Relations under review: What to expect at EU-African Union summit
14 February 2022 | 7:49 am
On February 17 and 18, the EU is inviting African Union heads of state to Brussels for a summit. In this debate at the European Parliament, we lift the lid on Europe’s relationship with its African partners and ask what the EU-AU summit might achieve.
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