During a visit to Burkina Faso, French president Emmanuel Macron presented his vision of a new era in French-African relations - one that leaves imperialistic, neo-colonialist attitudes in the past and invests in the hope and potential that the African youth embody. But the president’s speech showed how difficult it is for former colonial powers to shed their paternalistic tone, despite his attempt to identify with the young African population for whom a colonised Africa is a thing of the past.
Public sentiment toward migrants is rapidly changing in Italy. The Interior Ministry asked NGOs saving migrants off the Libyan coast to sign a code of conduct in order to regulate their activities. Italy is focusing on the wrong problem, and formulating the wrong solutions.