Ethiopia: Germany to defend 'safe haven' status for stability

Addis Ababa (HAN) November 12, 2014 – Public diplomacy and Regional Security and safety news. Germany regards Ethiopia primarily as a strategic partner in the volatile Horn of Africa region and as a guarantor of stability, despite all the democracy shortcomings and human rights violations.

“Today Ethiopia is a very important partner for Germany on the Horn of Africa and is considered by the Germans to be an important partner for stability in the region,” says Claas Dieter Knoop, German ambassador in Addis Ababa from 2006–2010.

There has been little change in Ethiopia’s rulers’ understanding of democracy in the 60 years since the emperor’s historic visit to Bonn. He had then proudly proclaimed, “The king knows what the people need, the people do not.”

Today, shortly before parliamentary elections in Ethiopia in 2015, numerous opposition figures and journalists have been arrested. Once again, there is a sense of impending unrest.


Other analysis, given the political crisis in the Horn of Africa, the main message of the Ethiopian election in the biggest regional member state of Oromia is that more than three out of four Oromos will vote  for clearly pro-EPRDF parties. The anti-EPRDF-party “Alternative fell below worst case scenarios and received 2% of the votes. And compared to previous Ethiopian elections, voters did not use this one to protest against the governing EPRDF parties.


Photo: German Embassy Addis Ababa, German President Gauck Visits Ethiopia


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