidemic of the virus.
Brexit 24-01-2020

Rhetoric without detail marks the UK’s scramble for Africa

The long-awaited UK-Africa investment summit, staged just days before London formally leaves the EU on 31 January, left little to be remembered by. In keeping with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s style, the two-day event was long on optimistic rhetoric but decidedly thin on details
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).

Portuguese authorities start taking the ‘Luanda Leaks’ seriously

Portuguese authorities said on Monday (20 January) they had started looking into media leaks concerning Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, while a small bank said it had decided to put an end to commercial relationship with entities controlled by dos Santos.
20-01-2020

UK PM Johnson seeks post-Brexit deals at Africa summit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets 16 African leaders at an investment summit Monday (20 January) that will see Britain cast out a net for trading partners in its new life outside the EU.

French forces face military trap in Sahel region

Operation Barkhane was supposed to be France’s contribution to ridding jihadists from the Sahel region, one of its main spheres of influence in Africa. But instead, President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly isolated – both in Africa and in Europe.
13-01-2020

Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
Health 06-01-2020

Hoffenheim on tree-planting mission in Uganda

Football club 1899 Hoffenheim is planting trees in Uganda to help protect the environment. In the past, sustainability in football meant switching off the stadium lights in the evening, but many clubs are now breaking new ground.
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