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Title:East Germany and Africa
Author:Marsh, William W.
Periodical:Africa Report
Geographic terms:Africa
East Germany
Subjects:foreign policy
international relations
Abstract:Since the Soviet Union's engagement on Africa in about 1955, the German Democratic Republic's moves in this continent have been recognized as part of a Soviet-led attempt to gain influence in the Third World. East Germany's failure to achieve significant political gains is mainly due to the fact that the young states, concerned withtheir own credentials of sovereignty and sensitive to the value of international acceptance, tend to avoid associations that could appear to detract from their own standing. In terms of overall trade with developing countries, E.G. ranks among the least active of the members of the COMECON; a stronger showing has been mace in the training of African students. The major objective among all African countries has been the U.A.R., the experiences in that country and in Guinea, Ghana, Tanzania, and Mali are described in the article, Last Germans have contributed rather little to the overall communist position in Africa; still, there is no evidence that they are discouraged. They see Africa as an important proving ground for establishing the legitimacy of East Germany in the community of nations.