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Great Insights, Volume 6, Issue 5 (November/December 2017)

November 2017

November/December 2017

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Finding the middle ground: Is the EU changing its engagement with middle-income countries?
Mariella Di Ciommo, 6 November 2017
In one of his humorous talks, the Swedish statistician Hans Rosling shows us a beautifully designed data story on the emergence of ‘the middle’: people out of extreme poverty who however still live below acceptable standards. Across two centuries, we progressed from a poverty-ridden world to one with a big gap between the rich West and the rest.

What the Dutch iron lady has in store for Europe and Africa
Ewald Wermuth and Jeske van Seters, 30 October 2017
Sigrid Kaag has been appointed as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. The media referred to her as the Dutch iron lady in her role as head of the international mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. What can Europe and Africa expect from her in this new position?

Trade and food security in West Africa
Bruce Byiers, 30 October 2017
‘The West African economy is an informal economy. So trade facilitation is about working with informal trade’. So stated Laurent Bossard, Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign of Affairs recently. Bossard’s comment came during the presentation of SWAC’s work on cross-border cooperation and policy networks in West Africa and on West African food markets.

A message to African and European leaders: ‘More of the same is not good enough’
Geert Laporte, 23 October 2017
In a few weeks’ time, African and European leaders will gather in Abidjan for the fifth AU-EU Summit. There are plenty of important issues for them to chew on and yet, the agenda once again stays clear of the potentially controversial topics that divide both continents.




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