Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
6 - 12 April 2000
Issue No. 476
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It was a historic meeting of two continents whose relationship has grown out of a troubled past. As the first Africa-Europe summit convened in Cairo this week, bringing face to face for the first time African leaders and their European counterparts, Al-Ahram Weekly was there
Group portrait
African and European leaders pose for a group portrait to mark the close of the first ever Africa-Europe summit held in Cairo on 3 and 4 April

'A strategic partnership'
Address by President Hosni Mubarak to the inaugural Session of the Africa-Europe Summit

Bolstering a joint determination
President Mubarak spared no effort to ensure the success of the Africa-Europe summit, attending many sessions and holding dozens of meetings to promote inter-African and African-European relations, reports Khaled Dawoud

Different priorities, a single plan
Africa and Europe may agree on the need for "partnership," but their discordant visions of the political conditions for economic cooperation continue to reflect an unequal history. Dina Ezzat, Niveen Wahish and Khaled Dawoud summarise the summit debates

Civil alternatives
The NGO forum was shifted from Cairo to Lisbon, but that did not prevent civil society representatives from voicing their concerns, reports Mariz Tadros

On the sidelines
Middle East and Arab issues figured high on Egypt's agenda for meetings on the fringe of the Africa-Europe summit, writes Dina Ezzat

Who won what?
The summit has been described as a success for all parties, but some of them found it more rewarding than others. Dina Ezzat reports

The legacy of colonialism
Africa is pinning its hope on a "new strategic partnership" that would obliterate any residue of Europe's ignoble colonial escapades. Europe had better be up to the challenge, hopes Gamal Nkrumah

Muammar Gaddafi

'Confidence in ourselves'
At the Africa-Europe summit, Libya returned to the international political arena with a vengeance. In an exclusive interview, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi told Gamal Nkrumah why Europe owes the continent an apology -- and several hundred billion dollars

Gaddafi's distant drummer
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi confirmed his reputation as an unpredictable maverick -- and a stylish one at that. Dina Ezzat looks on in awe

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