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The EU and Africa: Regionalism and Interregionalism Beyond Institutions


This chapter aims at mapping relevant trends of interregionalism between Europe and Africa, by looking at the historical evolution and in light of recent developments. The analysis focuses on institutionalized interregionalism between the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU), as well as regional organizations in Southern, West and East Africa in the three sectors of trade; security; and environment. It also goes beyond by addressing and comparing formal and informal, state and non-state, patterns of integration at the transnational level. The chapter concludes that it appears that the EU has heavily influenced the development of regionalism in Africa mainly through teaching and support. The relationship between the EU and African regions is fundamentally characterized by the former influencing regional policy of, and providing funds and capacity building to, the latter.

Result of the Atlantic Future research project. Previously publ.: Barcelona, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), November 2015, 26 p. (Atlantic Future Working Papers ; 26).

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