Illustration of an European Union long shadow flag with a map of the african continent

Europe is fighting hard to be relevant to Africa, its nearest continental neighbour. Today (Feb. 10) is the Africa Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia and AU headquarters. And it’s drawn European Council president Charles Michel — he’s been in Addis since Sunday — for some two dozen bilateral meetings with African heads of state and government. (Note: Mr Michel hasn’t actually been invited to address the summit.)