In these very days, the long-awaited European Union-African Union summit was meant to take place in Brussels, before eventually being postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
However, the issue of a possible new partnership between Europe and Africa remains more crucial than ever, and not by chance it was on the agenda of the last European Council. "Africa is the European Union's natural partner and neighbour. Together we can build a more prosperous, more peaceful and more sustainable future for all".
President Von der Leyen’s words outline the features of a critical challenge for the European Union, but at the same time they highlight the need to overcome the imbalances of a system of fragmented and shortsighted relationships between the two continents.
In recent years, Europe’s attention to Africa has largely prioritized the containment of irregular migration flows. This question is perceived as fundamental for public opinions and at the top of European governments' political agenda.