On Monday, the Foreign Ministers of EU member states adopted the “Globally Connected Europe” strategy, which was hyped by the media as an infrastructure project aimed at countering the “Belt and Road” initiative of China. The German newspaper “Die Welt” reported on the 13th that this is “theoretical” for now.
According to the report, everything happened very quickly. The Foreign Ministers of the EU member states only started to consider the strategy document at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Less than an hour later, they adopted it by acclamation. The strategy has no plans for cooperation with the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Europeans want to coordinate their global infrastructure policies more closely with Washington within the framework of the G7. More surprisingly, the seven-page document does not mention Africa as an important connectivity partner, but only emphasizes “connectivity partnerships” with “like-minded countries and regions” such as India and Japan. But what exactly is it going to do? In short: Through its new global connectivity strategy, the EU wants to be closely connected with other regions over tens of thousands of kilometers away.
Europe wants to be as successful as China in making strategic investments in Asia and Africa, according to the report. But unlike Beijing, Brussels’ new strategy is still a “paper tiger” with little progress in sight and little hope of success. As early as 2018, the EU countries proposed a strategic vision of “Eurasian Connectivity”. But nothing has happened in the last three years, and Africa is not involved in this idea. China, by contrast, is moving towards its own goals.