Time and Location

Postponed due to Corona virus prevention measures


Anna Katharina Stahl
Policy Fellow, Jacques Delors Centre of the Hertie School, Berlin

Berouk Mesfin
Political and security analyst, former head of the Foreign Policy Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

Karin Fischer, Institute of Sociology, Johannes Kepler University, Linz/VIDC

Martina Neuwirth, VIDC, Vienna

Language: English

Registration: neuwirth@remove-this.vidc.org

Europe and China: a new Race for Africa

Boxing gloves with EU and China flag, symbolising the race between Europe and China in Africa.
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We witness an increasing foreign interest in Africa and a new race to capture its resources and markets. While the original 19th-century "Scramble for Africa" was between major European powers, today the European Union and China compete for influence on the continent. The European Union pushes for economic partnership agreements which aim to facilitate the free trade agenda. But it seems that European countries and corporations are steadily losing momentum as investors. China, however, has become one of Africa's most important trade partners over the past two decades. And as African countries are looking to fill their infrastructure gap, Chinese firms have built stadiums, highways, railways, airports, schools and hospitals. Ethiopia’s new rail system and the metro in Addis Ababa, for example, were built mainly with money from China.

How does the EU deal with China's economic rise in Africa? How do African partners perceive the engagement of old and new superpowers on the continent? Do they have different business practices? Does the new scramble for Africa open up economic opportunities that are more socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable for Africans?


Anna Katharina Stahl

is a Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre of the Hertie School in Berlin. Previously, she was Project Director at the office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Tunisia. She also worked for different think tanks and international organisations in Europe, the US, Africa and China. Anna Stahl obtained a PhD in political science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) with a dissertation on EU-China-Africa trilateral relations. Her dissertation was published with Palgrave Macmillan (2018). She also holds an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a French-German double degree in political science and public law from the Institut d’études politiques de Lille and the University of Münster.

Berouk Mesfin

is a political analyst with over twenty years of experience in policy-oriented research in government and the academia. He was the head of the Foreign Policy Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, and senior analyst at the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense. He was a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies and taught political science and international relations at the College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University. Berouk Mesfin graduated from Addis Ababa University where he received a bachelor`s degree in Political Science and International Relations and a master`s degree in International Relations. He also holds a master´s degree in International Security and Defense from the University of Grenoble.

Karin Fischer

is the head of the Division of Global Sociology and Development Research at the Institute of Sociology at Johannes Kepler University, Linz and is a consultant of the VIDC.

Martina Neuwirth

works at the VIDC on international economic and finance policy issues. Her major focus is on tax and development issues, especially on the impact of the international tax system on countries of the Global South.