• Global Europe

Reshaping Europe’s Africa policies

Diplomatic relations between the European Union and Africa have long been shaped by post-colonial continuity: Africa exports raw materials, and Europe sends back manufactured goods. Another key aspect is Europe’s role as a source of development assistance. A number of momentous events have led to a review of this relationship. One is the rise of China as Africa’s leading trade partner.… Read article ›

  • Global Europe

Is China contributing more than Europe to Africa’s economic future?

The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union (EU) and the People’s Republic of China. Since 2003, China and the EU have enjoyed a strategic partnership, which includes a multitude of activities in areas such as trade, international security and environment protection. The “EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation”… Read article ›

  • Global Europe

Mobilising development and climate finance requires stronger green policies

Smarter and more catalytic development assistance can help mobilise the trillions of dollars required for poverty reduction and sustainable development, according to the OECD’s new Development Co-operation Report 2014. So can slashing subsidies and raising taxes on fossil fuels, with visionary and determined national leadership, as we see in some countries. Development and climate finance… Read article ›

  • Europe in 25 years

“If it stays on that course, Europe will become geopolitically irrelevant”

Europe is on geopolitical auto-pilot, playing sidekick to America, alienating its Muslim neighbours and subsidising its own citizens rather than its needier neighbours. And if it stays on that course, it will become geopolitically irrelevant. That’s why I would propose three bold and, paradoxically, easy initiatives that Europe can take to ensure its geopolitical relevance… Read article ›