EU-Africa free trade will create more imbalances, say critics | Africa | DW

The European Union can boost development to and stem migrant flows from Africa by completely opening its market to the region, German Development Minister Gerd Müller said on Wednesday.

“Open the market for all African goods,” Müller told Die Welt newspaper, adding that the European market is effectively closed to Africa at present.

Brussels has the power to “give the continent a new status — also politically,” he said.

At the European level, Müller wants to see the introduction of an Africa Commissioner who will connect the numerous threads that make up the EU’s Africa policy. He also called for an EU-Africa Council to meet regularly.

But above all, his call is about trade, where agricultural products from Africa are free to be imported into the EU duty and quota-free.

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