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Brexit vote irreversible, say EU leaders

Five days after the UK voted to leave the EU, the bloc’s leaders decided at a meeting in Brussels on 28 June to wait before starting the legal process for Brexit, but they insisted there was no alternative to Brexit.There was no “clamour” to trigger Article 50, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, referring to the EU treaty clause that …

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Brexit: Africans in the UK share their views

Despite the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the “Leave” campaign, not all British citizens of African decent believe that the UK should remain in the EU.The eyes of the world are on the UK this week as it heads into its historic referendum to decide whether voters want Britain to leave the European Union (Brexit) or remain a member of the …

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INTERVIEW: “Confederation is the only way to free Nigeria from the imperial clutches holding it down”

Maazi Chukwuma Eze is the National Co-ordinator of Ndi Igbo Germany (NIG). Ndi Igbo means Igbo people, one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria. The businessman, who is the proprietor of EZE Motors and EZE Shipping Service in Hanover, talks about the Nigerian economy, the performance of the one-year old Buhari administration, Igbo self-determination agitations and the situation …

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Why Black people in Britain should vote for Europe, by British-Nigerian politician Festus Akinbusoye

British-Nigerian politician Festus Akinbusoye on why he’ll be voting for Britain to remain in Europe, when the country goes to the polls on 23 June.The only thing more irresponsible than keeping quiet about the likelihood of negative economic impacts of a Brexit is to pretend there won’t be any real impact at all. It is quite disingenuous of some in …

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14,000 companies in Germany can’t find trainees

An increasing number of apprenticeships in Germany, one of the cornerstones in on-the-job training, remain unfilled, the country’s federation of chambers of commerce said on 14 June, adding that refugees were not yet making up for the shortfall. “The situation on the traineeship market is becoming increasingly acute,” the head of the DIHK federation, Eric Schweitzer, told a news conference.DIHK, …

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How parents can strengthen Black children against racism

There should be no place for racism in any civilised society. To fight it should be everybody’s duty, but parents in particular should be bound to take more responsibility for their children’s education, since they naturally play a crucial role in their social development.Adapting to this challenge, parents of children of African origin in Berlin, organised in an association called …

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African women in Europe to meet in Düsseldorf

African women from across Europe will gather in the western German city of Düsseldorf on 18 June. Organised by African Women in Europe (AWE) Network under the theme Leadership & Integration for Change, the one-day event will feature discussions on issues affecting African women, their career development and the opportunities for professional advancement.Among the speakers billed to speak at the …

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Nigerian hairdresser talks about her life in the Czech Republic

Humanitas Afrika launched a creative initiative last year to promote positive Africa in the Czech Republic. Around Africa in a Month is a platform of constructive dialogue to discuss serious issues that showcase the various contributions that the African Diaspora communities are making to the development of Africa and Europe. In this first interview in a series, Martha Ronke Ayorinde …

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We‘re Germans too

One hundred groups meet in Berlin, call for change in the discussion of migration issuesThey take our jobs. They put pressure on our social services. They bring war, diseases and uncivilised social practices. They degrade our culture and threaten our societies. Everything was better before they arrived… These are just a few of the myths about migrants and refugees that …

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Celebrating its tenth year anniversary, Ortel Mobile offers its customers a 10-gigabyte flat rate for the first time*

Düsseldorf, April 2016 – Ortel Mobile connects people in different countries. To mark its ten-year anniversary, the telecommunications company is now offering a 10-gigabyte Internet flat rate in its range of products.Nowadays, mobile data is more important than ever for staying in contact with loved ones – whether viewing a video from friends or family on Facebook while you’re on …

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Hollande withdraws bill to revoke French nationality of terrorists

The controversial bill passed by French parliament in February making it possible to revoke the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges has been withdrawn by President Francois Hollande. The action followed the rejection of the bill by the Senate on 30 March.The bill, presented by Prime minister Manuel Valls in the wake of the Paris attacks of last November, …

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Europe has to deal with the causes of migration from Africa, Eric Chinje

Eric Chinje, the chief executive of the Nairobi-headquartered African Media Initiative, was in Germany recently and took part at the conference Media and Migration: Perspectives from Africa – Challenges for Europe, held at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism in Dortmund.In an exclusive interview with our correspondent Ousainou Bayo, Chinje talks about a plethora of issues ranging from the …

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Edo indigenes in Europe endorse Obaseki

Efosa Ogieriakhi mobilises diaspora Nigerians for Edo governorship electionA group of Europe-based indigenes from Edo State, Nigeria, has endorsed the governorship aspiration of Godwin Obaseki, a member of the governing All Progressives Congress, and pledged to campaign for him at the forthcoming election in the state later in the year. The decision was made in Berlin in March at a …

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Gambia powers on despite challenges

Our correspondent Ousainou  Bayo was recently in Brussels to attend the 51st National Day celebrations hosted by the country’s ambassador to the European Union. He reports.The Gambian ambassador to the European Union, Her Excellency Mrs Teneng Mba Jaiteh, has invited friends of The Gambia and travel enthusiasts to visit the country. “The Gambia prides itself as a choice destination for …

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German Minister Böhmer meets female African Ambassadors

 Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Maria Böhmer, recently met the female Ambassadors from Africa in Berlin to discuss topical foreign policy issues. The get-together at Villa Borsig initially focused on the growing threat posed by terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al Shabab, as well as flight and migration, the role of women …

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Touring Africa in Prague

Humanitas Afrika has launched a creative initiative to promote positive Africa in the Czech Republic. Around Africa in a Month is a current affairs programme and a platform of constructive dialogue held on the last Friday of every month to discuss serious issues that touch on the development of the African continent and showcase the various contributions that the African …

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Interview with Gambia’s ambassador to the EU, HE Teneng Mba Jaiteh

“We will also encourage the Diaspora to engage the mission”In an exclusive interview with our correspondent Ousainou Bayo, Gambia’s ambassador to the European Union, HE Mrs Teneng Mba Jaiteh (pictured), talks about the challenges of her work, the focus of her country’s foreign policy and what the The Gambia is doing to attract more foreign investment and tourists, among other …

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