Action Africa

LOMÉ/OUAGADOUGOU/BERLIN | | togoburkina

LOMÉ/OUAGADOUGOU/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Foreign Ministry has presented a new continental political program to aid in its struggle to obtain hegemony over Africa. Over the past 3 days the 20 million Euro program, "Action Africa," was introduced in three West African States. The program consists of proposals in the realm of education, culture and sports and will contribute to Germany's advantage over its rivals among the world powers on this continent rich in resources. One of the proposals is the establishment of new German schools abroad, to orient the nation's future elite toward Germany. In the framework of these projects, Berlin wants to send more soccer coaches to these poverty-stricken African nations - a step, political advisors see as an integrating mechanism for controlling the poverty-stricken African populations. Last Monday, during his tour in West Africa, the German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier attempted to abate tensions that, over the past 15 years, had soured relations to Germany's former colony Togo. Only 3 years ago demonstrators violently attacked the Goethe Institute in Lomé, in protest of German support of the Togolese opposition. In Togo and Burkina Faso, where the foreign minister stopped Tuesday, Germany stands in competition with its most important EU partner, France, and is therefore using its "Action Africa". more…