BERLIN/N'DJAMENA/BAMAKO | | malitschadnigeria

BERLIN/N'DJAMENA/BAMAKO (Own report) - Berlin is using today's visit of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari to enhance its rapidly growing military influence in West Africa. Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Africa early this week has already revealed Germany's growing military importance on the African continent. According to reports, a "change" can already be noted, particularly in Mali. Traditionally within France's exclusive sphere of influence, the EU, "fundamentally under German leadership," is now increasingly determining that country's development. The German government is also expanding the Bundeswehr's activities and the supply of military hardware to Niger and Chad, along with the construction of a military base in Niger's capital Niamey. Berlin is also seeking to obtain influence in the war against Boko Haram in Nigeria. The first accords on support measures had already been reached with Nigeria last year. Germany is enhancing its network of influence in West Africa by increasing the deployment of expeditionary troops, the establishment of military bases and by supplying military aid. This could possibly reduce France's traditional political and military predominance in its former colonies. more…

KHARTUM/N'DJAMENA/PARIS/BERLIN | | tschadsudanfrankreich

KHARTUM/N'DJAMENA/PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the UN's decision to deploy troops to Sudan, war mongers in Berlin are pushing for German participation. German foreign policy specialists from the opposition, as well as, from circles close to the ruling CDU Party are calling for Germany showing a presence in the Western Sudanese province of Darfur, at least with military observers or high ranking officers. Because of a French offensive in Darfur, destined to strengthen the French standing in Eastern Africa, but in contravention to German plans, the German government is, for the moment, opposing another German military (Bundeswehr) troop deployment. Germany is rather seeking to secure its own influence via African allies. Last week Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Ghana and Nigeria, two states having a prominent role in German plans to militarily control Africa. Ghana and Nigeria are playing decisive roles with their participation in the Sudan deployment and are receiving millions in German financial aid, for the maintenance of their troops. Further militarization of the African continent is a direct consequence. more…