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Senate President Saraki leads senators on three-day trip to Germany

Senate President Bukola Saraki will on Tuesday lead a five-man delegation on a three-day visit to Bundestag, the German parliament.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser on media and publicity to the senate president, disclosed this in a statement.

Olaniyonu said the visit is aimed at promoting economic relations between Nigeria and Germany, as well as for the purpose of peer review.

He added that the delegation would also meet German-African business groups

Members of the delegation include Bala Ibn Na’allah, deputy leader of the senate; Monsurat Sunmonu, chairman, foreign affairs committee; Enyinnaya Abaribe, chairman, committee on power; and Abubakar Kyari, chairman, committee on defense.

The visit will commence with a trip to a German village, Feldheim, which was the first community in the country to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in renewable energy.

“This will enable the Nigerian delegation to learn a few things on how to resolve the nation’s perennial energy crisis,” Olaniyonu said.

“The senators will at different times meet with Dreye, the president of the Bundestag, Johannes Singhammer, her deputy, Thomas Silberhorn, the parliamentary state secretary in charge of the federal ministry for economic co-operation and development, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Walter J. Lindener, head of Julius Berger, and, Ralf Wieland, president of the Berlin house of representatives.

“They will also hold discussions with economic representatives of the German-African business association, the parliamentary friendship group for relations with the English and Portuguese speaking states of west and central Africa of the Bundestag and attend plenary of the German parliament.

“The legislators, apart from visiting important legislative institutions in Berlin, will hold discussions with Nigerian embassy officials and discuss possible ways of engaging with the German authorities to further attract German investment into Nigeria and improve economic relations between both countries.”


Source: The Cable

Average Of 10 Attacks Daily On Germany Migrants – German Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry in Germany says nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in the country every day in 2016.

According to the figures released, a total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children.

The preliminary statistics were released on Sunday in response to a parliamentary question.

Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their homes, while about 1,000 attacks were carried out in their homes.

Sources said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open up Germany to people fleeing conflict and persecution has polarised the country and boosted hate crime.

Germany has been contending with a backlog of asylum applications amid fears about security, following a series of terrorist attacks across Europe.

The issue is expected to feature prominently in the September parliamentary elections.

Germany to deploy more troops to Mali

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the deployment of eight attack and transport helicopters as well as 350 additional soldiers to Mali as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission, sources told Reuters.


The helicopters will replace those of the Dutch army, and the additional troops will service and maintain the fleet.


After the deployment, Germany will have some 1,000 soldiers in Mali taking part in the 15,000-strong U.N. mission that oversees a peace deal agreed in 2015 between the government and rebels.


The additional deployments will have to be approved by the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament.

The four attack helicopters and a similar number of transport machines will stay in Mali until mid-2018.

Some 100 peacekeepers have died in Mali, where France launched a military operation in 2013 to push back Islamists who a year earlier had hijacked an ethnic Tuareg uprising in the north of the country.


The cabinet has also approved the extension of a mission in northern Iraq, where some 150 soldiers have been training Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State. That mandate also requires parliamentary approval.

Cologne police detain 100s of ‘African’ men over New Year.

Police in Cologne say they’ve detained hundreds of men “seemingly of African descent” as part of operations to prevent a repeat of the attacks seen in the German city a year ago.


Cologne police say the men were detained at two main train stations so that officers could question them and check their identities.


Authorities fielded over 1,500 officers across Cologne for New Year’s celebrations in response to criticism that they failed to stop hundreds of robberies and sexual assaults — blamed largely on men of North African origin — last year.


Some revelers this year complained on Twitter that police appeared to be detaining people based on their appearance alone.


By early Sunday police had received reports of two women being sexually assaulted in Cologne. One man was arrested

Germany names Berlin attack suspect, offers €100,000 bounty.

German authorities on Wednesday named the suspect in the Christmas market truck attack as Anis Amri, and offered a reward of up to 100,000 Euros (104,000 dollars) for information leading to his arrest.


The 24-year-old Tunisian, who had three aliases and came to Germany in July 2015, is the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt as the main suspect in the attack, which killed 12 people and injured another 48.


He was described in official papers as 1.78 metres tall, weighing about 75 kilograms with black hair and brown eyes.


Amri was already under investigation in Germany on suspicion of planning a serious act of violence.

Rivers Poll: UK, US, Germany, France Call For Probe Of Killings

The United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright and his United States, France, Germany and the European Union counterparts, Messrs Stuart Symington, Denys Guaer, Bernhard Schlagheck and Micheal Arrion respectively, yesterday called on the federal government to conduct a transparent investigation into the killings of innocent Nigerians during the just concluded Rivers re-run election.

Also yesterday, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) vowed that it would get to the root of incidences of malfeasance involving its staff, politicians and some security agents during the just concluded re-run elections in Rivers State.

This was contained in a statement, signed by the Deputy Press and Public Relations Officer of the British High Commission, Jamila Fagge, on behalf of the five envoys resident in Abuja.

The envoys also alleged wide rigging of the December 10, parliamentary re-run election in the state.

The countries who claimed to have been following proceedings before and during the election indicted some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as personnel of security agencies.

They however did not mention any politician or political party as a beneficiary of the rigging.

The envoys called for a full scale investigation of the allegations as well as the death of some civilians and police officials with a view to bringing them to book and serve as deterrent to others in future elections.

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Female German minister REFUSES to wear a hijab during visit to Saudi Arabia

A German minister has refused to wear a hijab during a visit to Saudi Arabia – saying women should have the same right to choose their clothing as men.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s stand came a week after Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the burka to be banned.

Von der Leyen was in Riyadh to meet Saudi deputy crown prince  Salman Al-Saud, where she voiced her annoyance at the expectation that women cover up.

Ursula von der Leyen wore a suit when she was received by the Vice Regent and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, in the Divan Palace

Ursula von der Leyen wore a suit when she was received by the Vice Regent and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, in the Divan Palace

The German minister voiced her annoyance at the expectation that women should wear traditional clothing when visiting the country

The German minister voiced her annoyance at the expectation that women should wear traditional clothing when visiting the country

But she shunned traditional Saudi attire, opting instead for a dark blue suit.

Her decision sparked anger on Twitter in Saudi Arabia, Al Bawaba reported.

Speaking of her refusal to wear full-length robes, known as the abaya, Das Bild reports, she said: ‘No woman in my delegation has to wear the Abaya.

‘The right to choose your own clothing is a right shared by men and women alike. It annoys me, when women women are to be pushed into the Abaya.’

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wore a suit as she was  received by Saudi Assistant Defence Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh at the King Salman Air Base in Riyadh

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wore a suit as she was received by Saudi Assistant Defence Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh at the King Salman Air Base in Riyadh

The newspaper reported that although servants looked ‘astonished’ at the sight of the German minister in traditional dress, it did not spark any protests.

