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Chancellor Merkel’s party wins German state election

Germany’s Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) party won Saarland’s state election on Sunday, with 40.7 percent, far ahead of the Social-Democratic Party (SPD), with 29.6 percent.The closely-watched election in the small, western state, which was the first since Martin Schulz became SDP leader, was seen as a test for him and CDU’s Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the September general elections.“We campaigned …

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Finding humour in racism

To mark the European Action Week against Racism (18-26 March), civil society groups, educational institutions and city governments are carrying out activities to protest against racism and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies. To commemorate the week, our contributing editor Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner, writing from Vienna, narrates a story that will make you laugh and then feel pity for racists.Who …

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Nigeria’s Senate President in Berlin, Assures of Solution to Economic Crisis

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has assured his compatriots abroad that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was working assiduously to solve the myriad problems the country is confronted with.Saraki was speaking when he met representatives of the Nigerian community in Berlin. He assured the gathering that the National Assembly was well alive to its responsibilities …

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South African advocate for Apartheid victims wins German award

This year’s Anne Klein Women’s Award from Germany’s Heinrich Böll Foundation goes to South African Nomarussia Bonase, who fights for Apartheid victims still waiting for compensation. DW journalist Thuso Khumalo has met her.Nomarussia Bonase, aged 50, celebrated winning the Anne Klein Women’s Award by singing and dancing with her family and supporters, both young and old, on the street outside …

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Tunisia to receive German aid for taking back its deported citizens

Germany and Tunisia have made a deal on immigration and development aid. Under the agreement reached after talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Beji Essebsi in the Tunisian capital, the North African country will take back its citizens whose asylum applications have been turned down by Germany. Berlin will reward Tunis with generous development aid.“We have agreed with Tunisia …

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German Chancellor Merkel visits Egypt and Tunisia to curb migration from Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel starts a two-day trip to Egypt and Tunisia on Thursday (2 March), part of her push to limit migrant flows to Europe through North Africa, especially chaos-torn Libya.Since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has lacked a national government, which has made it the main gateway for African migrants heading for the 28-member EU on …

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UN team on racism now in Germany; Africans called to come out and meet the investigators

Human rights experts began on Monday (20 February) the first United Nations investigation of the situation of people of African descent in Germany. Black community representative, Elisabeth Kaneza, is calling on Africans to come out and meet the UN experts, who are scheduled to hold Town Hall Meetings in five cities across the country.In Germany, people of African origin are …

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G20 foreign ministers meet in Bonn, discuss poverty in Africa

G20 foreign ministers will discuss ways to fight poverty in Africa, strengthen governmental institutions and better utilise the potential of many African countries, German ministry officials said on the eve of a two-day meeting (16-17 February) in Bonn.G20 comprises 19 major industrialised and emerging economies and the European Union.Germany, keen to improve conditions in Africa and halt a growing stream of …

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UN team visits Germany to investigate racism against Africans

A UN expert group will visit Germany from 20-27 February to investigate the human rights situation of people of African descent in the country.The visit is taking place within the framework of the International Decade of People of African Descent (2015–2024), which highlights the human rights situation of the African Diaspora worldwide and aims to fight racial discrimination against them …

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Nigerian arrested in German city of Göttingen for plotting terror attacks

Two Muslims suspected of planning terror attacks in Germany have been arrested during widespread raid against radical Islamists.Police in the town of Göttingen, the state of Lower Saxon (Niedersachsen), arrested the two men suspected of plotting a terror attack on Wednesday evening, officials announced on Thursday (9 February).The men arrested, a 27-year-old Algerian and a 23-year-old Nigerian, are members of …

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12,000 Nigerians in Germany to be deported

More than 12,000 Nigerian asylum seekers in Germany face deportation, it was disclosed yesterday (7 February). The Global Head of Programme, Migration and Development at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, made the disclosure when he visited the Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja. Sanftenberg …

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Why I see Africa as a continent of hope, by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

The new Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has expressed his hopeful optimism for Africa. He spoke of the continent’s promise and vast potential at a press conference on 31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after attending the 28th African Union Summit.For the record, below is the full text of his remarkable statement:Far too often, the world views Africa …

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EU leaders back Italian-Libyan deal to stem immigration from Africa

EU leaders have endorsed on Friday (3 February) an Italian agreement signed the day before with Libya, aimed at stopping the flow of migrants into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.Italy already on Thursday pledged money, training and equipment to help the UN-backed Libyan government curb migration in a memorandum of understanding that Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Seraj signed in Rome …

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US court halts implementation of Trump’s order banning Muslim travellers

A federal judge has blocked part of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, ruling that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries who have already arrived in the US and those who are in transit and who hold valid visas, cannot be deported from the US.“There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable …

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UK court rejects Niger Delta oil spill claims by Nigerians against Shell

A British court has rejected the pollution claims against Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell by residents of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region demanding compensation for decades of oil spills there.Members of the Ogale and Bille communities, who say thousands of lives have been devastated by environmental disasters from the global company, had applied for the case to be heard in Britain, arguing …

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Trump bans visitors from three African countries and four others to the US

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, 27 January suspending refugee arrivals and imposing tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries.The order imposed a 120-day suspension of the entire US Refugee Admissions Program and a 90-day ban on all entry to the United States from countries with “terrorism concerns”.The State Department said the three-month ban …

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