AFRICA: Happy Impulse, Second Thoughts

In an age when Foreign Offices employ batteries of experts, trade specialists, speechwriters and paper sorters who glory in their settled ways, nations rarely act any more on carefree impulse. Thus, international surprise was the first reaction to last week's merger of Ghana (formerly a British colony on the Gold Coast) with Guinea, which until two months ago was a French colony. The second reaction last week in London and Paris was shock.

Lord Beaverbrook's London Daily Express accused Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana of trying "to sneak Guinea into the Commonwealth by the back door," while the Paris press...

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