Von der Leyen followed the example set by US First Lady Michelle Obama, who was condemned in Saudi Arabia when she went bare-headed on a visit with her husband last year.

Saudi Arabia has been criticised for its attitude to women, who are not allowed to hold driving licenses.

Last week Angela Merkel told her CDU party conference that the full veil is 'not appropriate' in Germany

Last week Angela Merkel told her CDU party conference that the full veil is ‘not appropriate’ in Germany

Last week Angela Merkel called for a burka ban, saying the ‘full veil is not appropriate’ in Germany.

The German chancellor told her conservative CDU party conference that wearing the burka should be outlawed ‘wherever that is legally possible’.

Merkel said she would back a nationwide ban just months after revealing that she believed the burka was a barrier to Muslim women becoming integrated into German society.

Germany’s ‘Mr Flirt’ Teaches Refugees How To Pick Up Women

The subject was pickup lines, and Germany’s “Mr. Flirt” offered a few examples to his class of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. “I really love the scent of your perfume,” he suggested. “You have a beautiful voice.” He invited his students to take a stab.

Essam Kadib al Ban, 20, raised his hand. “God created you only for me,” he said, then tried another: “I love you. Can I sleep over at your place?”

Horst Wenzel winced, but caught himself quickly.

“Don’t tell them you love them at least for the first three months of your relationship, or they’ll run away,” he explained patiently. “German women don’t like clinginess.”

Wenzel, 27, makes his living teaching wealthy but uptight German men how to approach women. But this year, he decided to also volunteer his skills to help Germany as it struggles to integrate more than 1 million refugees who have arrived over the past two years, most of them from war-torn Muslim countries with vastly different relations between the sexes.

“Finding a relationship is the best way to integrate, and that’s why I’m giving these classes,” Wenzel said.

Last week, in downtown Dortmund, he offered his third installment of “How to fall in love in Germany,” taking 11 young men through the paces. The students conceded they had a lot to learn.

Omar Mohammed, a shy, 24-year-old goldsmith from Syria with spiky black hair and almond-shaped eyes, said he’s attracted to German women, with their Nordic looks and punctuated accents. But they remain a mystery to him, and he has no idea how to approach them.

“It’s hard to meet a girl when you don’t speak the language well and can’t really talk to them,” he said. “There are a lot of differences, not only the culture and religion — we just don’t have this total freedom at home.”

Still, he said, “I’d love to marry a German woman and live with her. She could help me with the language, and she knows the place and the laws much better than I do.”

Some German women were receptive to the idea. Jasmin Olbrich, having a quick lunch of French fries at a food truck outside the educational center, said she liked the Middle Eastern looks and complained that German men “drink too much beer, watch way too much soccer and are just so white!”

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Germany’s Merkel Announces Bid for Fourth Term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced late on Sunday that she will run for a fourth term in office in general elections next year in order “to serve Germany … in these difficult and uncertain times.” Support for the 62-year-old Christian Democrat (CDU) – who has been in power since 2005 – has waned over the past year amid fierce criticism of her handling of the refugee crisis and the rise of a right-wing populist movement.

A dominant figure in European politics with no clear domestic rival for the chancellorship, Merkel is seen as a strong contender to win another term, which would make her one of the longest-serving chancellors in German history.

In a scheduled press conference widely expected to address the speculation surrounding her political future, Merkel said the upcoming general election would be “more difficult than any before.” German society was facing strong polarization and the political centre was facing “challenges from all sides,” she said. She said she was honoured by high expectations of what she could achieve in a possible fourth term – especially since a surprise election win for Donald Trump gave a boost to political outsiders – but said such hopes were “grotesque and downright absurd.”

The CDU’s grand coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), has not yet put forward a candidate for the chancellorship. Thomas Oppermann, head of the SPD’s parliamentary group, told dpa earlier, after she had revealed her decision to her own party: “The parliamentary election is up for grabs. Angela Merkel is no longer invincible.” Fifty-five per cent of Germans said they want to see a continuation of Merkel’s time as head of government, while 39 per cent wanted a new leader, according to an Emnid poll commissioned by the Bild tabloid on Sunday. Merkel’s candidacy comes against the backdrop of political turbulence across Europe, especially in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, and as growing populist movements siphon off support from the political centre ground.

Trump’s victory in the US election and the imminent departure of Merkel’s close ally, Barack Obama, also reheated speculation on the future of the German leader. A chancellor can serve a maximum of four years in office. CDU co-founder Konrad Adenauer held the position for 14 years, with Merkel’s one-time mentor, Helmut Kohl, holding the record at 16 years in power.

The German constitution does not limit the number of terms that a chancellor can serve.

Germany Angela Merkel to run for 4th term as Chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term in elections next year, a senior politician in her party told CNN on Tuesday.

“She will run for Chancellor,” Norbert Roettgen of the Christian Democratic Union said on CNN’s “Amanpour.”

“She is absolutely determined, willing, and ready to contribute to strengthen the international liberal order. But we can’t see the Chancellor or Germany as last man standing.”

Germans have been waiting for months for clarity on whether Merkel will pursue a fourth term in next year’s elections.

Another stint would be significant because a large part of the German electorate is looking for stability in uncertain times after the Brexit vote in Britain, the election of Donald Trump in the United States and the rise of populist movements in several European countries.

If she pursues the position, she’ll be the favourite to win, political experts say, even though she is facing some backlash over Germany’s refugee policies and the acceptance of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and other nations.

Christian Democratic Union spokesman Jochen Blind said Merkel “will announce her decision in due time.”

On the Amanpour program, Roettgen was asked whether Merkel was willing and desirous of “holding the liberal order, in the trans-Atlantic area, together.”

“The Chancellor is a cornerstone of this political concept of the West as acting as a global player. So she will run, and she will act as a responsible leader,” Roettgen said.

“But it would be impossible to rely only on one person. We need the West, and the West is indispensable.

“And this of course means fundamentally and indispensably also the participation and contribution of the strongest part of the West, and this is the United States of America.”

Speaking after Trump’s victory last week, Merkel laid out some ground rules, of sorts, for the incoming American leader.

“Germany and the United States,” she said, “are joined by common values — democracy, freedom, respect for the law and human dignity, regardless of skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political beliefs.

“Based on these values, I offer close cooperation to the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.”

In Berlin two months ago, Merkel’s party was knocked out of a ruling coalition with the center-left Social Democrats after winning just 17.6% of the vote.

Anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany entered Berlin’s state parliament for the first time after winning 14.2% of the vote.

The Berlin result marked the second recent defeat for Merkel since Germany adopted its open-door refugee policy.

But nationally she is seen as a bulwark against populism and stands for an analytical, unemotional and stable style of politics.

Merkel has acknowledged she has made mistakes with the controversial refugee policy. “If I could, I would play back time so I and the German federal government and leaders could have been better prepared,” she said.

