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October 24, 2020
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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organization after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform. “I feel the wind behind my back,” she told a virtual press briefing after the 55-member African Union officially supported her over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo […]Continue Reading
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As the race for the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation reaches its peak, the federal government has expressed its optimism that Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance / Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will emerge as the next WTO Director General. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo while […]Continue Reading
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By Geert Laporte This year was supposed to be crucial for Africa-Europe relations, culminating in the sixth AU-EU Summit, scheduled for 28 and 29 October in Brussels. But then COVID-19 happened. After a long palaver, a decision was finally taken: the summit will be postponed to 2021, although a date still needs to be fixed. […]Continue Reading
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China and EU leaders today reaffirmed commitment to concluding a comprehensive bilateral investment agreement this year. During 22nd #ChinaEU Summit today, Leaders from both sides noted progress being made in BIT talks, and look forward to reaching an agreement at a highly ambitious level. Tough questions reportedly emerged over Hong Kong,human rights and WTO. No […]Continue Reading
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Sometimes political orders break apart. But beware the dangers of what comes next. By Stephen M. Walt Whenever political and social upheaval occurs, William Butler Yeats’s famous poem “The Second Coming” (1919) immediately springs to mind. Are we at a moment in history where, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed […]Continue Reading
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(Reuters) A global campaign to fund the development of vaccines and therapies against COVID-19 has so far raised 9.5 billion euros ($10.4 billion), the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday. “Great result, reaching 1st milestone of GlobalResponse pledging marathon led by EU Commission,” Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter. “Great result, reaching […]Continue Reading
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By Katja Sergejeff European public opinion seems to react quickly to perceived crises of the day, but past opinion polls show that support to international cooperation remains stable even in times of crises. Will this change in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, which has raised questions of the effectiveness of our global governance? […]Continue Reading