Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for greater commitment from the Malian government to ensure peace. So far so good, but that’s not enough, says Daniel Pelz. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk »

Niger – Germany opens new military camp in Niger

2018/12/11 – The German defense minister has called Niger a strategic partner « in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration. » Nearly 900 German troops are deployed in the Sahel region, including 40 in Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Germany opens new military camp in Niger »

Saudi Arabia makes $1bn bid for partnership with South African defence group Denel #Defence #Germany

2018/08/11 – Saudi Arabia has made a $1-billion bid for a broad partnership with South African State-owned defence group Denel that would include the acquisition of a minority stake in a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall, a source familiar with the offer said.Currently heavily dependent on imports, Saudi Arabia, the world’s third-largest defence spender, is seeking partnerships to develop its own domestic defence industry with the goal of localising half of its military spending by 2030. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Arabia makes $1bn bid for partnership with South African defence group Denel #Defence #Germany »

Niger – Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

2018/05/2018 – Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU’s security mission in the country said Thursday. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration »

UK/Africa – Why British PM Theresa May isolated Uganda on Africa visit (Opinion/Harold Kaija )

2018/02/10 – The British PM Theresa May was in Africa to cultivate economic partnerships with Africa in what she called “Shared Prosperity.” This is ahead of the UK’s Exit from the European Union. Premier May visited Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Her visit was followed shortly by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. Again, business and economic partnerships were high on the agenda. Continuer à lire … « UK/Africa – Why British PM Theresa May isolated Uganda on Africa visit (Opinion/Harold Kaija ) »

Opinion: Angela Merkel in Africa — A transparent tour

2018/09/02 – Thanks to her migration policy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a popular figure in Africa. But her tour to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria was primarily for her voters back home, says Claus Stäcker. Continuer à lire … « Opinion: Angela Merkel in Africa — A transparent tour »

Business and migration to shape Merkel‘s trip to West Africa

2018/08/29 – Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal are the three countries on Merkel’s upcoming trip to Africa. Her itinerary is filled with business and trade meetings but migration is also expected to be on the agenda. Continuer à lire … « Business and migration to shape Merkel‘s trip to West Africa »