About: EU-Africa relations

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".
EU-Africa 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).
EU-Africa 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.
EU-Africa 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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Europe 29-06-2020

‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.
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 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.
EU-Africa 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.
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. 
EU-Africa 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.
Global Europe 03-01-2020

‘Geopolitical’ Europe could struggle to take shape in troublesome 2020

Among the many foreign policy challenges facing the EU in 2020, the main theme will be how to assert itself on the world stage against China, the US and Russia, while upholding multilateralism and at least a semblance of global order.
EU-Africa 03-12-2019

Africa relations are ‘not equal’, leaders warn EU

As the field of competitors for investing in Africa becomes more crowded, the EU will have to quickly improve its offer. The challenge for Ursula von der Leyen's new European Commission will be to turn the so-called ‘partnership of equals’ promised by her predecessor into something concrete.
Politics 26-11-2019

African migration is a ‘generational’ issue, say UN officials

The raw numbers of migrants may have fallen, but the migration of many African youth to Europe is set to continue. That is the message from top officials in the UN Development Programme.
EU-Africa 06-11-2019

Africa offers a test to von der Leyen’s ‘geopolitical Commission’

The field competing for influence in Africa is becoming increasingly crowded. Under Ursula von der Leyen, who has billed her new European Commission as a ‘geopolitical Commission’, the EU will have to improve its offer to African leaders, and quickly.
EU-Africa 31-10-2019

EU countries to give Sudan €466 million in grants, aid

European Union countries will give Sudan €466 million in grants and humanitarian aid, the state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday (30 October) after an EU delegation met Sudan's foreign minister in Khartoum.
EU-Africa 02-10-2019

EU launches talks on new African trade pact

The European Commission announced on Wednesday (2 October) the launch of negotiations with the five-nation Eastern and Southern African community on a new wide-ranging trade agreement.
EU-Africa 16-09-2019

No reset on EU-Africa relations under von der Leyen

Speculation that Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen could appoint a Commissioner specifically for Africa turned out to be much ado about almost nothing, if her team of Commission nominees unveiled last week is anything to go by.
Global Europe 01-07-2019

Morocco moves closer to ‘privileged’ partnership with EU

Morocco has moved closer to its goal of obtaining a ‘privileged relationship with the EU’ following successful talks between foreign minister Nasser Bourita and the EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.
Development Policy 08-02-2019

Cotonou successor: EU-Africa relations at the crossroads

Negotiators are hoping to break the back on talks for the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in May 2020, between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
EU-Africa 08-11-2018

Mogherini: Europe and Africa can change global politics in a ‘revolutionary’ way

A new model of collaboration between the EU and Africa can change today’s dangerous turn of international relations, which have moved from “win-win” solutions and are now based on “zero-sum” games, EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said.
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