Merkel, 62, is the daughter of a Protestant minister and was brought up in communist East Germany. She entered Germany’s parliament in the first post-unification election, serving in ministerial posts and as the leader of the opposition before she was finally elected Chancellor in 2005.

Merkel has been a leading figure in the fight against the region’s financial crisis. She has blocked bailouts, rejected proposals, denied pleas and stood up to the rest of Europe.

While citizens in France, Spain, Italy and Greece voted out her counterparts, Merkel has been re-elected with one of the strongest mandates in the history of modern Germany.

History teacher suspended for comparing Trump to Hitler.

A history teacher in America, identified as Frank Navarro, has been asked to go home after he compared US president-elect, Donald Trump to Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, while teaching his students after the election at the Mountain View High School, Bay Area, California.


According to the New York Daily News, the 65 year old Navarro, was suspended during the school hours after the school administrative team got a complaint email from one of the students’ parents about the statements he made in the class the previousThursday.


Navarro, who has taught at the school for over forty years, told the newspaper that it feels the school’s administration was trying to squash freedom of expression.


According to him, “This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech, everything I talk about is factually based.


“They can go and check it out. It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts, I had a short lesson paralleling Hitler with Trump when Hitler was running from 1930 to 1933.


“Hitler said he would make Germany great again, and Trump said he would make America great again.”

Police Raid Mosques Across Germany

German police have carried out more than 200 raids against mosques, apartments and offices across 10 federal states in search for suspected members of an alleged extremist group, officials say.

Hundreds of German security forces stormed the places to arrest members of the banned “The True Religion” group in early hours of Tuesday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin.

The sweeping raids, he said, included sites in at least 60 cities, particularly in western Germany but no arrests were made. De Maiziere said documents and files belonging to the group had been seized.

The group, commonly known as “Read (it)”, is accused of attempting to glorify militancy and urging young people to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the notorious Daesh terror group.

De Maiziere said the group was propagating hate messages and radicalizing young people.

The widespread operation came a week after German authorities announced that they had arrested five men suspected of recruiting terrorists for Daesh.

In May, German intelligence services said that of a total of 820 nationals who had left Germany for Syria and Iraq to join Daesh and other terror groups, one-third had returned and 140 were killed abroad. An estimated 420 German militants remain in the two Arab countries.

Wahhabism, the radical ideology dominating Saudi Arabia, which is freely preached by its clerics, fuels the ideological engine of terror organizations like Daesh and Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch formerly known as al-Nusra Front, which are wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

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Former Arsenal Goalkeeper, Lehmann fined over involvement in hit-and-run.

Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been fined €42,500 for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident last year as he faced three separate charges in a Bavarian district court on Wednesday.


Starnberg district court fined Lehmann, 47, for his part in an incident in Munich city centre when he was a passenger in a car involved in a collision. Lehmann was found to have refused to cooperate when police attempted to gather details of the incident.


Prosecutors had sought for Lehmann to be fined 50 daily rates at €4,000 but his lawyers said their client, who now works as a pundit, currently earns monthly wages of €25,000. The court fined him 50 daily rates at €850, adding up to a total of €42,500.


Under German law, fines below 90 daily rates do not go down into the criminal record.


During Wednesday’s trial, Lehmann also successfully appealed against a €240,000 penalty order that he had received earlier this year.


That related to an incident from November 2014, when Lehmann was found to have tailgated a driver and then grabbed that person’s scarf through the window.


The court ruled in Lehmann’s favour on Wednesday and the €240,000 fine was dropped.


Lehmann was also charged with speeding on a motorway in March this year. He had initially claimed he was not the driver only for pictures to show he had been behind the wheel, but that charge was dropped on Wednesday.

“Aisha belongs in my kitchen and bedroom”, says Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari says his wife, Aisha, belongs in his kitchen and “the other room”, apparently a euphemism for the bedroom.

Buhari said this while speaking with journalists in Germany in response to an interview Aisha granted the BBC, where she said that his government had been hijacked.

In the interview, Aisha had also said that she might not support her husband under the present circumstances if he seeks re-election in 2019.

I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” he joked.

I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded. It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government.”

Buhari is on a three-day visit to Germany.

Buhari Departs For Germany Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari will begin an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany from tomorrow, 13 October. The visit will end on 16 October.

In Berlin, President Buhari, will confer with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.

Thereafter, the President, who will be accompanied by Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo and representatives of the National Assembly, will meet with Federal President Joachim Gauck.

In furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in the country, President Buhari will participate in a Business Forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors.

Before returning to Abuja, the President is expected to meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.

President Buhari is committed to deepening relations with Germany and building on the very cordial relations both countries enjoy in several areas of bilateral cooperation including the fight against terrorism, economic relations, rebuilding of the North east, support for IDPs, vocational training, energy partnership and cultural relations.

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Nigeria Gets N16Bn From Germany To Resettle IDPs

The government of Germany said the fund is aimed at tackling the root causes of displacement of refugees and their quick resettlement.

Nigeria has received a commitment of €47.6 million (N16.23 billion at the official exchange rate of N341.14 to one euro) from Germany to support the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

The Leader of a German delegation, Mrs Renate von Boddien, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, October 7, during a meeting of the Nigeria-Germany Consultations on Development Cooperation.

At the meeting, which was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Boddien stated that the commitment is part of bilateral technical cooperation and special project initiative aimed at tackling the root causes of displacement of refugees and speed up their integration under the ‘One World No Hunger Green Innovation’.

She said this will also strengthen Germany’s support for the Green Innovation Centre for Agriculture and Food Sector.

Breaking down the funds, Boddien explained that €22.6m is earmarked for bilateral technical cooperation and special funding lines; €19.9m for special initiatives to tackle the root causes of displacement/reintegrating of refugees; and €6m for special initiatives for the ‘One World No Hunger’ project initiated to strengthen its support for the Green Innovation Centre.

According to her, Germany is committed to engaging the priority areas of sustainable economic growth, Nigerian energy support programme and technical cooperation.

“Technical cooperation is being implemented through the pro-poor growth and employment promotion programme in Nigeria, which was inaugurated by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and is co-financed by the European Union.

“The objective is to increase employment and income generation for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the three states of Niger, Ogun and Plateau,” a statement from the Ministry of Budget quoted her as saying.

Speaking further, she said that other areas the government of Germany is planning to commit funds include humanitarian support in the North-East, the fight against polio disease and to support technical and vocational education.

Report Lists U.S., Germany, France As Custodians Of Stolen Money From Nigeria

A report by London-based Public Service International Research Unit (PSIRU) has listed United States, Spain and France as countries that keep illicit funds from Nigeria.

The group, which investigated the impact of privatisation and liberalisation on public services, also named Japan and Germany as the other nations where money stolen from Nigeria is kept.

