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Emran Feroz is an Afghan-Austrian journalist currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is regularly writing from Afghanistan, often focusing on the Middle East, Central Asia, drone warfare, refugee policies and human rights. Emran is writing in both German and English. His work has already appeared in international media outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, Alternet, The Atlantic or the New York Times and in various German and Austrian news papers and magazines.
This well-written piece argues that Africa is still a colonized continent, and that many of its internal problems are rooted in European foreign policy.
Especially in terms of the so called migration or refugee crisis, countries like France are largely responsible.
"Out of the 67 coups in 26 African countries in the last 50 years, 61 percent took place in former French colonies. Fifty percent of the monetary reserves of 14 African countries are still today under full French control: none of them has any control over its macroeconomic and monetary policy. France makes billions of euros from Africa annually under the form of "reserves", and lend part of the same money to its owners on market rates", the article says.
These numbers are speaking for themselves.
But according to the author, France and other countries also take the best and brightest out of Africa, while largely ignoring, or complaining about, the rest of the people.
The European Union has signed several agreements with African countries. However, most of them have been dictated by European governments and corrupt African elites, not by local populations. For that reason, the distribution of power is often very obvious.
At the same time, it's not solely the far-right that complains about "migration from Africa". Several European countries and NGOs want to decrease migration from the continent. They often use a soft rhetoric that sounds rational. But they do not want to accept the current realities of African countries and the involvement of Western powers.
"Europe", in truth, is not defending itself, but "attacking", the author says.
This could not be more true.