Africa’s independence: what will the next 60 years bring?
A wave of independence swept across Africa sixty years ago. This week it’s been the turn of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to mark their independence. But amid the celebrations there is also time to reflect, regret even mourn what has taken place since gaining self-rule. Somalia, for instance, has seen the state split, a civil war, imposition of sharia law and a rise in piracy and Islamist terrorism.
King Leopold's legacy: The lingering chaos in DR Congo
60 years after independence, traces of the system of exploitation and violence that Leopold II and colonial-era Belgium created still remain in DR Congo. The propensity for violence is inherited, experts say.
South Sudan's independent media under pressure
Eight years after independence, South Sudan still struggles to address media challenges. Independent journalists continue to fear for their freedom. Many choose to abandon either the country or their profession.
Majority of people in Catalonia don’t want independence, says Elcano Royal institute
Miguel Otero-Iglesias, senior analyst at Elcano Royal Institute, discusses Spain’s upcoming election and the key issues facing voters. H
Video: Kosovo’s growing pains
Kosovo is Europe’s youngest nation. Last month, it celebrated the tenth anniversary of its independence.
Ambassador Osakwe laments poor record-keeping in Nigeria since independence
Ambassador Osakwe laments poor record-keeping in Nigeria since independence.
Spanish PM calls for Catalan parliament to be formed on Jan. 17
Spain's prime minister says that the new Catalan parliament should hold its maiden session on Jan. 17, the first step in reinstating local government after Madrid fired the old regional administration for illegally declaring independence.
Spanish parliament approves direct rule over Catalonia
After a declaration of independence in Barcelona, Spain's national government triggers article 155 of the constitution approving direct rule over Catalonia.
Protests as Spain says it will sack Catalan leaders
The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia and force the region into a new election, saying it had to take the unprecedented step to prevent the region pushing ahead with independence.