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Vol 51 No 22

Published 5th November 2010

Complex architecture but no deal

Africa is larger, politically more varied and much poorer than the island states that constitute its colleagues in the African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) group. Like them, its relationship with the European Union is inherited from the colonial period but the present EU feels less strongly about that since its expansion to include some former Eastern Bloc countries, which were themselves quasi-colonies until very recently.

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