Also, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its civil society allies are planning to stage a protest in Switzerland for the repatriation of stolen funds kept in the country’s banks.

Disclosing its plan to stage a protest in Switzerland yesterday at a workshop in Abuja organised by Public Service International (PSI) on tax justice in Africa, President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said the congress would also stage similar protests in countries that are believed to be harbouring illicit funds from politically-exposed persons from Nigeria.

Unveiling the details, the PSI Director of Policy and Governance, Daniel Bertossa, said reports indicated that between 1980 and 2009, about $1.4 trillion was lost by Africa from illicit financial flows.

Bertossa, who also quoted from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) report, added that Nigeria also lost over $3 billion annually to tax incentives and import waivers.

He said while the country loses $2.9 billion to corporate tax incentives, it also loses $327 million annually to import duty exemption.

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3 Alleged ISIS Members Arrested In Germany

Three Syrian nationals suspected of being ISIS members were arrested Tuesday in Germany, and are being investigated in connection with November’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, authorities said.

Information gathered so far seems to indicate that the three — arrested Tuesday morning in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein by special police forces — were brought to Europe by the same organization of smugglers that imported the Paris attackers, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in Berlin.
Their travel documents also appear to have originated from the same forger, de Maiziere said.
The three — two Syrian teenagers and one man in his 20s, identified as Mohamed A. — came to Germany in the middle of November 2015 via Turkey and Greece, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.
Tuesday’s arrests come as European security officials hunt for people connected to those who killed at least 130 people in gunfire and suicide bombings at six locations in the Paris area on November 13.

Bastian Schweinsteiger Retires From International Football

The midfielder brings an end to a 12-year spell with the Germany national team, during which he won the World Cup and picked up a silver medal from the European Championship

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football after making 120 appearances for Germany.

The 31-year-old is one of his country’s most capped players and featured in five games for Die Mannschaft at Euro 2016 as they reached the semi-finals before losing out to hosts France.

Schweinsteiger, who made his debut for the national team in 2004, won one World Cup title as Joachim Low’s men beat Argentina in the final in 2014, after finishing third in 2006 and 2010. He also picked up a silver medal from Euro 2008.

And the Manchester United midfielder has published a statement declaring that his time with the German national team has come to an end.

“I have recently asked the coach to not nominate me for the national team anymore because I would like to retire,” he wrote.

“I was allowed to collect 120 caps for my country and I lived some moments which have been indescribably beautiful and successful.

“Jogi Low knew how much Euro 2016 in France meant to me because I really wanted to win that title we have not been able to win since 1996.

“It was not meant to be, I have to accept that.

“By winning the World Cup in 2014 we achieved something on a historic and emotional level that I cannot reproduce in my career.

“That’s why it is right and reasonable to finish it and to wish the team all the best for the qualifiication for the 2018 World Cup.

“With this decision I leave the national team that has always been a precious family for me. I hope that the connection will still remain strong in one way or the other.

“I would like to say to our fans: ‘It was an honour to play for you guys. Many thanks for everything that we have gone through together’.”

Update: Ansbach Bomber ‘Pledged Allegiance To ISIL’

A Syrian man who detonated explosives outside a music festival in the German city of Ansbach, killing only himself and wounding at least 15 people, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant group before the attack, according to a senior government official.


The 27-year-old suspect, who was a refugee, blew himself up late on Sunday after being denied entry to the event.


Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of Bavaria, said on Monday that video footage discovered on the suspect’s mobile phone showing him pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared leader of ISIL, also known as ISIS, makes it clear the incident was a “terrorist attack”.


He said the man, who has not been named, also “announced an act of revenge against Germans because they were standing in the way of Islam”.


Moments later, ISIL claimed responsibility for the bombing on its Amaq website, saying that the attacker was one of its “soldiers”.


Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane, reporting from Berlin, said: “He [the suspect] came to Germany two years ago and his asylum application was rejected last year for reasons that we don’t know right at this minute.


“He had been based in Germany with the knowledge that he was not going to receive permanent asylum in this country. He had twice before tried to take his life and, at some point in the recent past, he had been receiving psychiatric help.”


German police also said on Monday that they had found enough materials to make another bomb at the suspect’s home, and several violent videos. Germany will boost its police presence at airports and train stations and carry out stop-and-search operations close to border areas, Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, said in Berlin on Monday after four violent attacks in less than a week.


“What seems particularly important to me at the moment is an increased police presence in public spaces.


“I have therefore ordered that the federal police visibly increase their presence at airports and railways stations and that there are random checks, which are not visible but very effective, in border areas.”

Syrian Migrant Killed By Own Bomb In Germany

A Syrian migrant set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others, authorities said Monday, the third attack to hit the region in a week.

The 27-year-old had spent time in a psychiatric facility, but the authorities said an Islamist motive for the attack on Sunday night in the city of Ansbach appeared “likely”.

Germany is reeling after nine people died in a shopping centre shooting rampage in Munich on Friday and four people were wounded in an axe attack on a train in Wuerzburg on July 18.

All three attacks were in Bavaria, which has been a gateway for tens of thousands of refugees under German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal asylum policy.

Police said the man intended to target the music festival on Sunday but was turned away because he did not have a ticket, and set off the explosive device outside a nearby cafe.

The perpetrator was killed in the blast, police said in a statement, and a spokeswoman said 12 people were wounded, three of them seriously.

“My personal view is that it is very likely that this was a real Islamist suicide attack,” regional interior minister Joachim Herrmann said.

Herrmann added that beyond the heightened security fears, he was worried “the right to asylum would be undermined” by the events of the past week.

Sunday’s explosion happened just outside a cafe in Ansbach city centre, not far from where more than 2,500 people had gathered for the concert, at around 10pm.

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Germany To Begin Supply Of Military Hardware To Nigeria

The German government said Monday night that it would commence the supply of military hardware to support Nigeria’s effort to address security challenges in its North East and Niger Delta regions, before the end of 2016.

Permanent Secretary, German Foreign Office, Mr. Markus Elderer, stated this in Abuja at the meeting of defence session of the Nigeria-Germany Bi-National Commission. He said the decision to support Nigerian security forces towards addressing security challenges was at the instance of a request by President Muhammadu Buhari at the last G-7 summit hosted by Germany.

The German official said the equipment involved comprised ground surveillance equipment, anti-mine equipment, gun boats and others adding that Germany would commence the supply of the equipment as soon as the aid agreement was signed between the representatives of both countries.

Elderer said the military aid to Nigeria would also include training of Nigerian military personnel especially military engineers in the handling and maintenance of the equipment. “It was during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Germany at the occasion of the G-7 summit that it was decided that we will very practically help to address Nigeria’s security concerns” he said. “The Nigerian government requested equipment support and military training so we are incorporating all of these in this agreement. “We are doing this through training, through equipment supply like the ground radar system, mine clearing equipment and mobile health units for the security forces in order for them to carry out these difficult tasks of combating terrorism. “We are almost at the finishing line and we are just waiting the signing of the agreement so that we can begin implementation, I think everything will be done this year” he said.


