Politics

Pan-African integration has made progress but needs a change of mindset

This year’s celebration of Africa Day provides another opportunity to assess how far continental integration has progressed. Integration would mean a truly united Africa – either a federalist “United States of Africa” or the African Union (AU) exercising binding powers over member states. At present the AU merely serves as a platfo...

By Babatunde Fagbayibo 31 minutes ago

Land reform in South Africa: what the real debate should be about

Land reform in South Africa is an emotive and politically fraught subject. That’s because land was at the heart of the dispossession of Africans by colonial settlers. Successful land reform can help overcome this legacy, making it central to forging shared national bonds. It can also serve as a basis for a cohesive society through a pr...

By Wandile Sihlobo 8 days ago

Former South African president predicts the end of the ruling party: history is on his side

Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe, one of the saner voices in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has recently given voice to heresy. He has said that the time of the ANC in power is coming to an end. The party that has dominated South African politics since 1994, winning five successive general elections, is con...

By Roger Southall 20 days ago

French president Emmanuel Macron wins re-election: a victory with deep challenges

Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory over Marine Le Pen in the second round of France’s presidential election on 24 April 2022 is no surprise. For more than a year, opinion polls had been predicting it. As early as April 2021, the leading polling institutes (Elabe, Harris interactive, Ifop, Ipsos) estimated the final score of the outgoin...

By Mathias Bernard about 1 month ago

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