(From L-R) Spain's PM Jose Luis Zapatero, Ethiopia’s PM Meles Zenawi, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.[AFP]
80 European and African leaders conclude a two-day summit in Lisbon by signing a pact promoting free trade and democracy. The summit is labeled as a "partnership between equals" to replace the old pattern of donor states scattering their wealth among developing countries.

Can it be a partnership between equals despite the disparity or is Europe forced to change its approach to resourceful Africa because of competition from China and other Asian countries?

We also discuss the thorny issues between Europe and Africa and look at the possible solutions based on a new European approach.

Find out on Inside Story at 17:30GMT

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This episode of Inside Story aired on Sunday, December 09, 2007

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