Elderer identified other aspects of the agreement as bio-security, mopping of small arms in the country, police training and health support. In his address, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Amb. Danjuma Sheni noted that the efforts of the German government to support Nigeria’s quest for peace and security in the sub region was laudable. He said Nigeria would leverage on the opportunities created through the Nigeria-Germany Bi-National Commission to boost other aspects of relations that was beneficial to both countries. Sheni said the secretariat of the commission was working tirelessly to ensure that the agreement was signed before the end of June.

German Law On Insulting Leaders To Be Scrapped Immediately

A German law that prohibits insulting foreign heads of state is to be scrapped far sooner than initially planned, according to German media report on Thursday.


Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, is already working on a draft law to immediately reform the law, the German daily Rheinische Post reported online, citing government sources.


The obscure law had come into question after the government approved criminal proceedings against talk show host Jan Boehmermann for reciting a crude poem on German television.


He was accused of reciting a crude poem against Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, of watching child pornography and performing sex acts with animals.

An immediate scrapping of the law would now spare Boehmermann from a possible criminal sentence over his poem.

The German government had come under pressure after Chancellor Angela Merkel initially said the article of the criminal code on which the law is based should be removed by 2018, which would have allowed for the proceedings against Boehmermann to continue.



Founder Of Germany’s Anti-Islamist Pegida Party Set To Go On Trial Over Hate Speech

The founder of Germany’s anti-Islamist Pegida party is set to go on trial on hate speech charges.

Lutz Bachmann is accused of inciting racial hatred through a series of Facebook posts, in which he called refugees “cattle” and “trash”.

The 43-year-old’s trial in Dresden will be held amid tight security.

Pegida’s rallies have attracted thousands of supporters in Germany. The movement has spread to
numerous countries since launching in 2014.

The group was prominent in demonstrations in Cologne in January after reports of sexual assaults against women in the city on New Year’s Eve.

The attacks were largely blamed on people from North Africa who entered Germany illegally or have sought asylum. No trials involving suspects from the Cologne assaults have taken place.

Pegida’s anti-immigration demonstrations have often been met by counter protests.

The court says Mr Bachmann “disrupted public order” through his comments, which constituted an “attack on the dignity” of refugees.

If found guilty, he could face between three months and five years in prison.

Boko Haram Not Holding Any Nigerian Territory – Buhari

President Buhari says despite the recent attacks by Boko Haram members in some parts of Borno state, the group has now been decimated to the point where they do not have a hold on any Local government area in Nigeria. Buhari said this while speaking with the visiting President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, at the statehouse today Feb 11th:

 “It is a pity Boko haram welcomed you by explosions in Maiduguri that took so many lives, but I have attempted to explain in so many fora that Boko haram is not what it used to be. While they were firmly holding 14 out of 774 local governments when we came in, they are not holding any local government now. What they have resorted to is using improvised explosive devices to cause maximum casualties on soft targets as they did yesterday,” he said.

Germany Seeks Favourable Investment Environment In Nigeria

The visiting President of Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Joachim Gauck, has advised the Nigerian Government to create the right investment environment for more German businesses.

Gauck made the call in Lagos at a reception held for him and members of delegation of German Parliament and German companies that visited Abuja and Lagos.

The German President, who expressed satisfaction at the successes so far made by German companies in Nigeria, said that it was imperative for Nigeria to evolve measures that would reduce trade barriers.

“My visit to Nigeria has offered me another opportunity to further deepen economic cooperation between Nigeria and Germany.

“I am particularly impressed by the successes so far achieved by German companies on ground in Nigeria.

“We will want the Nigerian government to create the right investment for more German investments by creating the right framework that will reduce trade barriers between us,’’ he said.

Gauck expressed the readiness of more German companies to offer their products to the Nigerian markets as well as willing to share Germans’ know-how with Nigerians.

The president also disclosed his government’s plan to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria in areas of infrastructure, energy, electricity and other sectors.

“Our cooperation will be deepened once we have been able to set up a bilateral chamber of commerce and industry which would then become the centre point for trade relationships.

“We will also be willing to share with Nigeria the experiences we have acquired over the years in trying to achieve a cooperative business exchange,’’ he said.

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Mesut Ozil Dethroned As Europe’s Assist King After a Blank 2016

After drawing a blank in his last four appearances for Arsenal, the German has now been overtaken, while Tottenham fans may be surprised to see Roberto Soldado in the top 10

Thought Mesut Ozil was Europe’s assist king? Think again! After four straight blanks in the Premier League, the Arsenal star has been dethroned at the top of the creator charts.

The Germany international made a stunning start to the campaign, racking up 16 assists by Christmas and looked certain to break Thierry Henry’s long-standing record.

While Ozil still very much has his sights trained on Henry, he has nevertheless been toppled at the summit of the European assist rankings this term after failing to setup a single goal since the turn of the year.

Instead, it is now Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan who leads the way with the most assists of any player in Europe’s top five leagues, having collected 17 in all competitions this season according to Opta.

Admittedly, the Armenian only has nine league assists compared to Ozil’s 16, but he has been prolific in Dortmund’s cup competitions while the German has yet to create a goal outside the Premier League this season.

Mkhitaryan has assisted six times in the Europa League (including qualifiers) and twice more in the DFB-Pokal, with his most recent assist coming in the 3-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

After helping Barcelona run riot against Gary Neville’s Valencia, Neymar is now tied with Ozil on 16 assists, making him the most creative member of the fabled MSN attack.

Any further competition for the European assist crown is likely to come from Angel Di Maria, currently tied in  fourth place with 12 assists, with Kevin De Bruyne’s contribution likely to stall following his injury setback.

Meanwhile, Tottenham fans may be surprised to see a familiar name sneak into the top 10, with Roberto Soldado tied with Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa with 10 assists this season.

Germany Shuts Down Mosque For Promoting Violence

Reinhold Gall, German’s Interior Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg State, said a mosque in southern Germany had been shut down for promoting violence.


He said in Stuttgart (Germany), on Thursday that the Islamic Educational and Cultural Centre’s (MSM) premises were raided after authorities found it had been promoting violence and raising money for terrorist organisations.


Gall said MSM attracted a number of known Salafists, an ultra-conservative reform movement within Sunni Islam.


He said no fewer than 10 Islamists who left Germany to join jihad organisations in Iraq and Syria, were known to have passed through it.


“We will not tolerate organisations that promote violence as a means of reaching religious goals and raise money for terrorist organisations.


Meanwhile, Interior Minister, Thomas de-Maiziere, has introduced a new police unit, saying that it would be better armed and trained to combat domestic terrorism.


