The single-currency zone, stretching from Senegal to the Central African Republic, links eight countries and 123 million people. Will it survive if the Euro crashes?
The Southern African Development Community will not call on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to cede power. But by insisting on fair elections, it may push Mugabe into a corner nonetheless.
Although it slumped because of the global economic crisis and the post-election violence, Nairobi's manufacturing center is once again expanding.
A holiday season roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region: women march in the Congo for more legal action against rapists, Rwandan journalists petition for changes to defamation laws, and Al Shabab remains a threat in Burundi.
Two days after President Paul Kagame won a smooth Rwanda election, a grenade attack rocked the capital, Kigali. Such incidents demonstrate the need for Mr. Kagame's authoritarian style, say his supporters.
International mediators are arriving in Kenya to help end the political standoff after last week's disputed vote.