International Reports

Regional Cooperation in West Africa

by Franziska Porst

„A Study in Frustration?“

While ECOWAS is much more prominent in public debate as a regional economic community recognised by the African Union and as a negotiating partner of the EU in the negotiations over a regional economic partnership agreement, the smaller WAEMU on closer inspection proves to represent a considerably more advanced project of West African integration. The integration endeavours within ECOWAS, on the other hand, which is far more heterogeneous, have repeatedly faltered.
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