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What's the trend in purchasing power in Mali or the birth rate in Chad? Quite often it's tough to find reliable statistical data for African countries. Experts lament the lack of hard numbers and call for an urgent fix.
Freedom of travel, free trade, democratic elections in several countries including Ethiopia. Africa has promised to accomplish much in 2020. However, DW's Claus Stäcker expects a rather problematic year.
Election campaigns are expensive in Africa, too. Since in many countries there are no government subsidies, the parties depend on private donations. But often there are no legal regulations — a dangerous situation.
People across the globe have not just rung in a new year, but a new decade. Germany has joined the world in welcoming 2020. DW tracked the New Year's festivities live.
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