Despite government efforts to foster growth and jobs, Algeria remains stuck in its transition from a socialist planned economy to one based on free enterprise. DW discussed this with Louisa Mammeri from the BMW foundation.
Chancellor Merkel is headed for Algeria to find ways to boost trade with the Mediterranean nation. But the complicated issue of migration will loom over her talks as Berlin looks for ways to stem irregular migration.
Germany's Cabinet wants to add three Maghreb states and Georgia to a list of "safe countries of origin." But will the change pass Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, where it failed last year?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been on tour in Africa again. It is no longer about economic cooperation only. Turkey could also be much involved in the issue of security in the future.
Berlin is under pressure to deport refugees from so-called "safe countries of origin" back to their homelands. But a country like Algeria has other challenges to overcome before it takes back its people.
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