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GACIC Holds A Seminar Over Food Industries Syste

GACIC Holds A Seminar Over Food Industries Syste | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC), in association with New Munich Trade Fair Centre, is holding today a special seminar around modernizing the food and beverage sector and following up the latest developments in the sector.

The seminar aims at utilizing the modern technology in the field of food industries, especially the high-value beverages; in addition to developing the packaging system, and considering the shipping and logistics.

Rainer Hirit, Executive Director of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Saif Sabet- Member of the Board Directors in Juhayna group, will attend the seminar, besides a number of businessmen, factories and companies' owners.

A press conference will be held on the sidelines of the seminar to prepare for "Drinktec" conference in Germany, leading trade fair for beverage and liquid food technology to be held in New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany from September 16-20, 2013.

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Egyptian Tourism Minister heads to Germany

Egyptian Tourism Minister heads to Germany | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

One week after a hot air balloon accident killed more than a dozen tourists in Luxor, the country’s Minister of Tourism, Dr. Hisham Zazou, will leave Egypt as scheduled to attend ITB Berlin, one of the world's biggest tourism trade shows.


His mission takes on a greater sense of urgency after the 26 February balloon accident, one of a series of incidents that have attracted negative international attention to a country mired in civil turmoil. Tourism sector workers worry that such incidents will keep visitors away from the Land of the Pharaohs, causing further hardships amid a climate of inflation here.

Europe is the major tourism market for the North African country, whose economy is heavily reliant on visitors, said Rasha Azaizi, head of the media and press office for Egypt's Ministry of Tourism.

“Seventy-five percent of our source markets are based in Europe, with the main ones being German, Italian and British," she said.

 

 

According to the United Nations World Tourism Association, or UNWTO, tourism in Egypt brought in US$10.1 billion in 2012 as the country saw a 17% increase in visitors over 2011. This year initially looked bright for tourism, or so indicated a 26 February report released by the Ministry of Tourism. In January 2013, around 900,000 tourists visited Egypt, a 10.2% increase compared to the same month in 2012, the report said.

 

European guests accounted for roughly 70% of the visits, bringing in US $1 billion in revenue.

 

"Tourism alternates between the first and second income source for foreign currency,” Azaizi said, adding that the sector employs more than four million Egyptians.

 

More on: http://www.neurope.eu/article/egyptian-tourism-minister-heads-germany

 

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Egypte-Allemagne: Mauvais timing

Egypte-Allemagne: Mauvais timing | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La décision de la présidence égyptienne d’annuler la visite à Paris et de maintenir celle à Berlin indique une reconnaissance du rôle que l’Allemagne pourrait jouer dans la reconstruction de l’économie égyptienne. Outre son assistance économique annuelle de 100 millions d’euros, l’Allemagne contribue à hauteur de 20 % aux dons offerts à l’Egypte par l’Union européenne. L’Allemagne a également promis d’alléger de 240 millions d’euros la dette de l’Egypte à son égard. Au niveau des échanges commerciaux, les exportations de l’Allemagne vers l’Egypte s’élèvent à 2,4 milliards d’euros contre des importations de 1,3 milliard. L’Allemagne est aussi un client de premier plan au niveau du tourisme, avec 1,2 million de touristes par an en Egypte. Mais les aspirations égyptiennes quant à davantage d’aide se sont heurtées aux craintes de l’Allemagne. (Omar Kamil/Al-Ahram Hebdo)


Plus : http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/960/1/130/1605/EgypteAllemagne-Mauvais-timing.aspx

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Morsi says he is no anti-Semite | Big News Network

Morsi says he is no anti-Semite | Big News Network | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

BERLIN -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at a Berlin news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel denied he is an anti-Semite.

 

Morsi was asked by a German reporter about a recording from 2010 in which Morsi said Zionists are "descendants of apes and pigs," The New York Times reported. Morsi responded he is "not against Judaism as a religion" and his remarks were taken out of context.

