The Mattei Plan is valid. The right-sizing of expectations allows Rome’s project to be represented as feasible
Media mentions – Africa
Italy wants to build cooperation and serious strategic relationships in Africa as equals, not predators
It is urgently necessary for Europeans to show their flag in Africa. So far, China’s investments have been much more visible.
We are not planning to change the fate of relations between Europe and Africa, but we are offering something concrete
China is likely more willing to pay the bill for the increasing commercial costs than to get involved militarily (or politically, especially if pressured by the US) in the Red Sea crisis, for now
It would be foolish to think we can compete with China, the United Arab Emirates or even Turkey. To be meaningful, the Mattei Plan will have to fit into a broader framework of EU initiatives
Even if it will be signed, I don’t think the new pact on migration will have any real effect for the EU and Italy. Many of the problems will not be solved