Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2017: Matching Means to prioirities
ECDPM’s annual Challenges Paper seeks to identify important debates that can be expected in 2017 and beyond and to sketch the backdrop against which these will unfold. The aim is not to predict outcomes, but to situate debates that concern Africa-EU relations so as to facilitate as wide a stakeholder engagement as possible. Africa-Europe relations: Evolving context, shifting priorities Twenty-sixteen may well come to be seen as the start of a shift in course for Africa-Europe relations. Both continents face major challenges that affect the way they relate to one another. Continuing financial difficulties, the wars in Syria and Iraq and the global terrorist threat are pushing both continents towards more hard-line stances and self-interested foreign policy, and they are less willing to compromise. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States is yet another factor that could impact the current geopolitical realities, pushing the EU and Africa into more marginal positions at the top tables of global action.