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Friday, 23 January 2015

EU-Africa Partnership: Another year lost?

The relationship between the European Union and Africa is deeply rooted in history, but has long been limited to the sole issues of trade and development cooperation through the Yaoundé and subsequent Lomé partnership agreements between the EU and the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) group of states. More honest discussions of the core interests of both continents is needed. In a multi-polar world where there is an increasing interest to engage with a more attractive African partner, the EU should clearly stress its value added vis-à-vis other potential partners. Europe and Africa still do need each other. In order to achieve goals of mutual interest, more pragmatism and stronger coherence on the European side might help to move the Africa-EU partnership into a more strategic relationship of two natural partners.

Source: isn.ethz.ch