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Eritrea President: Reforming and Restructuring the African Union a Priority Task

Reforming and restructuring the African Union should be a priority task
The existing AU structure is not in consonant with the realities of the continent.


President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea has given a speech saying that the existing African Union (AU) structure is “a carbon copy of the European Union,” appealing for reforms at the African body.

As reported by the Eritrean state information ministry, “President Isaias stated that the existing African Union structure is a carbon copy of the European Union; it is not in consonance with the realities of the continent.”

“It is thus timely to restructure the African Union to ensure optimal alignment with the aspirations of the African populations and that is responsive to the changing international order. Eritrea is naturally ready to play its modest part in this effort,” the president added. Continue reading Eritrea President: Reforming and Restructuring the African Union a Priority Task

TPLF Troubled by Renewed EU-Eritrea Relation

Photo: Meeting between Eritrean President and German delegation led by the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller at State House, Asmara – December 2015.


Europe’s softening stand on Eritrea has sparked fear with in the TPLF, a minority clique now ruling Ethiopia, according to a report broadcasted last week by the Ethiopia Satellite Television, ESAT.

The complete failing of the TPLF’s long standing policy against Eritrea that emanates from the border conflict and its own claim of Eritrea’s continued supports to Ethiopian freedom forces, has left the regime confused, the report stated citing information and documents it received from sources who work at Ethiopia’s UN branch in New York. Continue reading TPLF Troubled by Renewed EU-Eritrea Relation

European Union Spring vis-à-vis Eritrea

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the current holder of the EU presidency, Italy’s Lapo Pistelli, striving to win back relation between the block and Eritrea

By Bereket Kidane,

SPRING is symbolic of starting new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas.

We’ve all heard of the Arab Spring. Spring has finally come to Brussels as far as Eritrea is concerned. There is definitely a “European Spring” going on with respect to Eritrea.

After conducting extensive research and examining its policies toward the State of Eritrea, Europe seems to recognize the righteousness of the policies of the Government of Eritrea and wants to stop its destructive policies toward the country.  Continue reading European Union Spring vis-à-vis Eritrea

A Delegation from Hungary Visiting Eritrea

Hungary ready for business with Eritrea. Welcome!

By TesfaNews,

A DELEGATION from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has arrived in Eritrea this week for a bilateral talk.

The delegation was led by Mr. Andrads Szabo, Head of the African Desk.

The delegation is currently holding a series of bilateral talks with a number of government ministries on investments, trade, technical cooperation and expansion of  tertiary education.

It was also agreed that a Hungarian business delegation will visit Eritrea soon. Continue reading A Delegation from Hungary Visiting Eritrea

Refugees Must have Safe Access to Europe

More than 100,000 refugees have arrived at the Italian coast this year – already 60 percent more than in 2013. What can the European Union do to prevent this humanitarian disaster continuing in the second half of the year?

“Hundreds of refugees have died trying to reach the Italian coast in the past few months alone. This situation must be stopped.” – Franziska Keller, Green Party EU parliamentarian

By Franziska Keller,

THERE are so many hotspots at the moment around the world, and obviously the people have to flee them. Right now all eyes are on those arriving from Iraq, but there also more and more Syrian refugees coming, as they see that there won’t be a solution to the conflict there in the near future.

Eritrea is another country of origin for many refugees, especially for people who try to cross the Mediterranean. There are many good reasons to leave that country – the European Union should finally acknowledge that.  Continue reading Refugees Must have Safe Access to Europe

Mandatory Dialogue with Eritrea: Italy’s FM Pistelli

Italy, the current Chair of the EU, realizes that extended militarization under the national service due to the unresolved conflict with Ethiopia is the driving force for Eritreans to flee in masses. The Q is, what can Italy do that others failed to do in order to stem the emigration?

By Paul Lambruschi,

ON THE agenda of Italy’s six month presidency of the EU is written as “African migration and development cooperation“.  But it reads more like “emergency landings”, because it means to combat the trafficking of human beings and prevent the journeys of hope.

Mr. Lapo Pistelli, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Africa, who will chair an informal two-days summit tomorrow in Florence with the 27 EU ministers of development, is expected to explain Italy’s proposals.

Particularly, because 11 days ago he met the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki to address the issues of migration and human trafficking, the man who in 20 years has transformed Eritrea into an isolated state from the international community that is under UN embargo and under investigation for violation of the UN human rights for military service and unlimited national service. In other words, that is the causes of the exodus towards the EU.  Continue reading Mandatory Dialogue with Eritrea: Italy’s FM Pistelli