"My religion instructs me to believe in all the prophets and to respect all religions as well as every person's freedom of religion," Morsi said. "Everyone believes in and practices his religion the way he sees fit as long as it remains lawful in the country he lives in."

Merkel said Egypt must respect human rights if it wants to keep German support.

"One thing that is important for us is that the channels of dialogue are always open with all political forces in Egypt, so that the different political forces can play their role," Merkel said.

Morsi made the already scheduled trip to Germany, Egypt's No. 3 trading partner while rioting has disrupted life in several Egyptian cities.

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A Berlin, Mohamed Morsi et Angela Merkel se disent tout

A Berlin, Mohamed Morsi et Angela Merkel se disent tout | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi était en visite à Berlin, ce mercredi 30 janvier 2013, alors qu’au Caire de nouveaux affrontements sur la place Tahrir ont fait deux morts le jour même. Le président Morsi a écourté sa visite en Allemagne en raison de ces violences. Une visite destinée à redorer le blason de son pays.

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par Pascal Thibaut/RFI


Le ton était aimable. Angela Merkel a évoqué la voix importante et la contribution de l'Egypte au Moyen-Orient. Mais la chancelière allemande n'a pas hésité à évoquer la politique intérieure de Mohamed Morsi. Elle a réclamé qu'un dialogue avec l'opposition ait lieu, et que les droits de l'homme soient respectés, tout comme la liberté religieuse.

L'intéressé s'est voulu conciliant. Mohamed Morsi a promis de faire de son pays un « Etat de droit » où les militaires et les religieux n'auraient pas le dernier mot.

Mais si le chef de l'etat égyptien voulait profiter de sa visite à Berlin pour rassurer, il entendait aussi, fort d'une importante délégation économique, repartir avec des promesses sonnantes et trébuchantes.

Angela Merkel a poliment rappelé que certaines conditions préalables devaient d'abord être réunies : « Plus la stabilité règnera en Egypte, plus il sera facile pour des entreprises allemandes d'investir en Egypte. Il est donc important que les incertitudes actuelles disparaissent. »

Quant aux efforts financiers du gouvernement allemand, ils sont liés pour Berlin à la situation politique sur place et à la mise en œuvre des promesses du président Morsi. L'effacement partiel de la dette égyptienne par l'Allemagne, soit 250 millions d'euros, reste en attendant bloqué.

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Mohamed Morsi promises Germany he will lead Egypt on road to democracy

Mohamed Morsi promises Germany he will lead Egypt on road to democracy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has sought to reassure the German government that he is committed to leading his country on the road to democracy as he seeks funding and relief on €240m of debt amid concerns that his country is sliding into deeper chaos.

Morsi, on a whistlestop tour of Europe while deadly clashes continued in his homeland, gave his assurance that parliamentary elections would go ahead "within a few months" and that a constitutionally valid government would be on its feet "within three or four months".

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He said Egypt was on the path to becoming "a constitutional state – it will be a civil state, it will not be of military or theocratic nature – a state which will allow all range of opinions to be expressed and will enable a transition of power".

But German politicians made clear that financial aid was dependent on progress towards democracy, with several politicians expressing their fear that Egypt was sliding towards dictatorship.

The chancellor, Angela Merkel, pressed the point home saying she had "made clear" to Morsi that help from Germany required Egypt's leadership to prove that it was working towards building a free society.

"Of most importance is that there is always a line of communication with all political powers in Egypt, that the various political powers are able to play their part, that human rights are observed … and above all that religious freedom can thrive," she said. She urged the president to give democratic developments "all the room they need" to flourish.

 

More : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/30/mohamed-morsi-germany-egypt-democracy

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Amnesty uses Egyptian queen to protest Morsy Berlin visit

Amnesty uses Egyptian queen to protest Morsy Berlin visit | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Global human rights organization Amnesty International organized a protest in Berlin on Wednesday to coincide with President Mohamed Morsy's visit to Germany, according to German news agency DPA.
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Protesters got creative in their message by building two busts of pharaonic Queen Nefertiti: one with the queen wearing a blood-stained eye patch and another of her donning a gas mask. The group also had banners that read: "Morsy: Stop the violence against protesters!"

