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The Implications for Africa of the Enlarged EEC

The Implications for Africa of the Enlarged EEC


The Implications for Africa of the Enlarged EEC SAGE Publications, Inc.1974DOI: 10.1177/03058298740030020301 JamesMayall Department of International Relations at the L.S.E. What are the implications for Africa of the enlargement of the European Economic Community (EEC)? Any answer to this question requires a prior assumption, namely that for historical, cultural and economic reasons " Africa's relations with those who are more powerful than she is are likely to remain profoundly ambivalent " Such an assumption is necessary because the question is not merely, or even primarily, empirical. Whatever its eventual outcome, the negotiation, which was formally initiated in August 1973, for the renewal (or replacement) of the Yaounde Convention, has already resurrected one of the earliest, and most problematic, questions in inter-African diplomacy : what is the appropriate relationship between independent Africa and a European Community, which includes the former imperial power? In other words within Africa the implications of the enlargement of the European Community are not viewed merely as a matter of calculation, of deciding, on the basis of past experience, whether African states are likely to obtain a better deal in relation with the industrial powers within the context of an Association Agreement or outside it:
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