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Interview with Cecile Kyenge: “Burundi Needs Influential African Mediators”

Brussels – “Influential African mediators must get involved in the Burundi crisis, just as Nelson Mandela did in the past”. Such is the belief of Cecile Kyenge, a Member of the European Parliament (Socialist and Democrats Group), as told in an interview with Infos Grands Lacs (Afronline’s media partner). “These mediators should be able to start completely from scratch, starting with the violence, which must stop immediately, and the issue of the third mandate of Burundian President Nkurunziza”, added the Italian MEP, who was the author of a recently launched appeal to the international community with four former Belgian ministers.

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Neven Mimica: ‘No one is questioning the Cotonou Agreement, but…’

Brussels – Since the 1st of November, Neven Mimica* has officially entered into office as the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development in the new Juncker Commission. To mark the occasion, Afronline.org re-publishes an interview held with Mr. Mimica right after his hearing at the European Parliament on the 29th of September.

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Francesco Petrelli (CONCORD Italia): ‘Ms. Mogherini must make migration a top priority’

‘We cannot expect other countries to respect EU values when people trying to reach Europe are denied the basic right to life’, says Francesco Petrelli, spokesperson for CONCORD Italia. ‘Migration concerns all Member States, not only those situated along the Mediterranean Coast, and it should be a top priority in the EU’s political agenda’. In an interview with Afronline.org, Mr. Petrelli discusses the high points expressed by Federica Mogherini – the EU High Representative-designate for Foreign affairs and Security Policy – during her hearing last week, enounces CONCORD’s priorities and shares his expectations from European institutions, including the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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Neven Mimica: ‘No one is questioning the Cotonou Agreement, but…’

Brussels – The current European Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Croatian politician Neven Mimica*, has been approved by the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE) to serve as the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development in the new Juncker Commission*.

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Six things we like about Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini faced the European Parliament yesterday for her hearing to replace Catherine Ashton and become the EU’s Foreign Policy chief – the official title is High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy and Commission Vice President*. While the format of the auditions could be better – a prepared 15 minute statement, short questions from MEPs, short answers (all under the pressure of a big stop watch above the rostrum) – at least CONCORD Europe got a first impression of how the future High Representative feels about important topics.

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Guinea: Pointing microphones against Ebola

Brussels – As the world nervously watches the Ebola outbreak from afar, local media in Guinea work around the clock in precarious environments to make sure the population remains informed. A vital force against the crisis, these journalists need funding and international support to step up against the virus.

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