The rights group called on Morsy to investigate who is responsible for the violence and to put the perpetrators on trial.

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/amnesty-uses-egyptian-queen-protest-morsy-berlin-visit

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Westerwelle: Germany Committed To Egyptian Financial Aid

Westerwelle: Germany Committed To Egyptian Financial Aid | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle confirmed his country’s commitment to providing financial aid toEgyptwhich needs sustainable foreign support.

 

In statements published Wednesday in German newspaper Rheinische Post, Westerwelle said: “Without investments, tourism growth and ongoing support duringEgypt's transition, there will be no reliable economic future for the country.”

 

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has left Egypt to pay short trip to Germanyto seek urgently needed foreign investment and convinceEuropeof his democratic credentials.

 

Morsi will be meeting today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to hold talks over several topics, notably the political developments inEgyptsince the former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted two years ago.

 

President Morsi is very welcome in Germany," Westerwelle told Reuters in an interview last week.

 

"He is the first democratically elected president in the history of Egypt. We all know that a revolution means a lot of turbulence ... Of course we are not happy with everything that has been decided in the last few months in Egypt but it is necessary to seek solutions, increase the dialogue."

 

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Egypte : Morsi écourte sa visite en Allemagne

Al Qarra - Mohamed Morsi s’est envolé mercredi matin pour Berlin. Une visite de quelques heures durant laquelle le chef de l’Etat doit s’entretenir avec la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et rencontrer des hommes d’affaires. Peu avant son arrivée, le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères, Guido Westerwelle, a prévenu que l’Allemagne conditionnait son aide financière aux avancées démocratiques en Egypte. Initialement prévue sur deux jours, cette visite de Mohamed Morsi a dû être écourtée, en raison du climat de tension et de protestation actuel dans son pays.

Ahmed Gamal, manifestant :

« Monsieur, à parti du moment où le sang coule, alors il (le président) doit partir et être jugé. Nous ne devons pas refaire les mêmes erreurs que la dernière fois, quand nous avons confié les procès à la justice. Non, ce doit être un procès révolutionnaire ».

Ahmad Al Azhari, manifestant :

« Nous vous faisons passer un message à travers les médias, qui dit que les Egyptiens et les révolutionnaires ne peuvent pas être menacés et ne seront pas effrayés par vous. Nous resterons place Tahrir jusqu’à ce que le régime tombe ».

C’est la première fois que Mohamed Morsi se rend en Allemagne depuis son accession au pouvoir en juin dernier. Le président égyptien a en revanche reporté son déplacement à Paris prévue vendredi.

Dans les rues du Caire et de plusieurs autres villes du pays, la tension est palpable. Mais au sein de la population, beaucoup commencent à s’inquiéter de la paralysie économique du pays.   

Samir Mohamed, citoyen égyptien :

« Cette violence et ce nonsense qui a lieu en ce moment ne peut pas revêtir un aspectpolitique. Ce qui se passe ici n’est pas révolutionnaire, ce n’est pas un acte révolutionnaire. La destruction d’espaces public qui appartiennent au peuple égyptien est inacceptable parce qu’au final, nous sommes ceux qui allons devoir tout réparer. Alors, qu’avons-nous fait? »

Les violences de ces derniers jours en Egypte ont fait 52 morts, en très grande majorité à Port-Saïd et à Suez. Dans ces deux villes du Nord-est du pays, l’armée a été déployée pour protéger les bâtiments publics et les installations stratégiques comme le canal de Suez.

 

Par Jihane Boudraa

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Le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi attendu à Berlin ce mercredi

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Le président Mohamed Morsi laissera derrière lui la crise politique égyptienne mercredi lors d'un bref déplacement en Allemagne destiné à convaincre l'Europe de ses intentions démocratiques et les investisseurs du potentiel de son pays.

