Monthly Highlights from ECDPM's Talking Points Blog, GREAT Insights, Volume 1, Issue 6 (August 2013)

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    Could Dlamini-Zuma’s election revive EU-Africa relations? Talking Points, Geert Laporte, 20 July 2012 African leaders from more than 50 countries met on 15 and 16 July for the African Union summit at the impressive Chinese-funded AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. Boosting intra-African trade was the key theme of the summit, but the election of the AU Commission (AUC) Chairperson and its new top officials dominated the largest part of the meeting. Benin’s President Yayi Boni, currently holding the rotating presidency of the African Union, had the firm intention to break the stalemate that has been dragging on since January when AU member states could not reach agreement over (...) Partnership, not parenthood as a basis for Europe’s relations with a new Egypt. Talking Points, Anthony Zielicki, 19 July 2012 ++ GUEST CONTRIBUTION ++ As EU High Representative Catherine Ashton visits Cairo this week, both Europe and Egypt will think about how they can mould a new relationship. With a newly elected Egyptian President the EU must in turn create a new framework for cooperation with the country. The last thing that Egyptians want is to be told what to do by the EU. As the Arab world’s most populous state stumbles on its path towards democracy and Europe itself struggles economically, can the EU really establish a new and mutually beneficial relationship with a (...) EU negotiates future development funding: where will the money go? Talking Points, Ulrika Kilnes, 5 July 2012 For those concerned with development and Africa, the three big questions during the EU budget negotiations are: “how much money is going to be available?”, “what is it going to be for?” and “which countries are going to get it?”. One year has passed since the EU institutions started the cycle of negotiations for its next multiannual financial framework (MFF) covering the period 2014-2020. A key round of talks took place last week. Negotiations between Member States’ ministers are mostly centred on the “big ticket items” of spending inside the EU – Cohesion Policy and (...) - This article was published in Great Insights Volume 1, Issue 6 (August 2012)
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