About: North Africa

Development Policy 02-11-2018

EU lowers its ambitions on African migration control

EU leaders asked the Commission in June to study ways to set up “regional disembarkation platforms” in North African countries, for migrants rescued by European vessels in the Mediterranean. But the demand didn't last long and the EU seems to have quietly lowered its ambitions on migration-control deals with North Africa.
Development Policy 19-10-2018

Migration control still trumps African ‘partnership of equals’

Less than a month after Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union talked of the need for a ‘partnership of equals’ between Africa and the European Union, migration control was once again the main prism through which the EU views Africa...
Global Europe 03-07-2018

African leaders set up migration body, reject EU migrant ‘platforms’

African leaders have announced the creation of a new body to help coordinate national policies on migration, but rejected EU plans to set up migrant “disembarkation platforms” on their soil.
Global Europe 26-06-2018

Building a fair and prosperous space on the two shores of Mediterranean

Economic development, migration flows, social justice and cohesion, radicalisation and terrorist threats, democratic transition, and rule of law - the challenges facing the Euro-Mediterranean region are numerous and growing, writes MEP Enrique Guerrero Salom.  
Development Policy 25-04-2018

Getting serious in the Sahel

Combating Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region has united Europe and the wider international community. Most attention has been focused on the G5 Sahel joint military operation which has been tasked with combating jihadist groups in the region.
Africa 15-02-2018

Now is the time to support Tunisia’s fragile democracy

Tunisia is at a turning point, which makes now the perfect time to support its vibrant but fragile democracy and turn it into one of Europe's strongest allies in the region, write Frédérique Ries and Fulvio Martusciello.

Italian prosecutor investigating NGO rescuers says has no proof of wrongdoing

An Italian prosecutor who began an investigation into possible ties between humanitarian organisations that rescue migrants at sea and Libya-based people smugglers said on Wednesday (3 May) he had no proof of any wrongdoing.
Global Europe 07-10-2016

Western Sahara needs more from the EU

The EU must fulfil its responsibilities in accordance with international law to ensure that the Saharawi people are given the opportunity to exercise our right to self-determination, writes Mohamed Sidati.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Lawmakers slam diversion of EU aid to ‘Trust Fund for Africa’

A little under a year since its launch, the EU’s Trust Fund for Africa is largely financed with EU development money and has failed to convince MEPs. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 28-07-2016

Electrifying Africa: The challenge of the century

As the COP 22 in Marrakesh approaches, and with energy at the heart of the development and climate debate, economic actors are focusing their efforts on bringing power to the African continent. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Morocco asks for EU help in fight against ISIS

Rabat has urged Europe to help stabilise North Africa, as ISIS steps up its efforts to recruit young Moroccans through social media.

EU to train Libyan coast guard to fight refugee smuggling

The European Union agreed yesterday (23 May) to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat refugee smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.
Global Europe 19-09-2012

Creating Europe’s ‘Plan A’ for North Africa

Europeans managed a respectable initial response: they got themselves smartly on "the right side of history" during the Arab Spring. But 18 months on, there is less cause for satisfaction, say Nick Witney and Anthony Dworkin.
Europe's East 20-05-2011

Democratisation in the neighbourhood: noble declarations and unavoidable dilemmas

Katarzyna Pe?czy?ska-Na??cz analyzes the unavoidable dilemmas that prevent the EU from consistently applying its democratic values in its relations with its neighbourhood.

France-Italy border row ‘shameful race to the bottom’

A Brussels-based think-tank has slammed the way in which France and Italy are dealing with immigrants fleeing unrest in Northern Africa, labelling their actions a "shameful race to the bottom".
Med & South 25-03-2011

25 March: Freedom Day in the state of Europe’s last dictator

Today the Belarusian opposition is celebrating Freedom Day and this should be an occasion for the EU to remember its duty to promote democracy in these times of political turmoil: not just in North Africa, but also on its own doorstep, write Jacek Protasiewicz, Christofer Fjellner and Alexandr Milinkevich in this commentary.
Global Europe 17-03-2011

Decision time for EU foreign policy

The Arab upheavals present a unique opportunity for the EU, if only it can formulate a cohesive foreign policy firmly behind democratic forces, writes Tunne Kelam, an Estonian member of the European Parliament for the centre-right EPP group.
Med & South 16-03-2011

Imagining a New Mediterranean World

The upheaval in North Africa holds the possibility of a renewal of the Mediterranean Union, if Europe can overcome its obsession with Islamic fundamentalism and the 'Muslim Question', argues Mustapha Tlili of New York University.
Med & South 02-03-2011

The EU and the Mediterranean democratic awakening

When Southern and Eastern European countries rebelled against their non-democratic governments, the European Union supported their path to democracy and its influence was vital, writes Brussels-based researcher Hendrik Tiesinga, arguing that it would bring great advantages for all sides if the EU were to extend the same assistance to the Southern Mediterranean now.
Med & South 25-02-2011

How to make up with Ankara

Although France's opposition to Turkish accession creates tension in the two countries' relations, events in Southern Mediterranean offer a unique opportunity for strategic cooperation between the European Union and Turkey, writes Sinan Ülgen, a former diplomat, visiting scholar with Carnegie Europe in Brussels and president of Turkish think-tank EDAM in Istanbul.
Global Europe 10-02-2011

Time to overhaul the European Union’s role in North Africa

The relationship between North Africa and Europe has always been a special one, and the EU has developed schemes to help the economic development of the region. Without liberalising agricultural imports, this development is unlikely to succeed though, writes Sinan Ülgen of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), an Istanbul-based think-tank.