He said 250 officers would be added to the national police force’s special arrests unit, known as BFE.


“The new unit will be stationed at five strategic locations across the country.


de-Maiziere said Sven Lau, one of Germany’s most prominent Islamist preachers has been arrested for recruiting fighters for a militant group in Syria, as well as buying and delivering military equipment to the region.


The minister has indicated that 670 people have left the country to join Islamic State and other terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq since 2012.




30,000 Nigerians Currently In Germany – Envoy

The new Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, Mr Ingo Herbert, on Monday said that no fewer than 30,000 Nigerians were currently living in different parts of Germany.


Herbert told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that these include: those working, doing businesses, studying, as well as those married to Germans.


“Currently, the number of Nigerians across Germany is about 30,000. The number is increasing gradually.


“These Nigerians are working, studying, engaged in different businesses, as well as married to Germans.


“Nigerians are not really a big community in Germany when compared to countries like Turkey that has about 4 million nationals there,’’ he said.


The envoy, who said that more Nigerians would be welcome to his country, added that there was currently no form of racial discrimination against Nigerians in any part of Germany.


Herbert said that Germany’s functioning rule of law, police and judicial system would continue to protect the rights of Nigerians.


“I can assure Nigerians that they are still welcome to Germany, and are fully protected by the country’s functioning rule of law, policing and dependable judicial system,’’ he said.


The Consul-General, however, said that it was imperative for Nigerians wanting to live, study and do business in Germany to first learn the German language.


Herbert said, although, some universities in Germany were now offering courses in English Language, it would be helpful for Nigerians to understand German to enable them interact freely with their host country’s citizens.




Germany Increases Scholarship Slots For Nigerians

The new Consul-General of the Consulate-General of Germany in Lagos, Mr Ingo Herbert, on Tuesday announced his government’s decision to increase scholarships for Nigerians and other Africans.


Herbert told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that his government had at its recent bilateral meeting decided to increase its annual scholarships from 450 to “a more reasonable number”.


“Before now about 450 Nigerians benefit every year from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
“But from our recent bilateral meeting, the German government has decided to increase its annual scholarships to Nigeria and other countries from 450 to a much more reasonable number,’’ he said.


Herbert said that the initiative was part of the German’s human development agenda aimed at giving more Africans opportunities to go and study in different German educational institutions.


The envoy also said that it had become imperative to increase the scholarships following the growing interest of Nigerians and other African in studying in Germany.


“We have realised that after the U.S. and U.K., most Nigerians and other foreign students like coming to study in Germany,’’ he said.
The consul-general said that German universities and colleges had started courses in English Language so as to be able to accommodate more Nigerians.


He restated his government’s commitment to encouraging and creating the right learning environment for the would be beneficiaries of the scholarships.


Herbert also expressed satisfaction with the successes currently being made by some Nigerians that had benefited from the scholarships in the past in their professions.



Low: Germany Less Reliant On Schweinsteiger Now

The 55-year-old boss believes he no longer needs to start the Manchester United midfielder in every game, while he is already laying plans to defend the World Cup in 2018


Germany boss Joachim Low has suggested he will use captain Bastian Schweinsteiger sparingly over the coming years amid concerns over the midfielder’s displays for new club Manchester United.

The 31-year-old completed 90 minutes for the first time this season as the Red Devils fell to a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City, with some critics highlighting his lack of mobility and fitness.

Low, though, remains convinced of Schweinsteiger’s importance to Die Mannschaft, but ackowledges that he must pick and choose when he fields his skipper to ensure he is always operating at 100 per cent.

“Maybe I no longer need Bastian in every match now,” Low told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

“I need him when it is important for us. Then I know that he performs and assumes responsibility and his will to win is like no other.”

Germany are in the midst of Euro 2016 qualifying and take on Poland on Friday before facing Scotland three days later, but Low says he is just as focused on plotting how he can defend his nation’s World Cup title.

“The European Championships in France is for us a great goal but our thoughts go already beyond in all plans,” he continued. “We have the 2018 World Cup in mind – Mission: Title Defence.”

On the subject of Germany’s upcoming games, he added: “The decisive factor for me is that we can be on our own as leaders.

“The goal is to win both games. I know many players of my team for many years and I know that, in games like against Poland, they are motivated to the tips of their hair.”

Poland lead Group D with 14 points heading into the match, with Germany (13) in second and Scotland (11) in third.

Suswam Denies Beating Wife In London, Says He’s In Germany

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, Sunday said he was not arrested in London for wife beating.

His lawyer, P.H. Ogbole, who spoke in Abuja yesterday called on friends and family of the former governor to disregard the publications claiming that Suswam was arrested in the United Kingdom for beating up his wife, Yemisi.

While threatening to take legal action against those behind the falsehood, Suswam described publication alleging that he beat his wife as a calculated attempt to smear his image.

Reports circulated on the social media last week, alleging that the former governor was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police for beating his wife over an argument about his mistress.

The report added that he was released on bail. But Suswam however denied all the allegations which he said were the handiwork of his enemies.

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What Buhari, Other World Leaders Agreed At The G7 Summit In Germany

The leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations met for a two-day summit in the Bavarian Alps with a heavy agenda including global terrorism, Ukraine and climate change. Following are the main points of what was agreed at the stunning Elmau Castle location, taken from the final statement:


Unusually, the G7 leaders invited several heads of government from countries fighting jihadists to attend the talks. “In light of the Foreign Terrorist Fighters phenomenon, the fight against terrorism and violent extremism will have to remain the priority for the whole international community,” the G7 communique said.

“In this context we welcome the continued efforts of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL/Daesh. We reaffirm our commitment to defeating this terrorist group and combatting the spread of its hateful ideology.” They pledged to “strengthen our coordinated action” against terrorism, including in the fight against “terrorist financing”.


The leaders at the G-7 summit said “urgent and concrete action” was needed to address climate change. They said “deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are required with a decarbonisation of the global economy over the course of this century.”

“As a common vision for a global goal of greenhouse gas emissions reductions we support … the upper end of the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) recommendation of 40 to 70 percent reductions by 2050 compared to 2010, recognising that this challenge can only be met by a global response.”


“The global economic recovery has progressed since we last met,” leaders noted, with the decline of energy prices having “supportive effects in most of the G7 economies.” “However, many of our economies are still operating below their full potential and more work is needed to achieve our aim of strong, sustainable and balanced growth,” they stressed.

“Overall G7 unemployment is still too high, although it has decreased substantially in recent years,” the statement said.


Fostering global economic growth by reducing barriers to trade remains “imperative” and the leaders “reaffirm our commitment to keep markets open and fight all forms of protectionism, including through standstill and rollback.”

The seven leaders at the G-7 summit also “welcome(d) progress on major ongoing trade negotiations, including on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the EU-Japan FTA/Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).


