It is remarkable that the crisis-ridden African countries were able to successfully negotiate a very far-reaching free trade agreement. A political achievement, which came about without external pressures. This exemplifies both a new African self-perception and self-confidence. So far, signatures have been made. These are important expressions of will that give hope for further steps, but the implementation at the individual member countries level will only become apparent in the next few years. The agreement offers an opportunity to the EU. We currently observe an investment race between China, the USA and the UK on the African continent. Most EU member countries have fallen behind. A trade agreement between the EU and ACFTA could bring the EU back into play.
The op-ed (german) is available here.