UJ Institute for the Future of Knowledge

The new scramble for Africa – Antiquated relationship with Europe unchanged while China and Russia show increasing interest in the continent

Despite the ambitions for equal partnership expressed at the recent Africa-EU summit, the outcomes of past summits and pledges give little confidence that we will see the end of an asymmetrical donor-recipient relationship that harks back to a colonial past.

On 17 and 18 February 2022, the sixth European Union-African Union summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, with the EU welcoming more than 40 African leaders.

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