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Germany: AfD rebukes Jens Maier over racist tweet about Noah Becker

AfD federal lawmaker Jens Maier has been warned by his party over a racist tweet about the son of tennis legend Boris Becker. But Maier, who called Noah Becker a “half-negro,” can remain in the party. The national executive of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Monday officially reprimanded Bundestag member Jens Maier over a racist tweet …

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Germany: African Community calls for massive turnout at Oury Jalloh memorial protest

The Initiative in Memory of Oury Jalloh (Initiative zum Gedenken an Oury Jalloh) and its supporters will demonstrate for the thirteenth time in Dessau on Sunday to commemorate the death of Oury Jalloh, who died in police custody in the eastern German town on 7 January 2005. The memorial event, which takes place on Sunday, 7 January 2018, will also …

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Germany signs economic partnership agreement with Ghana

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed a multi-million dollar partnership deal with Ghana on his first trip to Africa since taking office. Germany hopes the accord might help curb migration to Europe. Germany has agreed to grant Ghana $118 million (€100 million) to promote renewable energies, energy efficiency and vocational training. The two countries signed the “Investment and Reform Partnership” agreement …

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German President Steinmeier visits Ghana and Gambia

Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, will travel to Ghana and Gambia on 11-14 December 2017 on state visits. He will be accompanied by a delegation, including the Federal Minister for Economy and Energy, Mrs Brigitte Zypries, the Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, the State Minister at the German Foreign Office, Maria …

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Deutsche Welle launches discussion platform for Africa’s youth

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) kicks off its “The 77 percent” project to give young Africans under 35 a platform to share their voices, writes Claus Stäcker, Head of DW’s Africa Service 77 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa are younger than 35, according to the World Bank. They go to school, study, look for jobs. They want …

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Opinion: EU-Africa summit ends with empty words

From 29-30 November, 55 African and 28 European government representatives came together in Abidjan to adopt a new strategy for Africa. Despite the expectations, the end result was an utter disappointment, writes Barbara Wesel of the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, DW. This huge gathering of leaders in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic hub, Abidjan, was an ambitious event. Soldiers, gala dinners, …

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Billions to be spent unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit of Africa

As the EU-Africa Summit (29-30 November) kicks off in the Ivorian main city of Abidjan, a plan will be presented which analysts believe will spark an investment boom in Africa to generate employment for the continent’s youths. Chris Bishop* explains the plan and the challenges it faces. An effort that hopes to draw billions in investment in Africa from Europe …

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EU-Africa: Time for a new partnership

A high-level conference hosted by the European Parliament on 22 November in Brussels has highlighted the need to improve EU-Africa relations, reports Andreas Rogal*. Exactly a week before the start of the fifth EU-Africa summit – between the European Union and the African Union – in Abidjan, the European Parliament hosted a high-level conference on EU-Africa relations, ‘Towards a renewed …

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Libyan migration crisis likely to dominate Africa-EU summit

The recent CNN report showing African migrants being traded as slaves in Libya has sparked an international outcry and will likely dominate this week’s African-EU summit in Cote d’Ivoire, report Nikolaj Nielsen and Caterina Tani (EUobserver). The EU is aiming to launch a new and more profound relationship with Africa as leaders gather in Côte d’Ivoire this week. The two-day EU-Africa summit …

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EU-Africa Summit 2017 holds in Abidjan

The African Union–European Union Summit, an institutional framework established to discuss relationships between both continents, convenes for its 5th edition in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire. African and European Heads of State and Government will gather for the 5th EU-Africa Summit on 29-30 November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Summits, which take place every three years alternatively in …

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Uganda’s Nicholas Opiyo receives German Africa Prize in Berlin

Nicholas Opiyo received the prestigious German Africa Prize on Thursday at a solemn ceremony in the Allianz Forum at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Opiyo, founder of the human rights organization “Chapter Four Uganda”, has worked tirelessly since 2005 to defend civil liberties in Uganda, often for free and on behalf of society’s most vulnerable and marginalized. The award was …

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Germany honours Ugandan lawyer in Berlin

The Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo will be conferred with the 2017 German Africa Prize on Wednesday (25 November) in Berlin. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will present the prestigious award to Opiyo at a ceremony that will be attended by members of the Berlin diplomatic community as well as high-ranking officials of the German government. The German Africa Foundation which …

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Germany displaces US as country with best global image

A new survey ranks Germany as having the best global image, reports Deutsche Welle. Germany has replaced the United States as the country with the best “brand image,” according to a new study of 50 countries released Thursday. The Nation Brands Index (NBI) survey by German-based market research firm GfK and the British political consultant Simon Anholt measured public opinion …

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German police arrest Nigerians for smuggling in women and forcing them into prostitution

Police have detained six Nigerian in Ruhrgebiet who they allege have smuggled women into the country and forced them into prostitution. The police in the West German city of Oberhausen have arrested a couple from Nigeria who they alleged have smuggled women from Nigeria into the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) in order to force them into prostitution. Also four more suspects …

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UN Climate Change Conference 2017 opens in Bonn

The signatories to the landmark Paris climate treaty will meet for two weeks in Germany beginning tomorrow to prepare discussions on how to implement their promises. The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on Monday (6 November) in the western German city of Bonn, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global …

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