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Past articles by William:

Britain still hasn't faced up to its Brexit predicament

The Irish border problem has set the terms of Britain's Brexit bind → Read More

Whatever its flaws, May's deal is Britain's best bet

Hybrid solutions infuriate hardliners. For pragmatists, they should suffice → Read More

May searches for an Irish border solution as 'no deal' looms

It’s been a bad day for anyone hoping for an orderly Brexit, as the hydra of the Irish border reared its head again. At a speech in Belfast, Theresa May rejected the EU’s ideas for some kind of special solution to keep the border invisible, while insisting her “common rulebook” plans would make checks on … → Read More

Why the EEA isn't the answer to the Brexit conundrum

EEA membership would minimise disruption but come at a high price → Read More

Beware nonsense claims about the customs union and Ireland

Those claiming a customs union will solve the Irish border issue are either ignorant or disingenuous → Read More

Britain has lots to gain and little to fear from an association agreement

Concessions from all sides are clearly needed to reach agreement and heal the UK's gaping wounds → Read More

A free trade future for Africa

A pan-African free trade area has the potential to be bigger than the EU's single market → Read More

Ethiopia: Why PM Abiy Ahmed's first priority should be free expression

Though it may come with risks, it would be in the government’s own interests to encourage open dialogue and constructive criticism. The swearing-in this week of Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed and his promising inaugural speech suggests Ethiopia has its best chance yet to address a political crisis that has been building for decades. This comes not a moment too soon. Youthful protesters, particularly… → Read More

The Irish border and the limits to taking back control

To resolve the Irish border issue, the UK may have to keep some EU regulations → Read More

May needs an answer to the Irish question – before it scuppers Brexit

Remainers are preparing to use the Irish border as an excuse to reverse Brexit → Read More

Ireland may be the UK's best Brexit ally – not a stumbling block

Everybody who wants the UK to make an orderly departure from the EU, minimising its negative impacts, should have welcomed the conclusion of the first phase of withdrawal negotiations last month, which crucially included a series of options to keep the Irish land border invisible. It sets the stage for discussions of a new partnership … → Read More

Industrial Parks Are Africa’s Latest Gamble to Lure Chinese Manufacturers

Freelance journalist William Davison joins Eric and Cobus to discuss his reporting from the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, which is the latest high-stakes gamble taken by a number of African countries to lure Chinese manufacturers. Officials spent $250 million to build this new park in the hope that it will attract foreign manufacturers and create some 200,000 badly needed jobs for the… → Read More

Ethiopian Oil Company Mulls China Poly Equity Deal on Gas Finds

Ethiopian Mineral, Petroleum and Biofuel Corp. is discussing a partnership with a unit of China Poly Group, the first of a series of deals with foreign investors it’s planning to exploit natural-resource deposits in the country. → Read More

Failing South Sudan: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

International mediators have repeatedly made the same mistake of treating disgraced leaders as if they’re respectable statesmen, of treating the problem like… → Read More

Ethiopia to Miss 11% Growth Target as Drought Hurts Agriculture

Ethiopia’s economy will expand by between 7 percent and 10 percent this fiscal year, missing the government’s target, as a severe drought hurts agriculture. → Read More

The Shadow Over Ethiopia's Construction Boom

When Ethiopian farmer Mulugeta Mezemir ceded his land three years ago to property developers on the fringes of the expanding capital, Addis Ababa, he felt he had no choice. → Read More

AstraZeneca Targets Africa Sales Boost

AstraZeneca Plc, the U.K.’s second-largest drugmaker, plans to increase sales in Africa by almost 10 percent a year as the company seeks to capitalize on efforts by governments to improve health-care systems and fight conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. → Read More

Ethiopia Needs $245 Million by March to Stop More Severe Hunger

Ethiopia needs $245 million of food aid in the next three weeks to prevent a “potentially catastrophic escalation” in chronic malnutrition cases from the end of April after a lack of rain left millions of people in danger of starvation, Save the Children said. → Read More

In the Fastest-Growing African Economy, Government is the Fuel

Ethiopia is leaning on public spending, Chinese investment for its 8 percent-plus growth pace → Read More

Food Crisis Looming in Ethiopia After Worst Drought in 50 Years

Tekle Birhan clutched her malnourished infant son as she waited to get a food supplement and treatment at an Ethiopian health clinic in early December. It was their third trip in as many months to the facility, located about an hour’s walk from her family farm that has seen almost no rain since July. → Read More