After 25 years Germany needs a foreign policy – FT.com

This is an outstanding, must-read, article from the FT. Check it out!

via After 25 years Germany needs a foreign policy – FT.com.

Let me give you a flavor:

Ms Merkel has built her political career on caution – on taking the temperature and weighing all the options before acting. The approach has served her well. But leadership in foreign policy demands something more………………

Personally, I tend to agree with the article. What do you think?

Thoughts?

Chinese officials accused of smuggling African ivory on official visits – LA Times

Men with ivory tusks, Dar Es Salaam

Men with ivory tusks, Dar Es Salaam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ivory trade, East Africa, 1880s/1890s Some sli...

Ivory trade, East Africa, 1880s/1890s Some slightly faded, otherwise most in good condition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fang traders with ivory. From The fetish folk ...

Fang traders with ivory. From The fetish folk of West Africa (published [c1912] ). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a deeply worrying story, published in the Los Angeles Times.

via Chinese officials accused of smuggling African ivory on official visits – LA Times.

It seems that whilst China is investing heavily in infrastructure and trade with Africa, there are major concerns about exploiting endangered animals. Meanwhile, the Chinese authorities are citing the absence of evidence.

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