Changing European concerns
Security and complex political emergencies instead of development
in EU development cooperation

This chapter argues that the Third World in general, and Africa in particular, are becoming more and more important components in the European Union's (EU) efforts to develop into a significant international player. It includes a separate discussion of the role of the mass media because the media is supposed to play a unique role in encouraging political reactions to humanitarian emergencies. The chapter deals with aspects of the foreign and security policy that relate to development and crisis management. It describes the external actions of the Union as the outcome of a number of bargaining and decision-making processes, which take place both in the individual member states and in Brussels. The chapter assumes that a thorough understanding of Europe's Africa policy has to be founded on an analysis of the national interests of individual member states.

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