Le président Morsi rencontrera la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel à Berlin ainsi que des dirigeants d'entreprises. Il a toutefois annulé son séjour à Paris prévu dans la foulée - il devait rencontrer François Hollande lors d'un petit déjeuner vendredi matin - dans un contexte troublé.

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Madame Merkel, transmettez à Morsi notre opinion...

Madame Merkel, transmettez à Morsi notre opinion... | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le 30 Janvier 2013, le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi sera en visite d’Etat à Berlin sur invitation de la Chancelière allemande Angela Merkel.  Mais comment peut-on recevoir un président, dont le pays - deux ans après la chute de Moubarak- ne respecte pas les droits humains fondamentaux?

Nous pensons que la situation des droits de l’homme en Égypte doit être la priorité de l'ordre du jour. La Chancelière doit ouvertement soulever l’importante question des droits de l’homme avec Morsi.

Depuis la chute de Moubarak début Février 2011, les interventions de l'armée et de la police sont excessives et disproportionnées. Plus de 130 personnes ont été tuées, des milliers blessés, dont certains grièvement. Les responsables sont restés impunis. Environ 1.000 civils sont toujours en prison, condamnés dans des procès inéquitables devant des tribunaux militaires.

Néanmoins, le gouvernement fédéral a approuvé en 2011 les exportations d'armes vers l’Egypte pour un montant de € 74,2 millions. Ces armes ont été utilisées dans la répression des manifestants.

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Demandez de notre part à M. Morsi, Madame la Chancelière, de veiller à ce que les cas de violence policière et militaire soient complètement investigués et que les civils condamnés par des tribunaux militaires bénéficient de procès équitables ou qu’ils soient libérés. Le gouvernement fédéral doit également cesser toute fourniture d'armes à l'Egypte, aussi longtemps qu'elles sont utilisées de manière illégale.

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German development bank to fund more than 100 new schools in Upper Egypt

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More than 100 new schools are to be built in Sohag and Assiut governorates with funding by a German development bank. The construction project is planned to be completed by 2016.

The Ministry of Education announced on Saturday that an agreement has been signed with German bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) to fund the building of more than 100 “modern schools” in Upper Egypt. The bank said the ministry chose Sohag and Assiut as the governorates to benefit from the project.

Emad El Baali, an adviser to the minister said in a statement that the project “will lead to a quantum leap in the level of education provided to children who have suffered from neglect for many years.” He added that the project is expected to ensure that there are a maximum of 20 students per class “to achieve quality education.”

According to KfW the project “is the seventh phase of the Primary School Construction Programme which has been running since 1995.”

The aim of the project, according to KfW “is to expand access to child-friendly schools and improve the quality of education in selected districts based on Egypt’s pre-university education national strategic plan.” The project will also implement a new strategy by encouraging local communities to be involved with “development of school improvement plans and the management of the school budget.”

The project will build “child friendly schools”, which means “the child becomes the centre of the school design.” KfW added: “Special attention is given to how the classrooms architecture can foster active learning.” The project will provide modern facilities including sports equipment.

KfW confirmed that it recently signed a deal on behalf of the German government worth €22.34m.

KfW also said the ministry will be in charge of the project, the bank added that the ministry will be assisted by an international consultant company which will monitor the progress of the project. KfW also pointed out that an independent party will audit the ministry’s project account. In addition, representatives will make regular site visits.

The project is expected to start in the second half of 2013, said KfW.

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Egypt made progress in democratic transition, Haddad tells EU

Egypt made progress in democratic transition, Haddad tells EU | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The separation of military and civilian powers, democratic presidential elections and the new constitution are milestones on path to democratic transformation, said President Morsi foreign policy advisor in Berlin.

 

President Mohamed Morsi’s foreign policy advisor Essam Haddad stated on Saturday that Egypt was keen on building its democratic institutions and fulfilling the revolution’s goals, in addition to forging a national dialogue without preconditions amongst all political factions.

 

Speaking in Berlin during a session allocated to the Arab Spring revolutions organised by the Trilateral Commission in the German parliament, Haddad expressed his appreciation for being chosen as the keynote speaker for the session.

