When the Danish diplomat began her three-year stint because the European Union’s ambassador to the African Union in September 2020, the Ethiopian capital was grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Quickly afterwards the Tigray warfare broke out, and in November 2021 she needed to oversee the evacuation of her workers as combating got here inside 200km of the town. That meant Markussen needed to spearhead the EU-Africa summit in February 2022 with a skeleton crew. Then got here the financial shocks of Russia’s warfare towards Ukraine.
Markussen is reflecting on these challenges close to the top of her time as the lady main Europe’s engagement with Africa. We meet within the spacious backyard of her residence within the upmarket Addis Ababa neighbourhood of Mekanisa, a stone’s throw from the AU headquarters, as removing males shuttle backward and forward within the background.
The EU is the greatest funder of peace and safety efforts in Africa,
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