South Africa and the European Union (EU) have a longstanding relationship.
Their interaction has evolved through various phases, characterised
simultaneously by ambitious partnerships coupled with a degree of wariness. As
international dynamics change and Africa becomes an increasingly crucial player
in global politics, the relationship between the EU and South Africa exerts a
host of influences on how Africa and Europe relate to each other. This article
discusses the evolution of EU–South Africa relations and highlights direct and
indirect influences that this relationship has on the inter-regional partnership
between Africa and Europe.