He further expressed his appreciation at being granted the opportunity to present a “case study of the democratic transition in the Arab world and in Egypt as a specific case,” official state news agency MENA reported.

Haddad commented on the role of the military and the regime, asserting it was crucial that the clear division of powers and responsibilities would be realised for the creation of a truly civil state.

“In accordance with the civil democratic model, a relationship has been formulated based on respect between the elected civilian government and the military establishment whose performance was characterised by discipline and professional awareness,” Haddad asserted.

 

Haddad stressed that it has proved that the building of democratic institutions still is one of the most “pressing tasks at this stage in an attempt to establish a principle of good governance.”

 

More on: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/67020/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-made-progress-in-democratic-transition,-Hadd.aspx

He also shed light on what he stated was a challenge in combating corruption prevalent during the former regime—coupled with grave violations of human rights—which seeped into the different state institutions and was carried into the transitional period.

 

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German, English Companies Negotiate To Invest $10 bln in Egypt's Energy

German, English Companies Negotiate To Invest $10 bln in Egypt's Energy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hassan Rateb, chairman of the board of Sinai Investors Association, said that a number of whopping German and English companies, besides other nationalities offer $ 10 billion investments in Egypt in the field of energy; especially the electric generation.

 

Rateb has referred that these investments aim at utilizing the Qattara Depression and some resources that able to generate electricity in Egypt to produce "10 Mega" of electricity annually. This could resolve the exaggerated crisis of cutting off power in Egypt.

 

As to the requirements of supporting investments, Hassen Rateb told "Amwal Al Ghad" that the security states in Egypt is not stable, so the government should exert more efforts to restore security in Egypt in order to resume negotiations with the companies, which had announced before they seek injecting million of dollars in Egypt within the coming period.

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Egypte: Nous estimons les positions allemandes soutenant la démocratisation

Egypte: Nous estimons les positions allemandes soutenant la démocratisation | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le porte-parole officiel de la présidence Dr. Yasser Ali a déclaré que le président Mohamed Morsi, avait regagné le Caire en provenance de l'Allemagne au terme d'une visite officielle.

Le président Morsi avait assisté à la réunion du Conseil d'affaires égypto-allemand et examiné avec des penseurs allemands le processus de la transformation démocratique en Égypte et la coopération égypto-allemande.

Il a affirmé que le président s'était entretenu avec la Chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, de la coopération économique, la hausse des échanges commerciaux et des investissements et l'augmentation du nombre de touristes allemands vers l'Egypte.

M. Morsi a informé Mme Merkel des efforts déployés par l'Etat pour appliquer les programmes de réforme politique et économique et rétablir la stabilité dans le pays après la ratification de la Constitution outre des prochaines élections législatives, affaire qui encouragera l'injection de davantage d'investissements en Egypte.

Les pourparlers sont axés sur plusieurs questions régionales et internationales d'intérêt commun avec en tête la crise syrienne, l'arrêt de l'effusion du sang des Syriens, le processus de paix au Proche-Orient et l'allégement de la souffrance du peuple palestinien

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Morsi Says Sees Egypt Economy Growing 5.5 Percent In 2014

Morsi Says Sees Egypt Economy Growing 5.5 Percent In 2014 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi said during a visit to Germany on Wednesday that he hoped for economic growth of 5.5 percent next year and of between 7 and 8 percent in subsequent years.

Morsi, whose one-day visit to Berlin is aimed partly at reassuring Western investors about economic prospects for his crisis-racked country, also said he saw around 750,000 new jobs being created in Egypt on an annual basis.

The World Bank recently forecast economic growth in Egypt of 2.6 percent this year and of 3.8 percent in 2014, rising to 4.7 percent in 2015

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Mursi fails to secure aid for Egypt, gets only advice

Mursi fails to secure aid for Egypt, gets only advice | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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President Mohamed Mursi failed on his brief Wednesday visit to Berlin to persuade Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel to reduce Egypt’s €240 million debt to Germany, the German Der Spiegel magazine reported on Wednesday.