The Ebola crisis has shown that the world needs to “improve its capacity to prevent, protect against, detect, report and respond to public health emergencies,” the communique said.

Leaders at the G-7 summit said they were “strongly committed to getting the Ebola cases down to zero” and recognised the “importance of supporting recovery for those countries most affected by the outbreak.” “We must draw lessons from this crisis,” they said.


“G7 countries have an important role to play in promoting labour rights, decent working conditions and environmental protection in global supply chains,” the statement said.


G-7: The leaders noted that “across G7 countries and around the world, far fewer women than men run their own businesses often due to additional barriers that women face in starting and growing businesses.”

“We agree on common principles to boost women’s entrepreneurship … We will make girls and women aware of the possibility of becoming entrepreneurs,” the statement added.


G-7: Leaders said they were “ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia should its actions so require.” They said the “duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

The leaders also voiced concern about the recent flare-up in fighting and urged “all sides to fully respect and implement the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons.”


Funny Twitter Reactions After German Women Beat Ivory Coast 10-0 in Women’s World Cup

Last night, the Ivory Coast women’s football team played their German counterparts in their opening match at the ongoing FIFA women’s world cup.

At the end of the night, the German team emerged conquerors with a devastating 10-0 scoreline.

As usual, Nigerians and other users on Twitter in their reaction to the shocking scoreline have had some interesting things to say. We brought some of them here for you:

We begin with popular grandiloquent politician, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon who expressed his grief in terse simple words:

Pres. Buhari To Present Nigeria’s ‘Wish List’ At The G7 Summit In Germany

Press statement from Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to President Buhari, Shehu Garba

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Munich, Germany on Sunday, 7 June, armed with the “wish list” of Nigeria in line with the demand of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries. The G7 had earlier requested the then President-elect to prepare a shopping list and come with it for their consideration in what is seen as an excellent goodwill gesture towards the new leader and the country.
The Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President, Malam Garba Shehu in a statement from Munich on Sunday said top on the list of the requests President Buhari will tender before the G7 leaders is on the problem of security. “We have a problem which they know.” President Buhari himself said.

The President said he has used every opportunity at his disposal ahead of this meeting to discuss the country’s needs with specific reference to terrorism and development needs at person-to-person meetings and phone conversations with some of these leaders. “These development issues, many and varied as they are, touch on the economy, combating corruption, increased foreign direct investment, FDI; power and energy, infrastructure, environment, enhanced transparency in elections and good governance.”

President Buhari announced that the leaders of the industrialized nations have shown a preparedness to work with Nigeria to help the country out of her problems. President Buhari will hold meetings on the sidelines with the host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the French President, Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim. Mal Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) Munich Germany.

Buhari Arrives Germany For Talks With G-7 Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Munich, Germany, on Sunday to begin a two-day official visit during which he will participate in the G-7 Outreach programme for invited heads of government and global institutions.

Buhari, who was received on arrival by the Vice Minister-President of Bavaria, Inge Aigner, was accompanied by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, former lagos State governor Babatunde Fashola, Abdurrahman Dambazau and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Paul Lolo.

Other invited Heads of State and international institutions who will join Buhari at the working session with G-7 leaders on Monday w at Elmau are; Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Macky Sall of Senegal, Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq, the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurria, the Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Largarde, the President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, are also scheduled to participate in Monday’s Outreach Session with G-7 leaders.

Others are the Director-General of the International Labour Organistion, Guy Rider, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Before leaving Munich for home tomorrow, Buhari will hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada on the sidelines of the G-7 Outreach Programme.

He is also expected to meet U. S. President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, and other G-7 leaders in the course of the Outreach Session and have a working lunch at the Elmau Castle.

The Head of the Bavarian regional government will host a dinner in honour of President Buhari and other leaders invited to the G-7 Outreach Programme tonight.

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President Buhari To Attend G7 Summit In Germany

President Muhammadu Buhari is to attend this weekend’s G7 summit in Germany in his first major international meeting as Nigerian president.  “The President has accepted the invitation to attend the G7 summit. He’s expected to depart Nigeria on Sunday for the summit. It’s going to be a two-day trip,” his spokesman, Shehu Garba said.
Buhari became president of Africa’s most populous nation, top economy and leading oil producer last Friday, taking over from Goodluck Jonathan whom he beat in elections in March. His office said on Saturday that Britain’s foreign minister Philip Hammond told Buhari at a meeting in Abuja on Friday that Prime Minister David Cameron urged him to come to the summit with a “wish list”.
Nigeria is facing a long list of challenges, not least the fight against Boko Haram Islamists, a crippling power deficit, infrastructure problems, corruption and poor governance. Buhari met Cameron for private talks in London the week before his inauguration, where the British leader pledged help in a number of areas such as fighting extremism and African migration.
Cameron also sought Buhari’s backing for “free trade” between the European Union and Africa, a suggestion which had the support of a number of countries, the president’s office said in a statement.

Three Reasons Merkel (German Chancellor) Is So Stubborn

1. Germany Sees Grexit as Not Just Survivable, But Actually Desirable

At the beginning of the year, Germany’s Spiegel magazine ran an incendiary article saying Merkel’s government had decided a Greek departure from the euro zone could happening without damaging the broader currency project. “Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit,” said the headline. Re-reading with the benefit of hindsight, the article actually went further than that. The key passage is here:

Officials in Berlin and Brussels no longer subscribe to the so-called domino theory,’ which held that a Greek collapse would be followed by others. It has been replaced by the `chain theory,’ which holds that the entire chain would become stronger were its weakest link to be eliminated.

Even as the discussions between Greece and its creditors have become increasingly deadlocked, there’s almost zero evidence of contagion. Portugal, typically viewed as the second-weakest euro member, is enjoying 10-year borrowing costs today that are only a whisker away from the record lows of a few weeks ago.

Here’s a thought experiment: the morning after the reintroduction of the drachma, would the euro be stronger or weaker based on its trading levels in the foreign exchange market? A couple of months ago, I would have argued that Grexit would be disastrous for the health of the euro project. Now, I’m not so sure.

The euro is up half a percent against the dollar today, even after talks between Greece and the euro region’s finance ministers broke down last night. That could be because investors expect a compromise. But it could also be that they’ve stopped caring whether Greece is in or out.

2. Germany Would Sacrifice Greece to Keep Everyone Else in Line

Germany has been steadfast in its demands for fiscal discipline from its neighbors and its insistence on economic austerity. Others aren’t so keen. France has been whispering ever louder about the need to boost growth, while in Spain, the anti-austerity Podemos party leads Spanish opinion polls, with an election due by the end of the year. Ceding ground to Greece to keep it in the euro might encourage other countries to strengthen their demands for more spending and fewer budget cuts. Again, the Jan. 5 Spiegel article seems prescient:

Berlin officials fear that giving in to a new, leftist government in Athens would further call into question controversial austerity and reform policies — an eventuality that would be welcome in France and Italy, countries where reform has not been welcomed with open arms.

