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Will they stay or will they go?

France’s historical connections with Africa reflect a deep-rooted economic and political relationship. The Gallic nation’s interest in the continent was driven traditionally by the need for natural resources, economic markets and strategic alliances. Yet, Africa as a whole, has now evolved from the colonial era, and in the present-day, demands more equal partnerships and investments [...]

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The new power play in Africa: Russia, China and the shifting sands of influence

Africa’s geopolitical landscape is changing, driven by the active involvement of Russia and China. Russia has had a hand in Africa for some time, but China’s recent involvement is further impacting historic colonial structures and patterns. Vestiges of Africa’s colonial past are still evident in its regimented zones of influence and in the political and

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France and Germany: The Kremlin Clock is ticking

With the planet’s doomsday clock still set at three minutes to midnight, Ukraine might be forgiven for expecting at least the second hand to have ticked onwards a little more. If the prospect of World War III is not enough, then what is? A consequence, perhaps, of the perception that this is still something of

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France: Liberty, Equality, Inadequacy?

How quickly things change in politics. In April, Emanuel Macron was heralded as the latest saviour of Europe, having defeated the far-right challenge of Marine Le Pen for a second time and promising to remain leader of the fight against Putin – a statesman for our times. Now, he has lost control of the French

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