On its website, the magazine stated that Mursi "is unlikely to be satisfied with the outcome of his visit to Berlin", adding that Merkel "failed to respond" as Mursi would have liked.

Merkel refrained from any mention of forgiving Egypt’s debt, which Germany had earlier alluded to.

Merkel also did not discuss the possibility of her country’s participation in new developmental projects, Der Spiegel wrote.

All Merkel did was give advice, the magazine explained.

Mursi attempted to express confidence in Berlin since he needs investors and tourists to return to Egypt for the economy’s recovery, it said.

It is unclear though whether Mursi is able to control the ongoing violence in the country or not, the magazine stated.

According to the magazine, Mursi "outlined a future for Egypt that Germany could only applaud, heralding the dawn of a democratic country based on a separation of church and state, one that champions pluralism and religious freedom."

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya  
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Tough questions await Morsi in Germany

Tough questions await Morsi in Germany | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

German political leaders have a host of questions for visiting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The government wants to know how Morsi plans to reduce tensions and hostility in Egypt.

Leading Egyptian newspapers give the impression that the revolution has more or less lost sight of its goals. "We dreamed of change," writes Al-Masry Al-Yaum and adds: "Unfortunately, nothing has changed - it is as if the revolution had never happened." An editorial writer at Al-Shuruq offers a similarly sobering assessment. Two years ago, people dreamed of a miracle, the paper says - and this is what the miracle looks like today: "Our children are thrown into prison. The poor get even poorer while the rich, under different names and in new alliances, increase their wealth.

Inconvenient questions

Indeed, the times are difficult in Egypt as the country's President Mohamed Morsi embarks on a visit originally scheduled to stop in to several European capitals this week but then cut back due to unrest at home to just a few hours in Germany. His visit to Germany starting on Wednesday is bound to be filled with his hosts' urgent questions - even if they do understand the difficult situation Egypt finds itself in.

After decades of dictatorship, Egyptians now seek new forms of social cooperation, Ruprecht Polenz, head of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee, told DW. "It would be impudent to expect it to be a completely straightforward process without setbacks."

However, German foreign policy experts are uncertain as to where this process might lead. Klaus Brandner, head of the German-Egyptian Group of Parliamentarians, expects the islamization of Egyptian society will increase. Brandner does not expect Egypt to move in the direction of a theocracy, but rather to follow the Turkish model that stipulates a clear separation of state and religion. Traditionally, Egypt is self-confident in religious matters, Brandner told DW, but that "does not mean that conservative-clerical forces alone are responsible for the state's social orientation.

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Ruprecht Polenz urged more plurality among these very forces. It is very unfortunate, the Christian Democratic politician said, that authorities had not succeeded in adopting a constitution that politicians across party lines could have agreed to. Polenz mentioned the difficulty of discerning from the outside the reasons for that failure but added the fact remains that secular forces felt they could not assert themselves against the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic groups.(....)

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Germany To Offer €354 Mln Aid To Egypt

Germany To Offer €354 Mln Aid To Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Ashraf Al Araby has met with the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel on Wednesday to discuss the possible methods of developmental cooperation between Egypt and Germany, reach an agreement concerning the technical and financial cooperation program for 2013 and foster the mutual relations between both countries politically and economically.

Al Araby stated that he discussed with Niebel the current economic and political situation in Egypt. Despite the political turmoil and deteriorated economic situation, Niebel affirmed that Germany considers Egypt a strategic partner for its key role in the region.

Germany allocated €354 million in aid to Egypt as financial and technical support, which is the largest value allocated by Germany for economical development in Egypt. These funds will be directed to the top prior services such as drinking water, drainage, irrigation, electricity, power, solid waste management, education, training, employment and sustainable development sectors

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Berlin Warns Egypt's Morsi on Democracy

Berlin Warns Egypt's Morsi on Democracy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi headed to Berlin on Wednesday to seek European support for his embattled regime, but Germany warned that any future aid to Egypt depends on democratic progress as concern grows about Cairo's deteriorating grip on the country.

