German Chancellor Olaf Scholz this weekend makes his third visit to sub-Saharan Africa in two years, as conflicts in Ukraine and Israel highlight the growing importance of an energy-rich region in which Berlin has traditionally had little involvement. He will visit major energy producer Nigeria, as well as Ghana, with migration flows and instability in West Africa also on his agenda. Much of the impetus for the trip has come from the realization that Germany needs Africa more than it thought, said Greens legislator Anton Hofreiter. “People realized we needed allies against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” he said. The war between Israel and Hamas has leant new urgency in particular to the energy aspect of the trip. Ghana and Nigeria would be first in his trip to increase the import of energy resources, including gas and oil. He will also raise the topic of migration.
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