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General elections in Nigeria: EU support for democracy in Africa’s most populous country

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation, prepares to hold general elections on 16 February 2019 in an environment characterised by a struggling economy and a volatile security situation. After the first peaceful change of power following the 2015 elections, upcoming elections are expected to be tightly contested. Continue reading

EPRS Event: Europe’s challenges in 2019: Ten issues to watch

How can collective intelligence help tackle social inequalities? What is Europe’s role in the current trade wars? How can the EU27 move forward? These questions and many more were discussed during the EPRS roundtable discussion ‘Europe’s challenges in 2019’ following the publication of the third edition of the annual EPRS ‘Ten issues to watch’. After … Continue reading

Ten issues to watch in 2019

This annual publication offers up-to-date insight from policy analysts in the European Parliamentary Research Service on ten key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the European Union (EU) in 2019. Continue reading

The migration challenge [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Next week, European Union Heads of State or Government will discuss the politically charged issue of reforming the EU’s migration and asylum policies. Divisions among EU members over how to handle migrants were exposed again earlier this month when Italy’s new government tightened its migration policy, while the German ruling coalition faced a potentially destabilising rift over the issue. Continue reading

Migration [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Union’s southern borders remain under pressure from irregular migrants escaping poverty and war in the Middle East and Africa. The 2016 agreement between the EU and Turkey significantly slowed the influx to Europe through Greece of people escaping the war in Syria. Continue reading

High-level conference: Towards a renewed partnership with Africa [Topical Digest]

For ten years, the African Union and the EU have shared a common strategy (JAES, Joint Africa-EU Strategy) on several global challenges, such as migration, security issues and climate change. Continue reading

The EU and Africa [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) will hold their fifth summit on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with the aim of strengthening political and economic relations between the two continents. Continue reading

New priorities for EU–Africa cooperation [Plenary Podcast]

As the EU and Africa prepare to redefine their priorities for cooperation under the framework of the Africa-EU Joint Strategy adopted ten years ago, the European Parliament will debate, during the first November plenary session, a resolution outlining its position on the issue, ahead of the EU-Africa summit scheduled for the end of November. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, October I 2017

The adoption of Parliament’s resolution on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations was one of the main points of the October I plenary session, as was a debate on the constitution, rule of law and fundamental rights in Spain. Other subjects debated during the week included the cancellation of flights by Ryanair, the forthcoming COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, the situation in Moldova and breaches of human rights in Africa, Ukraine and the Maldives. Continue reading

EU security strategy in the Sahel

Written by Eric Pichon, [last update : 17 June 2016] The Sahel, a band of desert stretching across Africa – from Senegal in the West to Eritrea in the East, is a crisis-shaken region where frontiers blur. Poverty and the fragility of state infrastructures have given free rein to parallel powers, militias, arms-runners and drug dealers. Added … Continue reading

Being a LGBTI person in African countries

More than 4 African countries out of 5 of have laws criminalizing homosexuality, or even punishing LGBTI* rights advocacy. In 2014 tougher laws were passed in Nigeria, Gambia and Uganda, which followed in the steps of Liberia’s criminalisation of homosexuality in 2012. Continue reading

European Union relations with Africa

Written by Marc Hall with Clare Ferguson, EU-Africa relations, based on the Cotonou Agreement and the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy, are centred on the promotion of peace and security on the continent. Activities include dialogue on policies including human rights issues such as women’s empowerment, decent work and social protection, the position of LGBT people, … Continue reading

Nigeria: democratic and economic progress among growing challenges

Written by Ionel Zamfir, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, its largest economy and a major regional actor, is continuing its democratic progress started in 1999. But numerous security threats and social problems, combined with an unfavourable economic context, are putting this young, dynamic and highly diverse nation under increasing pressure. The Spring 2015 elections followed … Continue reading

The EU and Africa [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Relations between Africa and the European Union are governed by partially overlapping policy frameworks. The most important ones are the EU-ACP Cotonou Agreement from 2000 and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) agreed in 2007. These agreements include political, economic and development dimensions. Relations with Northern African countries are governed by the … Continue reading

Africa’s economic growth: Taking off or slowing down?

Written by Ionel Zamfir Over the past 15 years, most countries in Africa experienced sustained economic growth, with growth rates often exceeding 5% per year. This has inspired much optimism about the region’s prospects to finally leave poverty and under-development behind. However, the general economic context is now turning less favourable, with growth slowing down, … Continue reading

EU–Africa Summit on Migration: Valletta, 11-12 November 2015

Written by Alexandra Gatto With the aim of responding to the increased challenge of migration across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Council called for an international summit to discuss migration issues with African states and other key countries. The meeting, which takes place on 11 and 12 November 2015 in Valletta (Malta), will discuss means … Continue reading

EU Commissioners meet their African counterparts

Written by Ionel Zamfir On 22 April 2015, the Colleges of the African Union Commission and the European Commission will come together in Brussels for their seventh annual meeting. Such meetings are held regularly, on an alternating basis in Brussels and Addis Ababa, to provide political assistance to the Africa-EU Partnership. The African Union Commission … Continue reading

African-led counter-terrorism measures against Boko Haram

Written by Ionel Zamfir The latest developments resulting from the terrorist actions of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region have led the African Union’s Peace and Security Council to adopt a formal framework to make the multinational joint task force operational. It is expected that the UN Security Council will also back this initiative. … Continue reading

The European Union’s response to Ebola

Written by Marie Lecerf A number of West African countries are currently experiencing the worst Ebola epidemic in history. As the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly, the European Commission has stepped up its response since March 2014 and is now pledging more than €147 million in response to the devastating human, sanitary, economic and political … Continue reading

EU’s response to the Ebola outbreak

The first identified outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever Ebola took place in 1976. Almost 40 years later there is no approved drug or medical treatment to cure this dangerous disease. The new Ebola epidemic that begun in March this year is spreading through West African countries and local and international medical efforts are proving insufficient … Continue reading

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