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EU Africa… it gets stuck

(B2) Between the European Union and the African Union, far from the jokes and hugs, the current has apparently not been restored. And there “are always air conditioning problems” (to paraphrase the words of the French president in Ouagadougou).

Four days without declaration

Almost four days after the end of the 5th Europe – Africa summit in Abidjan, we can scrutinize no matter how hard we look: no joint declaration on the horizon. However, it is customary for this type of document to be prepared well in advance by the different Sherpas of the member organizations and countries. They were also in Abidjan at the start of last week to prepare the various elements. But nothing worked. The agreement does not seem perfect...

cautious silence

B2 asked the question to several interlocutors: complete wall. It is " projects » replies one. “See in Abidjan” says another. A " final declaration was adopted. It is currently being adjusted… translated » said, without a shadow of a smile, Catherine Ray, the spokesperson for the High Representative of the Union, interviewed by us at the midday briefing this Monday (September 4). (listen here)

A political problem

For a text negotiated, upstream, in a single language (English), translation problem means “political problem”. Apparently African leaders are slightly annoyed by the threatening tone of Europeans who regularly lecture them, particularly on immigration. To be continued …

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).