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German governing party suffers drastic loss in Bavarian election

In the state elections in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the conservative sister party of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), led by Chancellor Angela Merkel – had their worst election performance in more than six decades. They received just 37.2% of the votes, losing their absolute majority. The Social Democratic Party (SPD), Merkel’s grand coalition partner at the federal level, was hit similarly hard, receiving 9.9% of votes. Winners of the election were the Green Party with 17.5% (an 8.9% increase from the last election) and the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) with 10.2% of the votes.

News article – Tagesschau (in German)

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Germany pledges €115 million to the World Health Organization

At the opening of the World Health Summit in Berlin, German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced that Germany will provide additional funding of €115 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) over the next four years. It is the first time that Germany has made a binding financial commitment over a period of four years to the organization.

Germany wants its funding to strengthen WHO's planning for emergencies and to strengthen the organization. 

News Article (in German) – Der Tagesspiegel

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Global Hunger Index shows that progress in the fight against hunger has been made

The Welthungerhilfe, Germany's largest organization for private development aid, published its 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI) which shows that progress in the fight against hunger and undernutrition has been made. According to the report, hunger levels around the world have fallen by 28% since 2000. The hunger situation is, however, still listed as 'serious' in 45 out of 119 countries. Since 2000 no improvement has been made in the Central African Republic where the situation is 'extremely alarming'. In six other countries - Chad, Haiti, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Yemen, and Zambia – the hunger level is ranked 'alarming'.

Publication – Global Hunger Index

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocates for migration plan and cooperation with Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a speech in front of the Young Union (Junge Union), the joint youth organization of the two conservative German political sister parties, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), where she advocated for a joint migration plan. The approval ratings of the sister parties are at an all-time low, which partly is the consequence of ongoing arguments around migration policies.

Merkel emphasized that rejected asylum seekers should be deported more consistently and that Germany needs to improve economic cooperation with Africa to create job opportunities for asylum seekers. She underlines that Africa is a market of the future and that we should not see Africa as a problem, but as a continent of opportunities.

News article - FAZ (in German)

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Majority of Germans consider development cooperation positive

According to a survey of the German public by the Infratest-Dimao Institue on behalf of the Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V., 84% of respondents consider development cooperation with developing countries, and in particular Africa, important or very important. More than one-third indicated they are in favor of increasing development financing.

In answer to a question as to which global issues German public funds should be spent on, one-third of respondents voted for environmental and climate policy, and one-third for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The third-most selected topic was development cooperation. Foreign policy and diplomatic efforts as well as military and defense development were considered lower priorities.

News Article - Welt-Sichten (in German)

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German foreign minister calls for more multilateralism

Prior to his first meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, German foreign minister Heiko Maas called for a strengthening of the UN, and highlighted Germany's commitment to doing so. Maas named climate and security as the main topics to be addressed by a stronger UN system, and emphasized the relationship between security, health, and human rights. He also reiterated Germany's goal of promoting a European seat on the UN Security Council.

News article - Welt (in German)

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DEG aims to boost German investment in developing countries

In the context of German Development Minister Gerd Müller advocating for private investment in developing countries, in particular Africa, the managing director of the German Investment and Development Corporations (DEG), Christiane Laibach, has announced her aim to increase German private investment in developing countries. To achieve this, she highlighted the importance of closing the 'the information gap of German companies' through education on investment potentials in developing countries, as well as the role of taxation agreements and the need for African governments to fight corruption.

News article – Der Tagesspiegel (in German)

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EU in talks with North Africa over migration deal

After the informal summit of EU heads of state and governments in Salzburg, Austria from September 19-20, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Council President Donald Tusk announced further talks with North African countries on a migration deal. The deal would engage Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Libya to establish 'disembarkation platforms', centers where refugees rescued on the Mediterranean Sea could be brought, before getting send back to their country of origin. However, so far no African country has agreed on establishing such centers on its own territory.

News article – Dlf24 (in German)

News article – POLITCO

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EU countries top index of commitment to development

EU countries claimed 11 of the 12 top places in the Center for Global Development's 2018 Commitment to Development Index. Sweden, Denmark, and Germany are the top three in the annual index by the Washington-based think-tank, which ranks 27 wealthy countries based on their policies on ODA, finance, technology, environment, trade, security, and migration. That marks the first time that a country in the G7 has been placed in the top three, and suggests that Germany, the EU’s economic powerhouse, has emerged as a leading player in the development community. The UK, traditionally one of the EU’s development policy leaders, dropped one place to 7th in the index.

News article – Euractive

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German development minister welcomes new Africa-Europe alliance for sustainable investment and jobs

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has welcomed an EU-Africa strategy for sustainable investment and jobs launched by European Commission President Juncker, emphasizing that "Africa does not need charity", but an equal partnership based on education, training, and private sector investment.

He stressed that the Africa policy also needs additional funding. With EU funding for Africa expected to increase from €31 billion to €39 billion in the next seven-year EU financial framework, Müller called for doubling of the funds to €60 billion. Müller has recently announced a permanent working commission to strengthen the partnership with Africa.

Press Release - BMZ (in German)

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