EU Maghreb delegation looks to turn page on Qatargate by choosing a new chairperson
The European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Maghreb Countries, several members of which are concerned by the alleged corruption scandal involving Qatar and Morocco, hopes to restore its image by electing a new chairperson.
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Makhzen Inc. or the ever more prosperous business empire of Mohammed VI's entourage
Mohammed VI's private holding company Al Mada is not the only one of its kind! Although Al Mada plays an ever more important role in the Moroccan economy, other members of the royal family are battling for leading roles in an increasing number of different economic sectors, including property, tourism, higher education and even aviation.
Madrid and Rabat negotiate resumption of trade in Spanish enclaves
During Pedro Sanchez's two-day trip to Rabat, the issue of the land customs posts between Morocco and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla is dominating the conversation with his Moroccan counterpart Aziz Akhannouch. But differences of opinion are emerging behind the scenes.
Tunisia fears losing pipeline revenues as its neighbours strike gas deals with Italy
The recent North African tour of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, which concentrated on securing Italy's gas supplies from Algeria and Libya, left Italy's traditional partner, Tunisia, on the sidelines. The authorities in Tunis now fear that they could find themselves isolated on the regional energy map.
New battle for 9th constituency for French citizens abroad whets appetites
After left-leaning NUPES alliance candidate Karim Ben Cheikh's bid was declared invalid on 20 January, several candidates such as M'jid El Guerrab, Rachida Kaaout and Mehdi Reddad are considering entering the race, which is proving to be a headache for the ruling Renaissance party.
African football confederation irked by Algerian intransigence over Morocco
The latest clash between Algiers and Rabat at the opening of the African Nations Championship led to Morocco pulling its team out of the event. But Algeria is likely to be the main loser, as the spat has boosted Morocco's chances of hosting the more prestigious 2025 Africa Cup of Nations football fiesta.
CAF again postpones announcement of CAN 2025 host nation
The Confederation of African Football was due to reveal which country would host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations on 10 February. But the decision, in which Morocco and Algeria are currently favourites, has been put off for diplomatic and logistical reasons.