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Open Letter to Angela Merkel: Thanks – and more please


Academic Babatunde Fagbayibo, associate professor of law at the University of South Africa, offers thanks – and a number of apologies – to the German chancellor, and fantasises about the kind of building that would really work for Africans. Donated, of course.


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EAC funding under threat as donors object to Nkurunziza’s third term

As Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza begins his controversial third term in office, the whole of East Africa will soon feel the effects of a donor freeze occasioned by his decision to extend his stay in power.

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In Germany, are some refugees more equal than others?

Family gatherings can be a pleasant but occasionally dreadful experience. At one such dinner three weeks ago, my grandmother’s cousin complained to us about the, in her opinion, never-ending flow of refugees and asylum-seekers to Germany and, in particular, her local municipality. “It’s only a matter of time before these young men start raping our girls”, she declared shamelessly. “But, of course, I don’t mind Syrian families, they can stay here!”, she added apologetically. In Germany, this reveals a simple truth: all refugees are equal, but some refugees are more equal than others.

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German Development Cooperation Piggybacks Onto Africa’s E-Boom

Berlin – In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a ’Digital Africa’.

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Germany Suspends Development Cooperation with Burundian Government

In a statement released yesterday, the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation and Development (BMZ) announced the suspension of bilateral development cooperation with Burundi. This decision confirms what Thomas Silberhorn, the German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, said last week to Afronline and Infos Grands Lacs, when he expressed his concern over the situation in Burundi, stating that “there will be consequences” as “we cannot go on with business as usual”.

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Interview with Thomas Silberhorn: Trust and Confidence Are Crucial to Reach a Global Partnership on SDGs

“Serious attention must be paid to emerging economies on the SDGs’ negotiations, but at the same time they must also take on their responsibilities in a globalised economy”, Thomas Silberhorn, the German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, told Afronline in an interview released at the European Development Days (EDD15) in Brussels. “We need to find a common understanding that the way we are living and working in the industrialised world is not sustainable”. Mr. Silberhorn also discusses the German government’s Charter For The Future presented at the #EDD15 and the ongoing crisis in Burundi.

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