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Concern is growing in Berlin that months of political paralysis and nearly a week of violent protests could stunt efforts toward Egypt's democratic renewal. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, speaking on ARD public television ahead of Mr. Morsi's visit, said Berlin's willingness to provide financial assistance for Egypt "depends on progress in democratic development in Egypt," adding: "These last days we have seen some terrible pictures, images of violence and destruction." (...)

Mr. Morsi will also meet Economy Minister Philipp Rösler for talks that will focus on bilateral economic relations and the creation of a joint economic committee. According to a statement by Mr. Rösler, the Egyptian president will be traveling with a number of his cabinet ministers and a delegation of more than 100 Egyptian business leaders. They will engage in discussion with some 160 German business leaders and industry lobbyists at the founding session of the committee on Tuesday.

"Germany and the EU are very interested that Egypt advances democratic and economic reforms and creates stable conditions because these are the foundation of successful economic cooperation," Mr. Rösler said in a statement ahead of Mr. Morsi's visit.

Egypt is Germany's third-largest trading partner among the Arab states, Mr. Rösler said, with a bilateral trade volume of about €4.1 billion ($5.53 billion).


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Les Egyptiens organisent des manifestions contre Morsi en Allemagne

Les Egyptiens organisent des manifestions contre Morsi en Allemagne | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les Egyptiens résidant en Allemagne organiseront deux manifestations au cours de la visite du Président Morsi à Berlin ce mercredi, afin de protester contre la conjoncture économique et les évolutions sociales et politiques en Egypte depuis sa prise de fonction.(…)

Ces « expatriés » ont créé une page sur FB sur laquelle ils ont publié les détails des 2 manifestations : la 1ère serait devant l bureau de la Chancelière allemande à midi. La 2ème, étant devant  l’Ambassade égyptienne à 18h00.

Les organisateurs de la page ont indiqué que les horaires des 2 manifestations ont dû être modifiés plusieurs fois dû à l’écourtement de la durée de la visite de Morsi.


Un militant égyptien a publié sur la page (FB ?) d’Angela Merkel un message dans lequel il a souligné que le président Morsi n’avait pas tenu ses promesses au peuple égyptien, qu’il avait violé les droits des Egyptiens et qu’il n'avait pas respecté le pouvoir législatif.

Le message a ajouté que Morsi avait divisé le pays en défendant les intérêts idéologiques des partis islamiques, ce qui est très clair avec la nouvelle Constitution.

 

Traduction par Randa CHART

 

يعتزم مصريون مقيمون في ألمانيا تنظيم مظاهرتين أثناء زيارة الرئيس محمد مرسي لبرلين يوم الأربعاء، احتجاجا على ما آلت إله الأوضاع الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والسياسية في مصر منذ توليه الحكم

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Germany praises Egypt’s Morsi

Germany praises Egypt’s Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A German government spokesman on Friday praised Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as “constructive,” five days before he arrives in Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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“Within his term as Egypt's first freely elected president, Mr Morsi has stressed that Egypt will be bound by foreign policy commitments. That expressly applies to the peace treaty with Israel,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Morsi's government had been “very reasonable” and “very successful” in bringing about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel last year. “We are confident that this constructive role in Middle East peace process will continue,” he said.

Merkel's talks with Morsi next Wednesday would be a “good opportunity” to “discuss these topics in private.”

He refused to comment on anti-Semitic remarks that news reports claim Morsi made two years ago when speaking as a senior official in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, but said Berlin believed that “whichever side they come from, aggressive or hurtful remarks are not helpful.” - Sapa-dpa

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Egypt, Germany Ink Cooperation Agreement in Solid Waste Management

Egypt, Germany Ink Cooperation Agreement in Solid Waste Management | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy attended the signing ceremony of an agreement between his ministry and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to activate a national program for solid waste management (...).

The program is expected to attract investments in the solid waste management field to Egypt as well as providing jobs and improving services of waste management.

Fahmy asserted that the program will be funded with 51 million euros from several bodies like the European Union, German Bank, GIZ.

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