In the immediate aftermath of the Greek election on Jan. 25, France seemed to be making conciliatory noises about reaching a compromise to keep Greece’s life-support funding switched on. Yesterday, though, Finance Minister Michel Sapin stuck to Europe’s official position that extending Greece’s rescue program is the only way forward. By holding the line on austerity, Germany seems to have corralled its European Union peers back onto the path of Teutonic economic righteousness.

3. Germany Isn’t Interested in Game Theory 

Much has been made of the game-theory background of Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and how it might help Athens achieve a compromise. But people are less rational and logical in real-life negotiations than in theoritcal ones. As my colleague Justin Fox put it earlier this month:

Greece’s negotiations so far with the EU, though, have repeatedly resulted in outcomes that leave both sides worse off. They have gotten stuck in a prisoner’s dilemma — which seems all the more reason to try to shake up the negotiations.

In the Greek negotiations, two implacably opposed ideologies are butting heads, the seemingly unstoppable force of Greece’s democratic mandate meeting the immovable object of German economic philosophy. In his novel “Walking on Glass”, Iain Bankssuggested the only outcome in such a collision is that “the unstoppable force stops, the immovable object moves.”

Right now, that’s not happening. Commerzbank today puts the chances of Grexit at 50 percent, double what it was predicting last week. A one euro bet on Grexit with the bookmaking company Paddy Power will net you a profit of less than 38 cents; last month, you’d have made 3 euros. We may be on the verge of finding out whether a Greek exit from the euro is a self-contained explosion, or an existential threat to the single currency. Here’s hoping the optimists are proved right.


5 Countries Where It’s Hardest To Become A Citizen

In addition to marriage and ancestry,  countries with high barriers to attaining citizen status may have special residency or citizenship tracks for people who fit certain categories, such as being a highly skilled professional or investing substantially in a business enterprise. But these situations don’t apply to the vast majority of prospective citizens.

Below, in alphabetical order, are five nations that make it especially difficult for foreigners to establish permanent residency or obtain citizenship:


Many EU countries have tough immigration laws, but Austria seems to have one of the lengthiest processes to become a citizen. Anyone who is not a citizen of an EU country and staying longer than six months must have a resident permit before entering the country.

People who plan to stay longer than 24 months must also sign an Integration Agreement, a process designed to enhance their German-language skills and ability “to participate in the social, economic and cultural life in Austria.”

Permanent residents must live in the country continuously for a period of 15 to 30 years before being eligible to apply for citizenship. If approved, applicants must renounce any other citizenship.


Obtaining permanent residency in Germany is difficult unless you are a citizen of another EU country. Other foreign nationals must have lived in Germany for at least five years and demonstrate competency in language, the political system and society. Applicants must also demonstrate they have an ability to earn a living and that they’ve contributed to the national pension plan, as well as having proof of accommodation.

To become a citizen, applicants must have lived in the country at least eight years (seven, if they’ve passed a competency test) and renounce citizenship in any other country.


It takes longer to be granted a Permanent Resident visa in Japan than to become a citizen. People who want to establish permanent residency must have lived in the country for a total of 10 continuous years or more.

Those who want to become a citizen of Japan must have lived in the country for five years, receive permission from the Justice Minister and complete a slew of paperwork (some have complained of unnecessary questions involving their personal lives). The process, according to the Japanese Ministry, can take six to 12 months, although those who have gone through it have reported that it can take years. If approved, applicants must be ready to renounce citizenship in other countries.


Any foreigner wanting to settle in the beauty of the Swiss Alps, or anywhere else in Switzerland, may do so for three months. To obtain a settlement, or permanent residence visa (unless you are an EU citizen), you must have lived in the country for 10 years.

If you qualify for permanent residence by the length of time you have lived in the country, you also qualify to apply for citizenship, but that is not guaranteed; applicants for citizenship must also prove they are assimilated into Swiss society. What’s more, all cantons and municipalities have their own rules about granting citizenship. Switzerland permits dual citizenship.

United States

While the United States was founded mostly by immigrants, the process for achieving permanent residency and citizenship has become even more complicated since the early 2000s and the war on terrorism. Unless a person is coming to the U.S. through family or an approved job, it is very difficult to establish permanent residency (sometimes known as receiving a green card). There are special categories for those seeking refugee or asylum status, and a lottery for others who wish to apply.

Those who have had permanent residency status for five years can begin the process of applying for citizenship by filling out the application and taking a test, which includes knowledge of history/government and English. Before becoming a citizen, people must swear an oath to the Constitution. The United States permits dual citizenship.

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UN Employee Dies of Ebola in Germany

A UN employee infected with the Ebola virus in west Africa has died after arriving in Germany last week for treatment, the hospital said Tuesday.

“The Ebola patient died during the night in the St Georg Clinic in Leipzig,” it said in a statement.

Local health officials said last week that the patient was a Sudanese doctor who had arrived in Germany from Liberia on Thursday.

The United Nations medical worker was infected with Ebola in Liberia and despite “intensive medical procedures,” he still died, said the German hospital authorities.

The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the infection. It released no further details and did not answer telephone calls.

The man tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 6, prompting Liberia’s UN peacekeeping mission to place 41 staff members who had possibly been in contact with him under “close medical observation.”

He arrived in Leipzig for treatment on Oct. 9 where he was put into a special isolation unit.

U.S Forming “Core Coalition” to Fight I.S

Isis fighters parade through Raqqa

The United States said on Friday it was forming a “core coalition” to battle Islamic State militants, calling for broad support from allies and partners but ruling out committing ground forces.

President Barack Obama sought to use a NATO summit in Wales to enlist allied support in fighting the Islamist militants, but it is unclear how many nations might join the United States in air strikes in Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers from 10 nations on the sidelines of the summit on ways they can help. Kerry said, “We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own. Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground.”

Hagel said, “This group here this morning is the core coalition,.. It is the core group that will form the larger and extended coalition that’s going to be required to deal with this challenge.”  And nations involved include, The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Poland and Denmark, whose Ministers have met to discuss a strategy for addressing the Sunni militant group.

Kerry also said he hoped the allies could develop a comprehensive plan fighting IS in time for this month’s annual U.N. General Assembly session in New York.


Hello everyone!

Today’s post is dedicated to my very beautiful Nigerian and German friend, Chisara.

I did a photoshoot with her and a few others on Friday and I am extremely pleased with the results. I think these pictures are some of my best. I’m not sure whether it’s because I’ve been practicing a lot or whether the weather worked in my favour, as it was sunny on that day, which is something we don’t see very often in London.

I hope you love the pictures as much as I do.


I have a few more pictures from the photoshoot that I haven’t edited yet, as I have been very busy with school work. But I’ll edit them during the week and you can check for them on my Facebook page or my website.