Is it time to reset Africa-Europe relations? Can Europe and China overcome their different approaches and join forces? What's the role of ASEM in all this? These are just some of the questions on Europe, Africa and Asia cooperation that Friends of Europe has sought to answer this year.
We started the year with a focus on EU-Japan cooperation for development, peace and stability in Africa, continued with a discussion on EU-ASEAN relations, hosted a forum of strategic thinkers and discussed the future of Eurasia. We also welcomed high-level speakers and guests to our annual Africa Summit and took part in the European Development Days with an all-female panel focusing on women entrepreneurship. We also facilitated the inaugural meeting of the EU-Africa High-Level Group of Personalities and invited experts to contribute on an interesting discussion paper on EU-Asia relations.
Migration and integration have also been high on our agenda this year. From brainstorming urban responses to refugees and asking how millennials do it, to finding recommendations to the crisis that isn't, migration and integration were also discussed at our annual high-level State of Europe. By taking an innovative approach to the issue, we gave the past and present refugees an opportunity to make their voices heard.
Do you want to learn more about our work on Asia, Africa and migration? Below is a list of suggestions to get you started.
- Real people, true stories - refugees for more inclusive societies
- My ASEM wishlist - how Asia and Europe should really be working together
- Harnessing the potential of African youth for two continents
- The EU needs an overarching policy toward China in the Arctic by Heather Conley
- Onside or Offside: has the Asian Century reached European football? by Jens Bastian
- Ensuring opportunities for migrant women will benefit us all, by Clare Moody
- Do refugees want to integrate?
- Why are African economies outperforming Europe?
- How can we reverse the West’s decline?
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