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Foreign Minister Steinmeier to be Germany’s next president

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is poised to become Germany’s next president, after the two main parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand right-left coalition agreed to back his nomination, party sources said Monday.Party leaders have been wrangling for months over whom to nominate as a potential successor to President Joachim Gauck, a 76-year-old former pastor from the former communist East Germany …

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Nigerians in Europe elect new leader

Kenneth Gbandi has been elected the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE). The election took place at the weekend in Athens, Greece, during the annual general meeting of the body.The event was graced by, among others, Hon. Rita Odichimma Orji, Chairperson of the Federal House of Representatives’ Committee on Diaspora Affairs, …

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German ministry wants migrants stopped at sea and returned to Africa

Germany’s interior ministry reportedly wants people seeking international protection stopped at sea and returned to north Africa to then apply for asylum in the EU.A spokesperson for the ministry told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday (6 November) that the plan would save lives and undermine a lucrative smuggling trade.“The goal must be to remove the basis for people-smuggling …

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“The Diaspora has a great role to play in taking Nigeria to where we all desire it to be,” says Kenneth Gbandi, president of NIDO Germany

The Hamburg-based communal politician, journalist, business consultant and media entrepreneur spoke in an exclusive interview with Femi Awoniyi in Berlin on the challenges facing NIDO, how Nigeria can attract more German investment and how best President Muhammadu Buhari should handle Biafra agitation and the Niger-Delta militants. He also talked about his aspiration to the chair of NIDO Europe and what he plans to do to bring about a more active Diaspora involvement in national development.

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France dismantles Calais migrant camp, 7000 inhabitants to be resettled

The French authorities, helped by more than 3,000 police, have begun to dismantle a massive migrant camp near the northern French port of Calais.There were some clashes on Sunday (23 October), with dozens of people throwing rocks at police officers, who replied by shooting tear gas.But on Monday morning, many of the camp’s estimated 7,000 inhabitants calmly queued at reception …

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International Congress on Ovaherero and Nama Genocides holds in Berlin

Under the theme Restorative Justice after Genocide, the German NGO community meets descendants of the victims of the Ovaherero and Nama genocides 1904-1908 from all over the world on 14-16 October in Berlin.The conference is organised by Berlin Postkolonial in cooperation with AfricAvenir International, the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation (OGF), the Nama Technical Committee on Genocide, the Association of the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu …

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Xenophobia ‘a threat’ to peace in eastern Germany, says federal government

Growing xenophobia and right-wing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany, the government has warned [], voicing fears over the impact of a series of attacks on refugees in the region.In a new report presented in Berlin on 21 September, urging mainstream society to take a stronger stand against anti-migrant action, it highlighted a worrying trend — that in many …

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Merkel admits mistakes as anti-migrant party surges in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday that there would be no repeat of last year’s “chaotic” border opening to refugees, after a stinging loss for her party in Berlin elections. Even as she defended the “political and ethical” decision to let in one million asylum seekers in 2015 in the face of a potential humanitarian catastrophe, Merkel admitted mistakes that …

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Germany: Merkel defends refugee stance after poll defeat, pledges to rebuild trust

Angela Merkel has vowed to “win back trust” after her party suffered a humiliating defeat against the anti-migrant AfD in state elections. The result has been blamed on voter disenchantment with her refugee policy.German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended her government’s handling of the refugee crisis, but said the poor election result showed there was work to be done …

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African women in Europe on the move

African women from across Europe and guests from Africa gathered recently at the prestigious Maritim Hotel in the western German city of Dusseldorf. The conference with the theme “Leadership and Integration for Change” was attended by more than hundred participants.The meeting was organised by African Women in Europe ( AWE ). Founded in 2008 by Joy Wanjiru Zenz and Wambui …

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Frankfurt’s conference deliberates on promoting greater women political participation in Africa and in the Diaspora

Maisha e.V. hosted the International Conference on Political Participation of Migrant Women in Frankfurt recently. The event, featuring podium discussions and workshops, explored how women of African descent, migrant women in Germany and even refugees could better be involved in the political process to champion their interests.The conference was organised in collaboration with ASA, a programme of Engagement Global gGmbH, …

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Majority of Germans don’t blame Merkel’s refugee policy for recent terror attacks: poll

A large majority of Germans do not blame Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy for two attacks last month carried out by asylum seekers, according to a poll. Both attacks were claimed by “Islamic State.”The Berlin-based pollster Forsa found that 69 percent of respondents do not believe there is a link between the two attacks claimed by “IS” in the southern …

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Why Germany will maintain openness to refugees despite terror attacks

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the attacks in Wurzburg and Ansbach as “Islamic terror” but assured that the country will continue to offer refuge to those fleeing war and political persecution.The attacks were shocking, distressing and depressing, the Chancellor said at a press conference in Berlin today (28 July). “Taboos of civilisation are being broken,” she said, referring to a …

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British Muslims top generosity charts with Ramadan donations

British Muslims are the most generous charity-givers, according to the UK’s Charity Commission, which says Muslims gave about £100 million to charities over the month of Ramadan alone.The news confirms Muslims’ reputation as being the most generous religious group when it comes to charitable donations. The Charity Commission’s Nick Donaldson described the £100 million as being the equivalent of £38 …

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Europeans worry migrant influx increases risk of terrorism, poll shows

About half of Europeans fear the arrival of refugees raises the risk of attacks in their countries, a survey published on Monday found, and many, especially in the east, see them as a burden on their economy.Washington-based Pew Research Center found the share of people believing that “refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism in our country” was, among others, …

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