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Interview with Amina Mohamed: Matteo Renzi, a reliable European ally for Kenya and Africa

New York – In this interview given to, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Amina Mohamed, expresses her views on the migration challenges affecting Africa and the responsibilities of Europe, giving the thumbs up to the EU external investment plan for Africa and Neighbourhood Countries launched in September by the European Commission. She is sure she can count on a key ally, the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. continue reading »

Italian PM Renzi tired of ‘wasting time’ at EU summits

On the eve of the Summit on migrations which is taking in place in New York at UN headquarters, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped up his attacks against other European Union leaders on Sunday after an EU summit in Bratislava, which he said amounted to no more than “a nice cruise on the Danube.” In particular, he criticized the lack of commitments on the economy, Africa and immigration in the summit’s conclusions.

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‘Africa Act’ heralds a new era of cooperation between Italy and Africa

Rome (Italy) – The Italian Democratic Party (PD) presented on last 28 July at the Chamber of Deputies the ‘Africa Act’, “package of measures to revitalize the relations between Italy and the African continent, in a logic of co-development.” But what does it mean in practice? Lia Quartapelle, deputy and member of the Democratic Party, explains for and its African media partners the reasons of this new initiative based on three pillars: education and culture, employment and sustainable development.

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Migration. Mario Giro: “The EU must take Africa seriously”

Brussels – Usually calm and collected, the Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs with responsibility for international cooperation, Mario Giro, is not in a good mood. The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is obviously extremely worrying, but there is also another issue which risks creating further disagreement within the EU – the New Migration Partnership Framework or “Migration Compact”, submitted by the European Commission on 7 June, which puts the management of migration at the heart of European foreign policy.

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Italy, a bridge between Europe and Africa

ROME – In Rome today a new partnership was born. “We do not need walls, but to be increasingly connected”, the Italian PM Matteo Renzi said to the first Italy-Africa ministerial conference at the Italian Foreign Ministry headquarters. Italy, as a bridge between Europe and Africa, “feels no nostalgia for the past, but does so for a future in which the continent is not a threat but an opportunity”, thus is trying to “draw Europe’s attention to Africa and the Mediterranean”, Renzi said closing the event.

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Gianni Pittella: “Europe needs to change its strategy in Africa”

Since assuming leadership of the European Socialist and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella has committed to make Africa “an absolute priority of our group”.

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