EU-Africa

11-10-2021

Two worlds, one pandemic

The response to the COVID pandemic is opening up a yawning economic divide between the world's wealthy and poor countries, particularly African nations, who lack the budgetary firepower to finance stimulus measures, writes Edwin Ikhuoria.
06-10-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE — The law vs EU diplomacy

Last week, the EU’s General Court handed the European Commission a major defeat when it struck down the EU's fisheries agreement with Morocco on the grounds that it also, illegally, covered Western Sahara.
06-10-2021

The winding road to renewed Europe-Africa partnership in post-COVID world

Once the dust of the COVID-19 crisis settles, it will be time to build a new foundation for Europe-Africa relations. As the EU searches for allies in a post-COVID world, a group of seven European think tank leaders looks at how to build a stronger Europe-Africa axis in the multilateral system.
Electricity 15-09-2021

A giant leap towards energy sustainability: The African single electricity market

Creating a single electricty market across Africa is an immmense task, but will mean cheaper, reliable and renewable electricity, increasing the number of people who have access to power, writes Johan van den Berg.
16-08-2021

Bye-bye regional implementation, hello variable geometry

The agreement between the EU and Kenya to the implement the Economic Partnership Agreement originally planned with the entire East African Community unties the Gordian knot between its supporters and opponents among African countries in the short term, but has long-term consequences beyond the divergence of tariffs towards the EU, writes Frederik Stender.
16-06-2021

Opportunity for whom: The EU-Africa partnership and sustainable energy transitions

The new EU-Africa partnership should focus on strengthening African governments and working with them on their renewable energy strategies, argues Jesse Ovadia.
15-06-2021

Africans do not yearn for Europe

The recent events in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta may have suggested otherwise, but (most of) Africa does not yearn to come to Europe, writes Oriol Puig.
Climate change 07-06-2021

Where is Sub-Saharan Africa in the race to net-zero?

African governments face more immediately pressing economic needs than zero emissions. But meeting those needs and growing the continent's economies will depend on their energy systems evolving, argues Lily Odarno.

The EU carbon tax could create a new era of trade wars

Europe's carbon border levy to increase the cost of carbon-intensive goods entering the EU could push the Global South towards less restrictive trade deals, ultimately causing more harm to the environment, writes Muhammed Magassy.
23-04-2021

Breaking the habit: a new EU approach in the Sahel

The death of Chad's strong-man president underscores the need for the EU to overhaul its strategy in the Sahel region, writes Bram Dijkstra.
14-04-2021

Africa and Europe: Like-minded partners

Trade and Investment will play a critical role in the COVID recovery and has the potential to concretise the EU’s ambitions to deepen EU-Africa partnerships, write Barry Andrews, Soraya Rodriguez, and Charles Goerens. Barry Andrews, an MEP with Renew Europe,...
Digital & Media 13-04-2021

Why the EU should pay attention to Africa’s tech sector

As the EU defines its priorities for an EU-Africa partnership, Africa's burgeoning tech sector is an obvious starting point for collaboration, argues Dan Dalton.
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01-04-2021

The EU in Africa: will Member States follow the lead?

2021 could prove to be a special year for Euro-African relations. Since last year’s agenda was essentially postponed, a lot is now on the table: a proposed new partnership, a EU-AU leaders’ summit, and the finalization of the post-Cotonou agreement....

The EU needs a new approach in the Sahel

This week's G5 Sahel meeting in Chad has underscored the urgent need for a rethink of the EU's approach to the Sahel region, write Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana and Dissan Gnoumou.

Gas can play a key role in Africa’s energy transition

Africa's new energy projects will help boost the continent's economic development, as well as its transition to cleaner energy, writes Kwaku Boakye-Adjei.
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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 30-04-2020

Towards a new Africa-Europe partnership after the Corona crisis

The EU must look beyond its borders and delivers the global leadership the coronavirus crisis demands, and shape a new partnership with its closest neighbour, Africa, in the process, argue the directors of the European Think Tanks Group.
Energy 20-04-2020

Despite controversy, the Energy Charter Treaty is silently being pushed into Africa

Joining the Energy Charter Treaty could cost developing countries money that is urgently needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, argue Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet and Faith Lumonya.
08-04-2020

COVID19 crisis reveals a need for change in EU/Africa relations

As the effects of coronavirus hit the African continent, the pandemic must mean an overhaul in EU-Africa relations, argue Marta Martinelli and Bram Dijkstra.
Coronavirus 03-04-2020

Europe must be the frontrunner to avoid Africa’s corona boomerang

It's in the EU's interest to step up humanitarian, social and economic aid and do whatever it takes to support African economies about to be hit by the coronavirus, writes Luca Jahier.