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Dossier: The changing relations between Europe and North Africa

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This dossier brings together all our work on North Africa and Europe relations over the past years. Would you like to know more, or would you like to partner with us? Get in touch with Faten Aggad-Clerx via fa@ecdpm.org, or one of the other team members listed on this page.

North Africa is undoubtedly one of the most important partners of the European Union, and vice versa. The relationship is multi-faceted and aims to satisfy the needs of both partners in areas such as regional stability, trade and investment, and cultural exchanges.

But in order to do that, there needs to be a good understanding of the rapidly changing dynamics and the interests of the governmental, private and civil society actors in North Africa and Europe.

As a non-partisan ‘think and do tank’, ECDPM aims to bring these different actors together, highlight the different perspectives from both Europe and North Africa, and stimulate dialogue on issues of common concern.

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Our work on North Africa and Europe relations


After 2010, the wave of revolutionary Arab Spring events spread out through most North African countries. But countries followed different paths, and while some are undergoing an arguably successful transition, others remain unstable and continue to struggle with deeply rooted socio-economic, political and ideological differences.

The EU is still to define a coherent set of policies towards North Africa – one that successfully combines geopolitical interests with a thorough understanding of the complex local dynamics and demands.

That understanding goes both ways. For a more modern partnership between the two regions, it is essential that actors understand each other’s history, societal dynamics and political and economic interests. ECDPM hopes to contribute to that.

We aim to bring the different actors together, help stimulate dialogue on the essential elements that can facilitate the construction of strategic partnerships. Through our policy-oriented research we hope to shed more light on the power relations at play, as well as the political and economic interests and incentives that prevent or drive change. We also focus on informing European policies that aim to provide support in the region, to help make these more realistic, practical, and strategic.

We engage in different policy areas and economic sectors, which we believe is critical. This is informed by our understanding that the Arab Spring in North Africa had a political character, but was at heart fuelled by socio-economic demands.


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Blogs and publications


Egypt under the spotlight: can it be a safe third country?
Tasnim Abderrahim and Anna Knoll, 17 March 2017
ECDPM Talking Points blog

EU-Tunisia cooperation on migration: conflicting agendas?
Tasnim Abderrahim and Anna Knoll, 15 March 2017
ECDPM Talking Points blog

The EU’s migration cooperation with North Africa: will the carrot and stick approach work?
Tasnim Abderrahim and Anna Knoll, 10 March 2017
ECDPM Talking Points blog

Is the Nile Basin Initiative a ‘regional sailboat’ in choppy geopolitical waters?
Bruce Byiers, 3 March 2017
ECDPM Talking Points blog

Tunisia’s new law: another step towards local democracy
Tasnim Abderrahim, 3 February 2017
ECDPM Talking Points blog

Jemna: The challenge of local empowerment in the Tunisian hinterland
Tasnim Abderrahim, 10 November 2016
ECDPM Talking Points blog

Tackling regional inequalities in Tunisia
Alfonso Medinilla Aldana and Sahra El Fassi, April 2016
ECDPM Briefing Note 84

The Arab Spring, an ‘unfinished revolution’ in Tunisia’s regions
Sahra El Fassi and Alfonso Medinilla Aldana, 1 April 2016
ECDPM Talking Points blog

A balancing act: EU’s development and commercial goals in North Africa
Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, 11 March 2016
ECDPM Talking Points blog

A pragmatic review of the European Neighbourhood Policy that leaves some key dilemmas untackled
Greta Galeazzi, 17 December 2015

ECDPM Talking Points blog

Towards a new European Neighborhood Policy
ECDPM, 8 July 2015

ECDPM contribution to the EU consultation process – input concerns mainly North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East

Preparatory Action: Culture in EU External Relations – Libya Context Note
Greta Galeazzi, September 2014

European Commission report

Preparatory Action: Culture in EU External Relations – Morocco Country Report
Damien Helly, April 2014

European Commission report

Preparatory Action: Culture in EU External Relations – Tunisia Country Report
Damien Helly, March 2014

European Commission report

Preparatory Action: Culture in EU External Relations – Egypt Country Report
Damien Helly, March 2014

European Commission report

Preparatory Action: Culture in EU External Relations – Algeria Country Report
Damien Helly, March 2014

European Commission report

Les relations Afrique-Europe en Afrique du Nord-Ouest et des stratégies régionales pour le Sahel
Damien Helly and Sahra El Fassi, 5 September 2013
ECDPM podcast

Natural resources: a key challenge in regional integration of the Middle East and North Africa Region
Céline Carrère, Julien Gourdon and Marcelo Olarreaga, November 2012

Article in ECDPM GREAT Insights magazine

Partnership, not parenthood as a basis for Europe’s relations with a new Egypt
Anthony Zielicki, 19 July 2012

ECDPM Talking Points blog

Southern Mediterranean NGOs and the quest for a new social contract in the region
Nicola Tissi, 22 June 2012

ECDPM Talking Points blog

SPRING programme 9 months on: time for much needed stock taking
Nicola Tissi, 8 June 2012

ECDPM Talking Points blog

Power to the people? Reaction to EU response to the Arab Spring
Jamie Balfour-Paul, 9 March 2012

ECDPM Talking Points blog

Democratic Transitions and the EU ‘Deep and Comprehensive FTAs’ with MENA countries: a possible backlash?
Kinda Mohamadieh, March 2012

Article in ECDPM GREAT Insights magazine

Trade for change: EU trade and investment strategy for the Southern Mediterranean following the Arab spring revolutions
Niccolò Rinaldi, March 2012

Article in ECDPM GREAT Insights magazine

Chinese investments and employment creation in Algeria and Egypt
Chris Alden and Faten Aggad-Clerx, 1 February 2012

ECDPM publication

EU support to democracy: a new Endowment first, a strategy to follow?
Alisa Herrero Cangas, 27 January 2012

ECDPM Talking Points blog

“Revolutions need to come from inside but transitions can do with support from outside” – So, what is the EU offering?
Alisa Herrero Cangas and Faten Aggad-Clerx, 13 January 2012

ECDPM Talking Points blog

Is the EU’s new SPRING programme so new? Commentary on the EU’s new package for North Africa
Faten Aggad-Clerx, 30 September 2011

ECDPM Talking Points blog

EU support to governance in North Africa: the limits
Faten Aggad-Clerx, 18 March 2011

ECDPM Talking Points blog

The European Union’s Political and Development Response to Sudan
Terhi Lehtinen, 1 July 2001

ECDPM publication


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