The EU wants to pay for military equipment, including lethal weaponry, for partner countries in crisis zones such as Africa's Sahel region as part of a €10.5-billion "peace facility" launched on Wednesday (13 June).
European leaders will Friday give a financial boost to a joint African force tackling jihadists in the Sahel at an international conference in Brussels, as fresh violence highlights the region's fraught security situation.
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.
A panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum highlighted the experience of West Africa in the common management of the water resources over a large area and progress in improving cooperation in an even larger Central Asia.
Suspected jihadists killed at least 17 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the communications minister said, as security forces sought to free people still trapped inside today (14 August).
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (2 July) threw his weight behind a planned Sahel force to fight jihadists on a lightning visit to Mali but told countries in the region their efforts had to bear fruit.
A failure on domestic issues, but a success on security. Or at least more so. As the second and final round of the French presidential elections is about to take place, Christian Lequesne spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia about François Hollande's legacy.
France backs efforts by West African states to boost security in the Sahel region, including a plan for a 5,000-strong multinational force to combat Islamist fighters, its foreign minister said yesterday (6 April).
Attempts by the EU to help sub-Saharan African nations increase their rate of tax collection are flawed by a string of weaknesses in implementation, an in-depth study by auditors found yesterday (28 February).
The European Union on Sunday (11 December) signed an agreement with the Malian government aimed at enabling the return of migrants who have reached Europe's shores, and whose asylum requests have been refused
The EU's Migration Partnership Framework is meant to help third countries better deal with irregular migration and, hopefully, save people from making the often fatal journey across the Med. Solon Ardittis argues that it is too early to have the knives out for the plan already.
Extending the Turkish "cash for migrants" scheme to five African countries will mark a turning point for European aid policy, which has previously been dependent on the principles of democracy and human rights. EURACTIV France reports.
European Union leaders agreed on Thursday (20 October) to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating their success in halting inflows from Turkey over the past year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent three day tour of Africa has been greeted with mixed signals. Political leaders, academics and policy makers are divided on whether it added any value to the continent. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will embark on Sunday (9 October) on a visit to three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem a migrant influx to Europe.
In the State of the Union speech he delivered today (14 September), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed new powers for the EU foreign affairs chief, and the start of a real defence effort, compatible with NATO.
Strict aid accounting rules mean the international community is reluctant to finance security operations in Africa's troubled Sahel region, leaving France all but alone in tackling this sensitive issue. EURACTIV France reports.
The EU has made significant funds available for a migration partnership with African countries, so that asylum seekers can be intercepted before they reach the bloc's external borders. EURACTIV Germany reports.