GERMAN "MARSHALL PLAN" FOR AFRICA | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

GERMAN "MARSHALL PLAN" FOR AFRICA

In January 2017, the Minister of Economic Cooperation of Germany Gerd Muller offered to launch a new “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The minister’s rhetoric appealed to help African countries to develop their own economics with the support of the EU, and both sides would benefit from it. However, historical connotations with the original Marshall Plan have same frightening points. What if Africa would be lead into a new economical bondage, this time depending not on IMF and the World Bank (the debts to this structures will continue to grow), but in addition on the European Union? What if the bondage would be deeper, just like it happened with Germany and France in post-war years? These countries had to sign package agreements, buying imposed goods and services, including cultural.

The German plan was revealed now not by chance. Firstly, the development of it is connected to the Club of Rome - organization, establishing global strategies that do not consider interests of countries these strategies are aimed on. Secondly, in 2017 the African Union was planning to launch a Continental Zone of free trade, despite the fact the project was only on a stage of discussion. Since Africa does not have any large agreements with the West, for example the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, where USA gets the most preferences, it is obvious this fact forces Germany to be the first to establish its own influence on the continent through the EU.

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