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German cooperation ′remains critical′ for African countries | Germany | DW.COM | 30.04.2016

German Foreign Minister Franz-Walter Steinmeier is scheduled to visit West Africa next week. Does Germany have a concrete strategy for political and economic cooperation with the continent?

German politicians continue to express huge interest in Africa. Chancellor Angela Merkel recently hosted the Kenyan and Mozambican presidents in Berlin, and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (with Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey above) will be traveling to Niger and Mali in May. These can now be added to the more than a dozen African countries that Steinmeier has already visited.

“There is a growing interest in cooperation with Africa,” said Christine Hackenesch from the German Development Institute. “This is because of the economic growth in Africa over the past few years.” At the same time, the refugee crisis has also brought the region into focus.

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Steinmeier addressing a recent German-Africa Business Summit in Berlin

The former president of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Robert Kappel, has criticized German strategy on Africa. He has looked specifically into this relationship over the past couple of years.”The strategy papers do not reflect the significant changes that have taken place on the continent,” he said, adding that Germany needed better policies to address security issues and the refugee crisis…

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