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Position Paper Euromun Conference 2019

Committee:      WTO

Country:          Belgium

Name:             Katarina Körner


Topic A: Identifying and Enforcing the Obligations of Former Colonial Empires towards Former Colonies

Even though Belgium itself is a comparably small and landlocked country, it has been a strong colonial power and the legacy of its rulership still impacts the current politics and economic development. In the late 19th century, the geographical focus shifted and Belgium motivated, together with various other European nations, the Scramble for Africa. With regard to Belgian motives for colonialism, their only recently gained own independence in 1830 played a crucial role. A decisive man, King Leopold II declared that colonial power could enhance Belgian wealth and prestige in the world. However, it was not until 1908, when Belgium’s time of colon...

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