How will European Union governments’ focus on preventing migration affect the development landscape? Will the attempt to stimulate private sector investment in Africa and the EU neighborhood through the External Investment Plan pay off? And what form will the EU’s relationship with the African, Caribbean and Pacific states take beyond 2020? These will be some of the pressing strategic questions occupying EU development policy-makers in 2018, and the answers to them will have an impact that will ripple out across the development sector. But, even as officials grapple with such thorny issues, many are still expecting the coming year to be largely spent following the stubbornly practical negotiations over the EU’s next seven-year budget. Read more here.