'Voluntary Colonialism'? No Thanks.

By Melissa Britz

Cape Town — As if the scramble for Africa wasn't bad enough, Germany's personal representative of Angela Merkel for Africa, Günther Nooke, says Europe deserves a second chance to screw the continent over.

In an interview with the BBC, Nooke touted the idea that African governments should lease land to European powers to establish autonomous cities that would supposedly provide quality services and create jobs. All this, he says, is necessary to push development that will discourage the large numbers of African migrants that are seeking refuge and economic opportunity in Europe.

Mhhhm. So yes, Africa does have huge governance challenges but so does the whole world. Most of Europe, influenced by regressive right-wing politics in the U.S. since the era of U.S. President Donald Trump, is seeing a resurgence of conservatism and anti-migrant sentiment. The U.S. and Europe act as if corruption and mismanagement is an African invention. It's one of the few things they'll actually give us credit for.

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