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Europe at work, please don’t disturb

THE on-going right wing shifts in European parliamentary elections give the impression that there are seismic shifts in the plates of its politics. Please don’t worry yourself. There are no possibilities of earthquakes. These are mere rumblings in the belly of its body politic. It is said that Europe’s far-right gained historic grounds in the elections, but the lesson for us Read More…

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Italy’s top court rules against sending sea migrants back to Libya, charities applaud verdict

Italy’s highest appeals court has delivered a landmark ruling, deeming the practice of returning sea migrants to Libya unlawful, a decision celebrated by charitable organisations and human rights advocates. The Court of Cassation affirmed the conviction of the captain of an Italian towboat, Asso 28, who, in 2018, rescued 101 migrants from a rubber dinghy Read More…

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France commits to returning $150 million Abacha loot to strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria

To bolster bilateral relations, France has pledged to return $150 million of the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s frozen assets to Nigeria. The commitment, announced in Abuja, is a response to a request from the Nigerian Ministry of Justice. France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ms. Catherine Colonna, stated that the returned funds would be Read More…

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Macron plays the outlaw in Niger Republic

 FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron loves acting on the world stage. In the ongoing drama about the West and some West African leaders threatening to use force against the military regime that came to power in Niger Republic on July 26, 2023, he chose to play the outlaw. Exactly a month after they came to power, Read More…

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Babysitting France in Africa

FRANCE is a problem. In Africa, it is a man-child fighting hard to retain its feeding bottle. The United Kingdom-based Socialist Labour organised a virtual conference of Africans to discuss this and the current crises in Africa, with an emphasis on the Francophone countries. Co-ordinator Tokunbo Oke, in commenting on the theme, “The Niger Coup: Read More…

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To migrants, watery graves; to humanity, a boiling world

TRAGEDY.  Unimaginable tragedy. What is most tragic to me is not the number of migrants, including children from underdeveloped countries, who have gone down the sea to watery graves trying to reach Europe. Yes, this year alone, over 1,200 went on a final dip, never to resurface again, or if they did, only as corpses. Last Read More…

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EU chief plans restructuring of electricity market as prices skyrocket

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed plans for structural reforms to skyrocketing energy on Monday, saying prices have exposed the limits of the European Union’s electricity market design. Von der Leyen stated in her speech, at an international conference in Bled, Slovenia that the market “was developed under completely different circumstances.” “That’s why we, Read More…

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Africa is imperfect solution to Europe’s gas woes

Africa has become Europe’s latest gas hunting ground. Moscow’s decision to halt supplies to Poland and Bulgaria has sharpened concerns about the bloc’s Russian energy addiction. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has already rushed to sign deals with Algeria, Egypt and the Congo Republic to curb his country’s reliance on Moscow. Africa’s vast fossil fuel Read More…