- Simon Allison
In an uncharacteristic fit of optimism, the European Union has praised Zimbabwe’s political reform and lifted some sanctions against top Zanu-PF members. This hasn’t made them any new friends, however. Zanu’s annoyed because they didn’t lift all the sanctions, South Africa is frustrated because Europe’s still not listening, and most analysts can’t figure out what the EU is so encouraged by. By SIMON ALLISON.