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In the #DRC, the EU needs to step in

In the #DRC, the EU needs to step in

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week, the DRC’s main opposition coalition said that parties should unite to push out President Joseph Kabila nine months after he was supposed to step down from office. As plans to hold new elections are further postponed, the leader of the coalition, Felix Tshisekedi, called for widespread acts of civil disobedience, such as refusing […]

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#Kenya – Rule of law and peaceful electoral process must prevail

#Kenya – Rule of law and peaceful electoral process must prevail

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Following the unprecedented decision for Africa of the Kenyan Supreme Court to annul the outcome of the last presidential election, the leader of the S&D Group, Gianni Pittella, with S&D Group members Tanja Fajon and Julie Ward, who took part in the European Parliament election observation mission, stated: “Kenya is a crucial country not only […]

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RFI programmes resume in #Congo after lengthy government shutdown

RFI programmes resume in #Congo after lengthy government shutdown

Radio France Internationale (RFI) has resumed services in Democratic Republic of Congo after a 10-month shutdown over what the government said was the station’s sympathy for opposition rallies, RFI and the Congolese government said on Friday. RFI, funded by the French government, was jammed on Nov. 5, hours before a banned opposition rally protesting against […]

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A Marshall Plan for #Africa should prioritize Family Planning

A Marshall Plan for #Africa should prioritize Family Planning

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this month’s G20 summit, Germany secured a major injection of private investment for Africa as a way to curtail mass migration to Europe. The drive was a win for German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been driving a campaign for a new Marshall – or “Merkel” – Plan for Africa following the realization that […]

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#DRC:  Pre-trial violence raises the stakes in Congo’s political crisis

#DRC: Pre-trial violence raises the stakes in Congo’s political crisis

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s a disturbing development that has passed almost unnoticed by all but a few members of the Western media – and that’s exactly how would-be president for life Joseph Kabila wants it. This Wednesday, on the eve of a hearing that has major implications for the political future of the DRC, shots were fired on […]

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EU boosts aid to drought affected countries in #HornofAfrica

EU boosts aid to drought affected countries in #HornofAfrica

The European Commission has announced additional humanitarian assistance of €60 million to help people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, who have been facing critical levels of food insecurity due to severe drought. This additional assistance brings EU humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa region (including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti) to nearly €260m since […]

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#South Africa-European Union strategic partnership

#South Africa-European Union strategic partnership

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

South Africa is one of the European Union’s 10 Strategic Partners. The SA-EU Strategic Partnership was established in 2006 and followed by a Joint Action Plan in 2007 as a forward-looking platform that facilitates the wide-ranging co-operation between the two parties. The year 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Joint Action Plan and the […]

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