Africa needs Europe’s help to redraw its borders

Malian army soldiers are instructed by Spanish troops at Koulikoro training centre (photo: dpa)
Malian army soldiers are instructed by Spanish troops at Koulikoro training centre (photo: dpa)

Many African countries are suffering from conflict. Tribal and religious differences are involved, along with the division of natural resources. In some cases a strong leader may bring stability, but many experts advocate African federalism – the creation of subsidiary entities within the states. The borders inherited from the colonial period have demonstrated their limitations, so a new deal cannot be made without a major international conference bringing together the Western governments, especially those of Europe.

Africa needs Europe’s help to redraw its borders

FROM east to west, Africa is currently a theatre for wars. The challenges are often local, but are beginning t...

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