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Better neighbors

Colleague: The European Commission traveled to Ethiopia in February with a large cast to the African Union.

A close relationship with Africa is likely to be a major concern of the EU Commission that started in late 2019. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has already visited the headquarters of the African Union in Ethiopia twice; in February she even took numerous EU commissioners to Addis Ababa. A symbolic handshake was followed by the announcement of a new one in March EU-Africa strategy. The EU wants to move away from the classic donor-recipient relationship towards an equal partnership that focuses on economic and political interests. Five areas of cooperation have been defined: climate protection, sustainability, digitization, peace and security, and migration and mobility. The details are to be worked out together in the coming months. To what extent the EU would like to define its partnership offer beyond the big question of migration will become clear in autumn: Then the new strategy will be decided at an EU-Africa summit.

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