Germany’s new responsibility in the EU’s Africa policy post Brexit

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All eyes are on London, and specifically the House of Commons, right now. Political dynamics in Brussels fundamentally changed right after the British referendum in 2016. This also affects European policy on Africa, where the UK once played a leading role but is now almost invisible on the European stage. The EU will need to realign its cooperation with Africa following Brexit. Germany will have multiple opportunities in the near future to proactively shape this new orientation, whether in negotiations on the new EU budget and the post-Cotonou agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, or after the inauguration of the next European Commission.

Christine Hackenesch and Niels Keijzer (DIE), in this blog, identify three key questions that arise, after Brexit, for cooperation between Africa and Europe: to what extent will the EU’s goals, interests, strategies and instruments change? Will Europe become more or less attractive to African partners and will there be any change in what these partners expect of Europe? And how can the EU reshape its relationship with the UK on Africa policy?

This blog is available on the DIE website.

Image courtesy of European External Action Service via Flickr.

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