Barry Hatton

Barry Hatton

Barry Hatton

 

EU, Africa summit brings little progress

Barry Hatton

European and African leaders were seeking to open a new era of closer relations, but their summit closed on Sunday with squabbling over trade and human rights. Old divisions surfaced at the first summit in seven years between the continents as leaders swapped accusations over the crises in Zimbabwe and Darfur.

Gordon Brown or Robert Mugabe?

Barry Hatton

Gordon Brown or Robert Mugabe? One won't go to a summit between Europe and Africa in December, but the Portuguese hosts say the potential rewards of closer ties between the two continents outweigh the antagonism between the leaders of Britain and Zimbabwe.

Portugal's president endorses new abortion law

Barry Hatton

Portugal's president on Tuesday ratified a new law permitting abortion up until the 10th week of pregnancy, but recommended a raft of measures that would discourage the procedure in the mostly Roman Catholic country. Parliament voted overwhelmingly last month to legalise abortion, scrapping previous tight restrictions.