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Vol 55 No 7

Published 4th April 2014


Security and trade top the Euro-Africa agenda

Europe is hosting African leaders in Brussels before they head off for summits in Delhi, Beijing and Washington

Tough negotiations on trade, and peacekeeping missions for Mali and Central African Republic, will dominate the fourth EU-Africa summit in Brussels on 2-3 April. Recognising that Europe has lost much ground in its Africa diplomacy to China, India and the United States (which all host Africa summits this year), the planners of the Brussels summit are starting proceedings with two days of trade and investment meetings to resuscitate old commercial ties. Those will then be followed by some of the trickier discussions on trade, tariffs and subsidies as well as security cooperation.

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