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July 2, 2012

Will Europe Ever See A Black Prime Minister or President?

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Written by: Erik Kambel

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n 2008, Europe debated whether it was possible for a black person to become President, or Prime minister of a European country. But the deep economic crisis, the turmoil in the Arab world and the London riots seem to have overshadowed the debate. In the 2008 video below, political leaders and ordinary citizens talk about the possibility of a black Obama.

This year it’s election year in the US and although the black European president debate has subsided, the UK has now more Black Parliament members than ever. And France is now the first European country with a large black population to have black cabinet members. Also worth mention is that in Poland, John Abraham Godson became Poland’s first black member of Parliament.

The political leaders who appeared in the 2008 video below now hold different positions. In 2008, Baroness Scotland of Asthal was the Attorney General. Now she is a member of the House of Lords. Louis-Georges Tin was a spokesman for the CRAN; now he is the new chairman of the CRAN. George Pau-Langevin was a member of Parliament representing Paris; today she is a junior Minister for Educational success in the French Cabinet.

Do you think it’s possible for a European nation to elect a black leader?


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, left to right. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Azipaybarah