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The Only Way is South

Earlier this week, we highlighted a tweet from the Africa News journalist Ronald Kato: “Can safely argue at this point that the recent EU-Africa summit was a waste of time. The Global Gway is dead.”

China, Africa and the War in Ukraine

With the Russian military now moving on Ukraine, the consequences of Europe's latest war are being felt around the world. Asian markets fell sharply today while oil prices shot up, crossing the $100 mark for the first time in seven years. ...

If the EU Really Wants to Challenge China in Africa, It’s Going to Have to Do Better

European leaders were all smiles on Friday at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels with their African counterparts which they hope will reset strained ties. The highlight of the summit was the announcement of a hugely ambitious $170 billion ...

The Global Gateway’s Real Challenge

With the EU-AU summit kicking off later this week in Brussels, I’ve been fielding questions from several journalists. They all kick off with one question: will the EU’s Global Gateway supplant the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa? In answering with a ...

Like It Or Not, the EU’s New Infrastructure Push in Africa is Being Framed as a Challenge to China

European Union President Ursula von der Leyen seemingly went out of her way to avoid saying the C-word during her brief two-day trip to Africa last week that included stops in Morocco and Senegal. The C-word, of course, is China. Beijing's ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What Will U.S. Diplomats Talk About Now?

After knowing for weeks that the end of Roe v Wade was coming, its official end was still a shock.

As an outsider, I worried about my American friends and the countless poor, black, brown, and LGBT+ Americans that will suffer the effects of this decision.

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EU Chief Unveils First Global Gateway Projects in Africa

It's official! The European Union's answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative is now a reality.  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the first initiatives under the EU's new Global Gateway program during a two-day visit to Morocco and ...

With An Eye on China, EU Chief Says Europe is Africa’s “Most Reliable Partner”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (photo) will arrive in Dakar on Wednesday for a quick trip before next week's Europe-Africa summit. One of the key highlights of her visit will be to unveil some of the first projects selected as part of the new Global Gateway ...

Europe Unveils Its €300 Billion Alternative to China’s Belt and Road

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed the details of its highly anticipated Global Gateway infrastructure development initiative that aims to provide an alternative for developing countries to China's Belt and Road Initiative. In all, the EU aims to raise ...