About: Sahel

Global Europe 16-09-2021

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (15 September) that French military forces had killed Islamic militant Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

Germany, France warn Mali over Russian mercenary deal

Germany warned Mali on Wednesday (15 September) that a deal with Russian private security group Wagner would "call into question" its deployment in the West African country as part of United Nations and European Union missions.
Global Europe 14-09-2021

Deal allowing Russian mercenaries into Mali is close – sources

A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power France, seven diplomatic and security sources said.
Development Policy 03-09-2021

Ministers call for OSCE-type conference for the Mediterranean

The 2015-2016 refugee crisis must not repeat itself in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, foreign ministers of Mediterranean countries stressed at Bled Strategic Forum on Thursday (2 September), calling for more cooperation in the region.
Global Europe 23-08-2021

Borrell: EU should prepare for the next crises – Iraq, Sahel

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the chaotic international evacuation effort shows that Europe needs to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell argues.
Global Europe 31-05-2021

France threatens to pull troops out of Mali

President Emmanuel Macron warned in comments published Sunday (30 May) that France will pull its troops out of Mali if it lurches towards radical Islamism following the second coup in nine months.
Global Europe 27-05-2021

Mali president, PM resign after arrest by military junta

Mali's interim president and prime minister resigned on Wednesday (26 May), a top junta aide said, two days after they were detained and stripped of their powers in what appeared to amount to the country's second coup in nine months.
EU-Africa 28-04-2021

‘Terrorists’ kill three European journalists in Burkina Faso

Three European journalists – two Spanish and one Irish – have been killed in an attack on an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso, officials said Tuesday (27 April).
Global Europe 23-04-2021

Chad bids farewell to Deby as France and allies back his son

Chad began funeral ceremonies on Friday (23 April) for veteran ruler Idriss Deby Itno, a key figure in the fight against the Sahel's jihadist insurgency, as France and regional allies voiced backing for his son and successor, Mahamat Idriss Deby.

Germany calls for closer cooperation with France over security threats

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for closer bilateral cooperation with France in light of the tense security situation in Europe marked by the Russian "threat", the rise of China and spreading "Islamist terrorism" in the Sahel region. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Veteran Chad leader Deby dies, the military take over

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died reportedly in combat just a day after securing re-election, opening a period of uncertainty in a country that is a key strategic ally of the West in a troubled region.

French MPs: Diplomacy, military slow to address climate change as driver of armed conflict

Diplomats and armed forces have been slow to address the security consequences of climate change, a French parliament fact-finding mission concluded on Wednesday (27 January). EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 21-10-2020

UN raises $1.7 billion for hungry, displaced millions in Sahel

The United Nations raised more than $1.7 billion in pledges to fund aid efforts as UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned a "preventable tragedy is looming" in the central Sahel region.
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.
EU-Africa 31-03-2020

Europe’s role in stopping Nigeria’s ‘silent slaughter’

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Murderous attacks on Christians and ethnic minorities by the Fulani and Islamic terror groups in the northern regions of Nigeria have been going on for close to two decades, leaving more than 60,000 dead.
EU-Africa 31-03-2020

Nigerian activists seek EU backing to end nation’s ‘silent slaughter’

Dr Richard Ikiebe has led recent efforts to get international community backing to stop nearly two decades of ethnic and religious killing in Nigeria. “Now, people are listening to us”, he says.
EU-Africa 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.
EU-Africa 05-07-2019

Europe’s invisible new border

The EU has quietly outsourced migration control to countries in North Africa and the Sahel. But the human cost is high, and many migrants still remain determined to reach Europe.
EU-Africa 30-07-2018

Violence flares up as Malians vote in key election

Malians voted Sunday (29 July) in a crucial presidential election as attacks disrupted polling in areas already beset by deadly ethnic and jihadist violence.

EU relies on stability in the Sahel for its own security

“Europe’s security, and that of Spain, depend on security in the Sahel," said the EU Special Representative for the Sahel, Ángel Losada. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
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.
Development Policy 13-06-2018

France asks for more coordination between European expertise agencies

European expertise agencies, the kingpins of solidarity policy, want to work more together in order to establish themselves as true competitors in the face of United Nations agencies, especially in the field of security. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 26-02-2018

More funds for G5 Sahel after Brussels conference

The funds mobilised in support of the armed forces of the countries in the Sahel region amount to €414 million following the summit in Brussels. However the issue of securing funding on a long-term basis has not been solved.
Development Policy 23-02-2018

Security and development join forces in the Sahel

Military matters will dominate the agenda of the summit on the Sahel region in Brussels on Friday (23 February), but there will also be talks on strengthening development aid in the region. EURACTIV.fr reports.