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The African Union wants to become more like the EU, but can it overcome entrenched obstacles to free trade?


LIBYAN DICTATOR Muammar el-Qaddafi, killed by rebels in 2011, left behind a legacy of chaos and brutality. But he also left a surprisingly modern political vision of a Pan-African state. In 1999, he began to push for the creation of an African Union (AU), modeled loosely on its European counterpart, the EU. Over the next decade, he urged leaders to join his campaign to create a single government that would act as a counterpoint to the U.S. and the EU. At a 2008 meeting of more than 200 African kings and traditional rulers in Benghazi, he declared, “We want an African military to defend Africa, a single African currency, one African passport to travel within Africa.”

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