Dutch diplomats host civil society behind closed doors
In early May, the Dutch embassy in Cotonou discreetly hosted a seminar on the future of democracy in West Africa.
The latest clash between Algiers and Rabat at the opening of the African Nations Championship led to Morocco pulling its team out of the event. But Algeria is likely to be the main loser, as the spat has boosted Morocco's chances of hosting the more prestigious 2025 Africa Cup of Nations football fiesta.
After months of bad blood between FIFA and some African federation members, the head of the international football organisation wants to take advantage of South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe's arrival at the head of the Confederation of African Football to exert greater control of the game on the continent.