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Juncker criticises lack of solidarity with Africa
"Solidarity cannot be exclusively intra-European," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg [#SOTEU].

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa
"'You can make miracles in Africa by investing small amounts of money in digitalisation', said Ansip."

The EU's militarisation of development aid
"For the first time, it will be possible to use it for military purposes, especially in African countries plagued by instability."

Report: EU capacity to promote `values' in the developing world declining
"a result of "trade-offs" between the Union's self-interest in the context of the refugee crisis and founding principles of poverty eradication and partnership with the ACP countries."

Yash Tandon | Revival of the ACP group to negotiate with the EU: Hopes & Challenges

On 3 April 2017, the secretariat of 79 countries from ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) issued a statement saying they would "speak with one voice" to negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).

This is an exciting development.  In this piece I think through some of the critical issues, and possible strategy and tactics to help bring this promise of ACP unity to fruition.

Why Europe is desperate to sign EPA?



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
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