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F. Mogherini on the strategic importance of the EU-Africa partnership

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Thursday, 08 November 2018

F. Mogherini on the strategic importance of the EU-Africa partnership

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. Speaking at the ‘Africa Week’ conference on 7 November organised by the Socialists and Democrat group in the European Parliament (S&D), Mogherini noted that the world is facing the return to a more dangerous way of understanding global politics. “A way of interpreting international relations based not on cooperation and partnership, not on win-win solutions, but more and more often as a power game, as a zero-sum game,” Mogherini said. She said Africa has a responsibility when it comes to shaping international relations. “This not just because most of the world’s demographic growth is happening inside Africa, it is also about an idea of international relations and global politics,” she said, adding that all EU countries are aware of the strategic importance of the European-African partnership. “Look at the numbers, look at the demography, look at the richness – natural resources, of the people. You are a big global player and together, Europe and Africa, can shape the features of international relations in quite a revolutionary way,” Mogherini added. The EU foreign policy chief called for more cooperative governance of global affairs as the only effective way to deal with the challenges of our times. “Africa is experiencing on a daily basis a strengthening of its regional and sub-regional organisations that inspires many of us. It is also inspired by much of what we have done in Europe, but this is a continuous learning process in which we exchange experiences, so governance based on cooperation inside the regions and among the regions.”

Source: euractiv.com