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‘Sorry’ still the hardest word, as EU steps up courtship of Africa

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Sometimes it takes a little geopolitical competition to acknowledge the sins of the past.

For years, relations between the European Union and African countries ticked along more or less nicely.

  • Even before the Black Lives Matter protests, EU-Africa relations had already been shaken by a potent dose of ‘Made in China’ geopolitics

The Lomé Convention, and the Cotonou Agreement which followed, focused on the EU’s trade and aid relations with 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states.

Nobody was really happy with the “same old, same old” EU policies or European efforts to convince African governments to keep potential migrants at home.

But no one said so – until now.

As Black Lives Matter protests spread from America to Europe last summer, activists raged against modern-day discrimination and police violence against Europeans of colour.

They also spotlighted many countries’ brutal history of slavery and…

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