Issue 390 | 12 May 2014
EU-Africa summit, blue growth, European week against cancer, Brexit and more...
European commission president José Manuel Barroso heads up our EU-Africa summit cover feature with the message that the two continents operate in a 'partnership of equals'. He writes that the "EU remains Africa's first partner for trade, investment, development and humanitarian assistance" and that "more than €28bn will be provided by the European commission to foster the economic and social development of African countries" over the next six years.
Elsewhere, Mxolisi Nkosi, South Africa's ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, and head of mission to the EU, hails the summit as a "tremendous success". "Both continents have acknowledged the interdependence of their relations and the need to use each other's strengths for mutual benefit," he explains.
Live animals export trade is marring the EU's reputation as a leader in animal protection, says Olga Kikou.
Ukraine has built a lasting partnership with the European Union, underpinned by trade and security, explains Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
MEPs must help end the current lack of transparency, accountability and sustainability in EU external fisheries rules, argues Lasse Gustavsson.